Book Club

After Dinner Mints – The Dish on Just Desserts – July 2017

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Just Desserts Discussion Group talks about
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

This month’s fiction book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. What a book! What a story! It took the author ten years to research and finish this novel.

Our novel tells the story of Marie-Laure of France and Werner of Germany. Both young people are coming of age during World War II.

The chapters of the book alternate between Marie-Laure’s and Werner’s stories.

The author explores their childhoods before the war. Next, he follows them to new homes at the onset of war. We get to witness how each young person joins the war effort in their own way. The two teens meet during the bombing of Saint-Malo. I don’t want to give away too much of the story except to say that it is riveting. The reader really grows to care about the characters and is really invested in their outcomes.

We get to learn about radios and the big part that they played in communication before, during and after the war.

The novel’s heart is all about doing the right thing. Not necessarily the easy thing, but the right thing! We all can do this! We can treat other people well and with respect. The novel is filled with heroes trying to do good while surrounded with so much evil.

Anthony Doerr won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel. Many book club members thought that this was the best book that we read this year.

All the Light We Cannot See

concert review

Concert Review – Andrew Bird at Ravinia

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Last night this writer had the privilege of going to Ravinia for the first time and seeing an evening concert with Mucca Pazza, Esperanza Spalding, and headliner Andrew Bird.

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Mucca Pazza is a local Chicago act that is best described as a rock and roll band in a marching band’s body.  The 30 plus members include traditional marching band instruments such as brass and woodwinds, but there are also strings and accordions.  They are an interactive experience, and get the toes tapping.

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Esperanza Spalding, winner of four Grammy awards including Best New Artist in 2011, is a jazz powerhouse.  A skilled multi-instrumentalist, she generally alternates between double bass and electric bass in her performances.  She debuted a song cycle of intriguing new material in her performance at Ravinia.

Rolling Meadows currently owns two of her albums, click the photos below to find our catalog record for each!

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Andrew Bird is a Chicagoland native and graduate of Northwestern University who has been performing his unique brand of violin-driven folk rock since 2003 as a solo artist.  In the late nineties he was featured on three Squirrel Nut Zippers albums, and performed with the band Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire.  He is an expert whistler, which features in his work, and he wrote and performed “The Whistling Caruso” for the 2011 film The Muppets.

His live show was extremely engaging, with a good mix of older and newer material.  Most of the songs were his original material, with one cover of the Handsome Family‘s “My Sister’s Little Hands”, and an encore with Esperanza Spalding of a Duke Ellington piece.  As a fan of his for a while, this writer appreciated the inclusion of a few of his “classics.”

Rolling Meadows currently owns two of his albums, click the photos below to find our catalog record for each!

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It was a very enjoyable evening on Ravinia’s lawn for all.  Rolling Meadows Library has Ravinia ticket giveaways every year, generally at the beginning of the summer.  The venue hosts concerts like this one of popular music, as well as performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, other classical ensembles, and master classes.  It is an outdoor venue, so come prepared, rain or shine!

Displays, RA Programs

Let’s Plan a “Wise Guys” Weekend!

Discover the many ways you can benefit from the Rolling Meadows Library collection with our Let’s Plan a Weekend displays at the Welcome Desk!

We are having small, themed raffles in conjunction with these displays that patrons can enter to win!   Each display also includes bookmarks to take home on how to create your own unique, themed experiences with library materials, which are also on display.  Raffle winners do need to have a Rolling Meadows library card, but everyone can check out the materials or take home a bookmark!

The display which has just ended was “Let’s Plan a 007 Weekend!”  Patrons entered to win a James Bond themed mega pack of prizes, which included Bond movies, spy gear, and more.  This pack continued in our Summer Reading Program theme of “Get a Clue…at the Library!”
Our winners for this prize pack was Linda L., out of a total out 164 entries!

Our current display is also linked to our annual Summer Reading Program! “Let’s Plan a ‘Wise Guys’ Weekend!” has two different packs of prizes to win, one themed around the HBO show The Sopranos, and one themed more generally around the mystery and fascination surrounding the mob.

Questions?  Call the library @ 847.259.6050 or stop by the Welcome Desk!

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