You Are What You Read

July 29, 2014

roommate agreement1   I was reading an email from Galley Cat, and they had an interesting article on writing that states if you want to write better then you need to read a lot of books. Now, I am not a writer, nor do I have time to be. What caught my interest was the infographic that went along with the article. The infographic is a look at what is on famous people’s bookshelves. The people that made the list are writers, musicians, movie stars, presidents, and television personalities….kinda. Along with John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, David Bowie, and Albert Einstein, you will find Dwight Schrute and my favorite – Sheldon Cooper. On Sheldon’s bookshelf you can find the infamous Roommate Agreement. If you do not know who Sheldon Cooper is run right now to your local library and rent a copy of The Big Bang Theory season one. Go ahead… I’ll wait. Good – you’re back. Now aren’t you glad you watched that? So, how many of the books on the infograph have you read? Me? Only 30 titles, but there are some good ones there such as:

Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself by Dale Power,

Reusing Old Graves by Douglas Davies,

The Revenge Encyclopedia, and

The Armageddon Survival Handbook.

Here is a link to the entire article: http://bid4papers.com/blog/read-more-write-better/


Summer Reading Program Prizes

July 28, 2014

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Logging for the summer reading program “Literary Elements” has ended, but there is still time to pick up your prizes! Prizes will be available while supplies last until Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the third floor desk.

Congratulations to our four grand prize winners:

Caroline A – Tea Time
Robert L – Morning Cup of Joe
Sarah B – Based on the Book
Linda H – Outreach Tea Time

Congratulations to everyone who participated this year!


Vampires Are Not Always Romantic

July 17, 2014

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A couple of years ago, The Fountaindale Library’s Horror Book Club read the book The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, noted film and screen writer and director. The book brought vampires out of the sparkle and romance that seemed to surround them with the popularity of the Twilight series and back to what they should be scary, demonic creatures intent on destroying the world. At the time we read the book, we all noted how this would make  a wonderful mini-series. Well now it has, The Strain recently debuted on FX as a regular series.

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The story starts out as the book, with a plane landing at JFK airport with all its passengers dead. Or are they? Epidemiologist Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather and his team are sent on board to investigate just what happened to all the passengers. Meanwhile, a mysterious coffin is found, a dying billionaire wants it, and something horrible is unleashed in New York City. Even the rats want out! Eph and his team find they are in a battle to not only save their families but the city. And just who is Professor Abraham Setrakian? On the surface he is an elderly pawnbroker and Holocaust survivor, but there is more than meets the eye.  What is going on with the heart he keeps in a jar? And why does he feed it blood?

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So many answers yet to come! The book is actually part one of a trilogy followed by The Fall and The Night Eternal.  I highly recommend them. The series is supposed to cover it all. I watched it and was pretty impressed and plan on seeing it again. It’s on Sunday nights on FX at 9 pm CST.

These are vampires you do NOT want to date!

 

— Christine


Book Review: Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

June 26, 2014

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I recently had the pleasure (and fright) of reading, Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie. This was my first time reading one of his books, though my husband is a fan. I am a fan after this! The premise of the book is that all of the world’s children suddenly die. Society comes to a halt as parents bury their children, many in mass graves, once normal and happy families fall into despair…  And then the children “wake up”, but don’t expect zombies. What follows is an innovative and fresh take on an often tired genre. The real horror besides the children (they are scary!) is what lengths people will go to ensure the lives of their children and how the real monsters are within ourselves. How far would you go? The book has strong everyday characters  who fall apart before our eyes and made for an engrossing and sometimes brutal, read.

The Fountaindale Public Library has copies of the book available for check out. If you like horror that makes you think and sticks in your head long after you finish reading it, get this book. Highly recommended!!!!

 

–Chrisitine


Spotlight On New Inspirational Fiction

April 29, 2014

fair play                   Fair Play                  

     by Deeanne Gist

Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until Texas Ranger, Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife. Clash of wills but will love win out? Another fun read from Deeanne Gist!

poltsPlots and Pans

by Kelly Eileen Hake

Tucker Carmichael likes order, especially on a cattle drive.  The Chisholm Trail is dirty, dangerous, and no place for women. After being away at school, Jessalyn Culpepper has come home and is determined to show everyone that a woman can manage everything from cooking to cattle! Tucker is horrified when she wants to join the cattle drive. But when they need a chuck wagon cook, Jessalyn seems the only solution.

The-Midwife-.-.-.-final-coverThe Midwife

by Jolina Petersheim

Rhoda , a Mennonite woman, with a past she wants to hide, is the head midwife at Hopen Haus. Beth Winslow, a surrogate whose  unborn child has some abnormalities, flees to Hopen Haus were Rhoda works. Add to that a pregnant young woman named Amelia who arrives  bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia’s due date draws near, Rhoda must face her past and those she thought she had left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.

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by Francine Rivers

It’s the 1950s and Lena Scott is the hottest rising star  since Marilyn Monroe. Only a few people know her by real name Abra and even fewer know the price she has paid for stardom. Pastor Ezekiel Freeman found her years ago, an abandoned newborn. The scars of that event left her vulnerable to a fast talker who lured her to Hollywood, to a life she is not prepared for. Fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

pelicanThe Pelican Bride

by Beth White

In 1704  Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a ship to the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Genevieve knows life won’t be easy but when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose  fair treatment of native people has made him  unpopular in the  colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.

springOne Perfect Spring

by Irene Hannon

Claire Summers is an independent single mother who is doing her best she can. Keith Watson is a workaholic with no  social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he’s used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire’s eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. The girl isn’t asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an elderly neighbor.

—- Christine

 


May Horror Book Club: Pure Evil Does Exist….

April 25, 2014

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Chris MacNeil has it all. She is a respected actress with a great career, she has a lovely house, plenty of good friends and most importantly the has the greatest treasure in the world– her young daughter Regan. But lately, Regan’s behavior is disturbing. She takes her to the best doctors yet no one can find anything wrong.  Things are going from bad to worse. What trouble is hiding in her little girl? Or maybe the question is who? Should Chris turn to the one solution that she has no belief in? Does she have a choice? Cue the Tubular Bells!

Please join the Horror Book Club Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm where we will be discussing the horror classic The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty one of the most frightening books of all time. Copies of the book are available at the third floor Information desk. Goodies will be provided (no pea soup!). Questions? Please feel free to call Christine at 630-685-4173.

If you have seen the movie, read the book and let us know what you think! Hope to see you there.

— Christine


Check Out Saturday’s Author Fair!

April 12, 2014

Stop by the library today for our fifth annual Author Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Fountaindale Public Library District!  We have 25 authors a full day of fantastic events including:

50 Shades of Dead with Luisa Buehler at 11:3o am

True Chicagoland Ghost Stories at 1:3o pm

Vampire Stories for Young Adults with Denise Baran-Unland at 2:30 pm

Story and Crafts with Katharine Gingold at 2:20 pm

Call the library at 630-685-4176 for more information!

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