Stay Forever Young with YA Lit!

Hello, book lovers!

Are you an adult who loves to read Young Adult literature? Or wanting to dive into a new genre known for its diversity, beautiful writing, and innovative stories? The Forever Young Adult Book Club has a new meeting night! Join us on Monday, September 11 at 7 PM in the Local History room to talk about your favorite YA literature! We also now have a Meetup group on Meetup.com where you can stay up-to-date on our meetings.

Here is a little bit about each of our upcoming featured books for the fall!

September 11
Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
Poetry memoir

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Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again? In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. –Goodreads

October 9
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Horror

And the Trees Crept In

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see? –Goodreads

November 13
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Contemporary fiction

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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. –Goodreads

December 11
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Contemporary fiction

Kill the boy band

Four fan-girls of The Ruperts, sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated–and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.

Hope to see you there!

-ES

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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!

Read great books, meet new friends, and win prizes!

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Summer Reading may be over, but you can still earn prizes while reading great books! October is Book Club Month; if you join a book club in October, you’ll earn a prize at the end of the meeting AND you can enter in a grand prize drawing for either a $15 Dunkin’ Donuts or Barnes & Noble gift card! The drawing is held at the end of the month. You may enter for the drawing more than once by attending multiple book clubs!

BOOK CLUBS

CHILLS AND THRILLS is a mystery book club that meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Contact: Christine

October 2Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron

November 6Learning to Swim by Sara Henry

December 4Last Child by John Hart

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HORROR book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Books include zombies, ghosts, and vampires! Contact: Christine

October 9The Rising by Brian Keene

November 13Dweller by Jeff Strand

December 11Zombie Illinois by Scott

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TURNING PAGES book club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Books include historical fiction and non-fiction. Contact: Rozie, Andrea, or Zach

October 10The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

NovemberThe Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

December 12Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

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COFFEE AND CONVERSATION meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and great conversation in Meeting Room B. Books include mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, and literary fiction. Contact: Maureen

October 15Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

November 19Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

December 17Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

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X MEETS Y book club is a Gen X book club for 20- and 30- somethings and meets at Bar Louie in the Promenade, 619 E. Boughton on the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Books include fiction, biographies, travel, titles based on current trends and popularity. Contact: Brian

October 19We Have Always Lived in a Castle by Shirley Jackson

November 16Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

December 21The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

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GREAT READS book club is just what it sounds like, a club to read amazing books. The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Books include fiction, mystery, biography, history and everything in-between. Contact: Lynnette

October 23The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

November 20*The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey

*Meets on 3rd Wednesday due to holiday

December 18*Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

*Meets on 3rd Wednesday due to holiday

Call 630-685-4176, check http://www.fountaindale.org, or stop by the 3rd floor desk for more information.

Horror Book Club for November: Paranormal Insanity!

Duke University psychology professors, Laurel MacDonald and Brendan Cody, stumble on suppressed findings about a study of  poltergeist activity conducted under the  Duke’s  parapsychology lab nearly 50 years earlier earlier. All the participants appear to have died, disappeared or, in the case of Laurel’s  uncle, gone mad. Wanting to advance their careers, they get two students with strong paranormal potential to camp out at the spooky Folger House, where the original experiment took place. Of course, things go very wrong.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm, when the Horror Book Club will be discussing “The Unseen” by Alexandra Sokoloff. Copies of the book are available at the third floor reference desk. Registration is not required. Goodies will be provided. Questions? Please call 630-685-4176.

Horror Book Club for October: Oh-oh, This Doesn’t Look Like Twilight!

Far up in the Appalachian Mountains,  Ace Goodall and his female accomplice are fleeing the FBI on a path along the Unegama River. Not far away, a group of white water rafters is looking to take on the rapids of the Unegama as part of a publicity stunt for a camping gear company. But it isn’t long before the FBI and the rapids are the  least of their worries, as they’re attacked by subhuman, leather-winged, bloodthirsty creatures no one can seem kill. Oh, oh!

Please join us on Wednesday October 12 at 7pm, when the the Horror book Club will be discussing “They Hunger” by Scott Nicholson. Copies of the book can be picked up at the 3rd floor information desk. Registration is not required. Goodies will be provided. Questions? Please call 630-685-4176.

Horror Book Club for September : You’re Really Going to Need a Green Thumb for This One!

Jack Durkin is the ninth generation of Durkins who have for nearly 300 years weeded Lorne Field. It’s an important job, though no one else seems to realize it. For, if the field is left untended, a horrific monster called an Aukowie will grow—a monster capable of taking over the entirety of America in just two weeks. Or so it is said ….

Please join us for the September meeting of the horror book club when we will read The Caretaker of Lorne Field. We will be meet on Wednesday September 14th at 7pm. Copies of this book are available at the third floor reference desk. Goodies will be provided!  Questions? Please call 630-685-4176.

-Christine J.

Great Reads Book Club

We are meeting December 16th at 6pm at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook to discuss Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Since this is also our Christmas Party, we will be watching the movie, eating chocolate, and discussing the differences in the book and movie. Even if you have not read the book, come join us anyway! New members are always welcome!