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!


Enjoy A Good Mystery With The Chills and Thrills Book Club

March 27, 2014

 If you like mysteries maybe you would like to join The Chills and Thrills Book Club? The book club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in our board room. Everyone is welcome!

Here are some of the upcoming titles that will be discussed in the upcoming months.

May 7th

sudoku_Murder2Mathematician and Sudoku whiz Katie McDonald,  a self-professed geek who works for a hush-hush government think tank, returns to her hometown of Granville, N.H., at the behest of her former mentor, P.T. Avondale. Katie is shocked to find him frail and preoccupied, his beloved puzzle museum in serious disrepair and dire financial straits. Before Katie can make sense of the situation, she discovers Avondale murdered in his office—slumped over an unfinished Sudoku puzzle that may provide a clue to the killer’s identity. She tops the brash new police chief’s suspect list and decides to solve the case on her own, not only to clear her name but to save the Avondale museum from the wrecking ball.

June 4th

Death AngelWhen the body of a young woman is discovered in Central Park, the clock begins ticking for Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace to find the killer who has breached this haven in the middle of New York City. Is the body found in the lake, under the unseeing gaze of the Bethesda angel, the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or is the case connected to other missing girls and women in years past whose remains have never been found? Just as the trio gets their first lead, the investigation is almost derailed when Mike and Alex become embroiled in a scandal.

July 2nd

knockJacobia “Jake” Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project—repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine—when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up again. Murder will out. Then there’s the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July—just two days away. Jake remembers some shady characters from her days as a hotshot financial manager, but she’s baffled as to the identity of her nemesis—until she receives a photo of a murdered man. From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown, not just for Jake but for the entire town of Eastport.

August 6th

killineteen-year-old Jace Damon has had a hard life. His mother died when he was just 13, and since then he has been struggling to raise his younger brother, all while staying beneath the radar of Child Protective Services. With the help of an understanding Chinese benefactress, Madam Chan, the two have been living in L.A.’s Chinatown, where Jace works as a bike messenger. One dark and rainy night, Jace agrees to do a last delivery. He picks up a package from a shady lawyer, but when he gets to the delivery address, he finds an empty lot; suddenly, someone attacks him and tries to grab the package. The bike messenger takes off, but the attacker pursues him, nearly runs him over with a car, and takes a couple of shots at him. Injured and frightened, Jace returns to Lowell’s office only to find the place swarming with cops and the attorney murdered. The plot thickens as Jace attempts to elude both homicide detective Ken Parker, who wants some answers, and a menacing, shadowy figure, who is trying to get that package.

If you would like a copy of any of these books, please stop by our third floor Information Desk or call us at 630-685-4176. Hope to see you there!


April Horror Book Club: Some Things Are Better Left Unfinished

March 23, 2014

no doorsAspiring novelist,  Scott Mast reluctantly returns home  for his fathers funeral. While there he finds that his brother is an alcoholic and his family a mess. Wanting to help his 5 year old nephew, Henry, Scott decides to stay, no matter how much he wants to leave. One day, he discovers a partial manuscript of a horror novel his father was writing hidden in the tool shed.  His high school sweetheart suggests he stick around and finish it. Why not, what harm could it do? Maybe it will make him famous? But why was it hidden? And what if the novel is entirely fictional?

Please join us for on April 9th at 7pm for the monthly meeting of the Horror Book Club when we will be discussing No Doors, No Windows by Joe Schreiber. We will be meeting in our third floor local history room. Refreshments will be provided. If you would like a copy of the book, please see our third floor information desk or call 630-685-4176.

—– Christine

March Horror Book Club: A River Not to Cross

February 27, 2014

riverFailed academic Frank Nichols and his soon to be wife move to rural Georgia, where he plans to write a history of his family’s old plantation and the horrors that occurred there. At first,the townspeople are charming and quaint, life is quiet and relaxed. But soon Frank is haunted by dreams of his time in the war and then a walk in the woods changes everything leaving him questioning his own sanity and fearing for his life.

Please join us onWednesday, March 12th at 7pm for our monthly meeting of the Horror Book Club where we will be discussing, Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman. We meet in the 2nd floor boardroom and goodies will be provided. If you are interested, just stop by our third floor desk or call 630-685-4173 for more information.


Historical Fiction Read-a-likes

February 8, 2014
Do you like to read books by Philippa Gregory and are looking for a new author to read? The Pinnacle Library System owns several books by a variety of authors you might enjoy but not be familiar with. Listed below are a several of the  authors along with some of the titles Fountaindale owns:

The Forbidden Queen

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by Anne O’Brien

The Boleyn Wife


by Brandy Purdy

Daughter of York

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by Anne Easter Smith

Roses Have Thorns


by Sandra Byrd

The Forgotten Queen


by DL Bogdan

I, Jane: In the Court of Henry VIII


by Diane Haeger

Secrets of the Tudor Court: At the Kings Pleasure


by Kate Emerson

The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

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by Carolly Erickson

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici


by CW Gortner

— Christine

February Horror Book Club: What Price Would You Pay?

January 23, 2014

priceBoston DA Will Sullivan has big dreams. Until his daughter Sydney becomes seriously ill. Now he and his wife Joanna are willing to do anything to save their daughter’s life. But at Briarwood Medical Center, nothing is as it seems. Patients on the brink of death are not only surviving but thriving, while others wither away… When Sydney’s health miraculously improves, Will suspects something is very wrong. Did his wife pay the price to save their daughter? Now Will must face a powerful, unknown evil before he loses…everything.

Please join the February meeting of the Horror Book Club when we discuss The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff. We meet on Wednesday Feb. 12th in our Board Room at 7pm. Copies of the book are available at our third floor reference desk or call 630-685-4173. Treats will be provided.

– Christine

Check out a Nook from the library today!

January 9, 2014

Don’t have your own e-reader? No problem! The library now has Nooks available for checkout! Titles on the adult Nooks include classics and current best-sellers, so you’re sure to find your next great read!

How do you check out a Nook, you ask?

It only takes 3 easy steps!

1. You must have a Fountaindale Public Library District card in good standing.

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2. SMILE! Have your picture taken at the 1st Floor Information Desk and added to your account, if you haven’t done so already.


3.Read and sign a waiver at the 3rd floor service desk that outlines the rules for checking out a Nook. You’ll have an extra copy to keep for yourself (Note: To check out a Nook for a child or teen, see the Children’s or Vortex desks for waivers to be signed by child/teen and parent or guardian).


You’re now ready to check out a Nook! If this is your first time using one, the librarian at the 3rd floor service desk would be happy to show you how to use it. Because they have been so popular, they might all be checked out when you visit us. If that’s the case, you can ask the librarian to place one on hold for you and we will contact you when it is available for pick up! Just be sure to get the dummy case from the 1st floor hold shelf and bring that upstairs to swap for the real Nook.

Happy reading!



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