Current Staff Reads: April 2017

So what do library workers actually read? Here in Adult and Teen Services, we have a wide range of tastes and interests, so I thought it would be fun to highlight what some of us are currently reading at the moment. Who knows, this might become a regular thing on the blog! Let’s begin.

Brian:

Amazing Journey: The Life of Pete Townshend by Mark Wilkerson

Amazing Journey: The Life of Pete Townshend by Mark Wilkerson

This is Brian’s current read. As you can tell from the title, it’s about the life of Pete Townshend, the lead guitarist of The Who. Brian is enjoying this book because of its candid descriptions and snippets of insider info that he didn’t know before. (And Brian knows a lot about music, so that’s saying something!)

Jessica:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Jessica is reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is a fictional book narrated by a dog! Jessica says she’s enjoying it – she says it’s a bit sad, but that the dog is very smart and she likes that it is the dog who is telling the story.

Maureen:

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Maureen just started reading this book for the Coffee and Conversion book club at Fountaindale! If you’re into 1920s history, this might be the novel for you.

Deyanira:

Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Deyanira is reading Game of Thrones! She says she’s really enjoying it because each chapter is written from a different characters’ perspective. She also likes how it seems very seeped in both history and fantasy.  We just told her not to get too attached to any of the characters…

Emily:

In the Country We Love

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

I’m reading In the Country We Love, which is a memoir written by Diane Guerrero, who is famous for starring in the shows “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.” She talks about being the daughter of undocumented immigrant parents who were deported when she was fourteen. It’s really good!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what some of our staff is reading! What’s on your reading list right now?

-ES

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National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month.  Introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website Poets.org serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The organization also provides free educational resources for teachers in classroom celebrations and activities, and also commissions an annual festival poster.  The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in celebration of National Poetry Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful art form.

 

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Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1. The American Night by Jim Morrison
  2. Complete Poems 1904-1962 by e. e. cummings
  3. Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure
  4. The Roominghouse Madrigals by Charles Bukowski
  5. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Jack Kerouac

 

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and celebrate the art as well as the poets who have contributed immensely to the creative foundation of Poetry.

-Brian

Social media apps for book lovers!

Book readers aren’t just solitary creatures who stay indoors surrounded by cats and books as their only friends. We have lots of human friends, too, even online friends from around the world. Check out these social networking sites exclusively suited for book nerds. The have changed the way I read for the better.

Goodreads

Goodreads

You probably already know about Goodreads by now. But if you don’t, it is the #1 website and app for book lovers. You can connect it to your Facebook or Twitter (in case you’re worried about having another password to remember) and import your friends right onto Goodreads. Goodreads allows you to rate, review, and recommend books. It also allows you to organize your bookshelves into categories like “read,” “to-read,” “currently reading,” “want to buy,” “books about cats,” etc. You can join virtual book clubs on Goodreads to discuss with others and even enter giveaways for free books. It’s basically the best.

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  • Apps for Android and iOS

Litsy

Litsy

Litsy is what would happen if Instagram and Goodreads had a baby. On the Litsy app, you can share quotes, reviews, and pictures of books you read. Basically like status updates for reading! You can earn points by posting about books you’ve read, and Litsy will also keep track of how many pages you’ve read. Litsy is just really fun to scroll through to look at beautiful photos of books, and find some new reads for yourself! It’s pretty addicting.

  • Apps for Android and iOS

LibraryThing

LibraryThing

LibraryThing is for hard core readers who not only want to connect with other readers but who also want a perfect tool for cataloging their home libraries. LibraryThing allows you to scan books into your collection and use it as a catalog for your own books. You can find people who have similar collections to you, join book clubs on LibraryThing, and look up all sorts of fun statistics about your books – like, how tall would your book collection be if you stacked every book on top of each other? Right now mine is taller than the Taj Mahal but not quite as tall as Big Ben…

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  • App for iOS

There’s many more where these came from, such as Bookstr (similar to Goodreads), Libib (similar to LibraryThing), and Bookling, an iOS app that keeps track of your reading and motivates you to read. Get exploring books nerds, there’s plenty of tech out there for you, too!

What are your favorite bookish apps and websites?

 

March 2017 TBR

Hey guys! I’d love to share my “to-be-read” list for March. I am hoping to read 5 books this month.7218138

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The first book I’ll be reading is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by brilliant Mark Twain.
This book was my absolute favorite growing up!
It will be my 3rd time reading it, so I am excited to see if I can pick up something new or catch something I may have missed previously. I will be reading this book with the Great Reads Book Club and I cannot wait to hear what they have to say about this American classic!

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I will be returning to the world of criminal procedure in Dublin. Last year I have been introduced to Tana French and her Dublin Murder Squad Series. In the Woods is the first book in that series and it’s absolutely brilliant! What made In the Woods  the-likeness-pbsuch an amazing debut novel was Tana’s beautiful, descriptive prose, great plot and three-dimensional characters. Oh, and did I mention that the narrator is unreliable? It’s so great! The Likeness is the 2nd book in the series and I am beyond excited for my comeback to Ireland and its criminal world.

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20559In the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that 2017 will be the year of exploring new genres. Ubik, written by the master of science-fiction Phillip K. Dick, is that book. His works inspired Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall (1990),
The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Screamers (1995), Minority Report (2002), Next (2007), Paycheck (2003) and quintessential sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982). For my first PKD read, I wanted to select a book that was not turned into a movie and Ubik was a perfect choice.

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The Refugees by Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen is the fourth book on my March TBR list. This book presents tragic, emotionally devastating the-refugees-thanhstories of Vietnamese refugees in California. This book seemed to be a perfect read in our contemporary political environment.

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1105full-the-story-of-civilization,-vol-ii--the-life-of-greece-by-will-durant.-coverAnother one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more
historical non-fiction. Here I want to step out of my comfort zone and read more works of ancient history instead of modern history. This is why I picked a giant tome The Life of Greece by Will Durant. Published in 1939, this work is still widely considered to be an authority text on the topic of Ancient Greece and Durant’s name is genuinely cherished in historical circles. I am excited to read this epic tome but I probably will not finish it in March.

by Ilya K

New Book Club! Forever Young Adult

Fountaindale is excited to announce the start of a new book club in March of 2017! “Forever Young Adult” is a book club for those 18 and older who love to read Young Adult Literature!

Many of us know that Young Adult Literature is definitely NOT just for young adults! Loved Harry Potter? The Hunger Games? Even Twilight? (If so, that’s okay, we won’t tell anyone!) Or maybe you are a John Green buff who read The Fault in Our Stars the day it came out. Or maybe you haven’t read a YA book in your life but are curious as to what all the fuss is about! From super-fans to causal readers to newbies, this club is for YOU.

Young Adult literature might be easier to read than adult fiction, but as a genre, it is known for its creative, out-of-the-box concepts, emotional resonance, and memorable characters. This is why so many adults enjoy reading “YA” lit. Where else can you find books entirely written as case files or love letters to someone long dead? New and innovative ways of storytelling are being published in YA all the time – even genres like nonfiction and poetry are gaining ground in YA. The Forever Young Adult book club plans to explore the latest hits in the YA genre and participate in engaging discussions about the texts we read.

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First up for the new book club is our March read: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Rowell has become one of the biggest names in YA over the last few years, and Eleanor & Park is arguably her best YA novel. Here is a brief synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Even if you absolutely will never be caught dead with a love story, this book will surprise you. Far from ooey-gooey romance, the book is filled with witty quips and awesome 80s references. It’s funny, poignant, and adorable all at the same time.

The Forever Young Adult Book Club will meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, starting with our first meeting on March 8th. No registration is necessary! To reserve your copy of Eleanor & Park, you can call Adult and Teen Services at 630-685-4176 or visit the 3rd Floor Reference Desk!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH DISPLAY

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February 1st is the start of Black History Month.  Black History Month celebrates the people, history, culture and influence of African-American citizens in the U.S.  African-Americans contribute to our nation and economy in many ways, from our government and military, to small business, industry, arts, music, food and education. The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in dedication to Black History Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful culture.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1. Black America: A Photographic Journey by Marcia A. Smith
  2. Creating Black Americans by Nell Irvin Painter
  3. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
  4. Legacy: Treasures of Black History by John Hope Franklin
  5. Living Black History by Manning Marable

 

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and celebrate the history, people, culture, and contributions of African-Americans and Black History.

 

-Brian

Great Reads Book Club – January’s Book

6606456Great Reads Book Club kicked off the New Year with Nancy Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning. Apart from one person, who did not like anything about the book, everyone enjoyed Pickard’s mystery. While the majority liked the book, there was a uniform consensus that the final 20 to 30 pages could have been better plotted and better written. Unfortunately, a poorly-written conclusion muddles an enjoyable reading experience.

The most impressive aspect about Nancy Pickard’s The Scent of Rain and Lightning is its setting. According to the author, an idea for the story was born from the landscape. Pickard saw a photograph of Monument Rocks in Gove County, Kansas and was, according to her own words, ‘blown away’.

A small, fictional town of Rose is unpredictable. There are tornadoes, ice storms, bad economy and unresolved mysteries. When Jody Linder was 3 her father was murdered and her mother disappeared. A local drunkard and suspected wife beater Billy Crosby is arrested and imprisoned for committing the crime. Billy tries to convince everyone that he did not kill Jody’s father, but it is a word of an unpredictable, self-destructing man versus an overwhelming majority of a ‘decent’ community. 23 years later Billy’s sentence is commuted and he is released from jail. Billy’s early release unleashes an erratic chain of events; an incident that changes lives of nearly everyone living in Rose.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning has a few plot holes but that should not stop potential readers from picking this book up. The story is engaging and, as I have mentioned previously, the small town setting is believable and engrossing. Rural Kansas comes alive through Pickard’s writing. If you prefer a great sense of place over mystery , I definitely recommend this book. A movie adaptation starring Justin Chatwin (Shameless, War of the Worlds) will be released in 2017.

-Ilya