Return to the Wizarding World!

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Have you heard? Audiences are returning to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the release of the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th! With an original screenplay written by Rowling herself, the film follows magizoologist Newt Scamander, author of the famed textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” used by Harry and his friends at Hogwarts. But before Newt wrote his book, he was just a lost wizard, kicked out of Hogwarts and wandering the streets of New York City with a suitcase full of magical creatures. A suitcase that opens…and lets the beasts loose on New York! The film looks to be a more “grown-up” version of the magical world we know, rife with political struggles between witches and Muggles in the days of prohibition.

We are so excited to return to the magic, and at Fountaindale, we are celebrating! On November 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fountaindale will be converting to 1920s Wizarding NYC! Join us for some flapper-themed magical fun, including a photo booth, wizard treats, real-life beasts, scavenger hunts, and more! Here’s the full schedule:

All Day

  • Fantastic Beasts 1920s Street Photo Area
  • Origami and coloring sheets

10:00 a.m.– Noon

  • Fantastic Beasts Animal Experience—Meet amazing creatures of all shapes and sizes!

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

  • Make Your Own Wand Craft
    • Create magical wand creations with washi tape!
  • MACUSA Wand Registration
  • Creature Maze
  • Wizard Emporium
  • Find the Fantastic Beasts Creature Scavenger Hunt Challenge

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

  • Experimental Creatures Lab—Bristle Bots

1:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Center Stage Players present Your Favorite Scenes from Harry Potter

2:00–4:00 p.m.

  • Studio 300’s Have You Seen This Wizard Poster Shoot
    • Come in for an interactive photo inspired by the wizarding world!
  • Make Your Own Wand Craft
  • MACUSA Wand Registration
  • Creature Maze
  • Wizard Emporium
  • Find the Fantastic Beasts Creature Scavenger Hunt Challenge

…and Brooks Café has a special wizard menu of Butterbeer, Pick-Me-Up Potions, Chocolate Frogs, and more!

The Friends of Fountaindale Book Cellar will be open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This is an all-ages, no-registration event – so stop by to discover the magic!

Here are some photos of what we’ve been working on to get prepared:

Sue Monk Kidd Inspires Literary Vacation

s The Invention of Wings sparked a multi-generational adventure to Charleston, South Carolina.

After reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd I became obsessed with learning as much as I could about the sisters Grimke.  Although the book was historical fiction, Sarah and Angelina Grimke are more than just characters in a book, they were true abolitionists and suffragettes, and not surprising were daughters of true American patriots.  Their father was once jailed in Charleston by the British and the girls eventually had to leave Charleston in fear for their lives, never to return for the sake of their family.   After finishing my research I felt the need to visit Charleston and see some of the places that were so vividly described in the book.  Having also read the books, I invited two of my Aunts and one of my Daughters to go along with me on this pilgrimage.  Before our trip I contacted Carol Ezell-Gilson, part of the Charleston Preservation Society, who, along with a partner, leads the Original Grimke Sisters Tours.  We were not disappointed. Carol led us through Charleston, bringing us to the home that Sarah lived as a young girl, the home they moved to before Angelina was born, by the (most likely) home of Denmark Vecey, a free black carpenter and minister who led the opposition of Slavery in Charleston in 1822 and many other relevant landmarks.  She helped us discern the differences of fact and fiction in the book and helped us understand the city during the early 1800’s in such a special way. a

The book, written in two voices, the first being Sarah Grimke and the second being Hattie (Handful), her slave, gives life and breath to what it might feel like to live in the South during a turbulent time when people were so divided about right and wrong.  Having three generations of women following a path forged by the strength of two sisters was a powerful experience, building a bond I will cherish forever.

 

By Kathy Bennett
Children’s Services Associate

Great Reads Book Club – June’s Book

 

21853621In a video book trailer for The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah called it her personal favorite out of the books she had written. A veteran of romance genre, Hannah captivated her old readers and gained many new fans in the historical fiction genre after The Nightingale’s publication. The novel won many prestigious awards, such as the Goodreads Choice Award in 2015 and Library Journal’s Best Historical Fiction Award, but even more importantly, Kristin Hannah’s take on the Nazi-occupied France enthralled everyone in the Great Reads Book Club.

Hannah mentioned in one of her interviews that the idea for The Nightingale came to her several years ago while she was in a process of doing research for her other book, Winter Garden, which was set in Russia during World War II. While reading women’s war stories and diaries, Hannah came across the true story of a 19-year-old Belgian woman who created an escape route out of Nazi-occupied France. Her name was Andrée De Jongh and her story inspired The Nightingale.

When the Wehrmacht troops entered and occupied France in 1940, they broke the spirit of the French people with scare tactics, malnourishment, and at times, outright savagery. Albeit their cruel actions weakened the French population both physically and mentally, many fought back by joining together in what became known as the French Resistance. Our protagonists, sisters Isabelle and Vianne, fought back against the Nazi occupation in their own ways. The courage and sacrifice these sisters displayed in the novel honors the real French men and women, who experienced tremendous suffering during that time period.

My favorite aspect of The Nightingale was the gradual transformation of Isabelle and Vianne. In the beginning of the novel, we find out that they were driven apart by unhealed childhood wounds and divergent personalities. Isabelle is rebellious and not afraid to express her true feelings, even in the face of certain harm and danger. Vianne’s main source of anxiety is the safety of her daughter in the face of German occupation and, therefore, she tries to follow the rules. The Great War transforms the sisters and, while driving them apart initially, ultimately brings them closer together. If you enjoy courageous, dynamic, three-dimensional characters and seeing what actions they would take when facing tremendous ordeals, The Nightingale is the book for you. Hannah writes in a compelling and emotionally-moving way and it’s truly hard to put this one down.

Ilya Kabirov

The POP Cult-ure CLASH is coming soon!

pop_logoFans of the most famous, influential and revered pop phenomena team up and compete in a fun and exciting trivia contest to see which group can claim the title of “Greatest Pop Culture Fan Club.”

Teams will be grouped in a bracket-tiered system and answer trivia questions about their favorite pop culture sub-genre.

***Individuals may also register, and will be assigned to teams of like interest.***

For example, “Star Wars” fans will answer questions about “Star Wars”, while “Star Trek” fans do the same about “Star Trek”.

The team with the most correct answers advances to the next round. Each member of the last team standing will win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card!

Are you a real Fan? Here’s your chance to prove it! Register your team by 5 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The POP Cult-ure CLASH will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Joliet Barnes and Noble (across from Louis Joliet Mall.)

Who will win?

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

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Star Trek or Star Wars?

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  Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Who?

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Game of Thrones or Dungeons and Dragons?

GAME-OF-THRONES

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DC or Marvel?

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Which group will be crowned “Greatest Pop Culture Fan Club?”

 

 

 

All are welcome to participate! To sign up, visit us at http://ww2.psd202.org/greatread/

Summer Reading Program Prizes

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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!

Check Out Saturday’s Author Fair!

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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Enjoy A Good Mystery With The Chills and Thrills Book Club

 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!

-Christine