Book Club, reader's advisory

The After Party – Books and Bagels – February 2018

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Books and Bagels Book Discussion on
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo and Nobody’s Fool (DVD)

Ratings:
The book received ratings between a 3.5 and 5.0. One member gave the book a 2.00, but after the discussion was able to elevate her score to a 2.5. The average of the ratings was 4.23.

Review:
Members were asked to read Everybody’s Fool and watch the DVD Nobody’s Fool and then compare and contrast these two formats.  Members were asked whether Russo revisited any themes or characters. What recurring characters have changed or remained the same?  What do you think that the books offer collectively?

The members overall really enjoyed the movie, Nobody’s Fool.  Several members gathered together to view the film—and they enjoyed this group experience.  The members loved watching Paul Newman (Sully), Jessica Tandy (Miss Beryl), and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Douglas Raymer) portrays Russo’s characters.  The members miss these actors, just as Richard Russo misses them.  Sully is partly based on Richard Russo’s father, but Russo believes Sully also, belongs to Paul Newman—he is the embodiment of Sully.  Russo is hopeful that Everybody’s Fool will be optioned for a movie, but finds it hard to picture anyone else as Sully, Miss Beryl, or Douglas Raymer. Members enjoyed this format—watching a movie and then reading the sequel.  Members felt more connected to the characters and followed the novel more readily by using this method.

Members loved the humor contained within the novel.  During the book discussion, members laughed heartily as they recalled funny portions of the novel.  Members found the writing style to be remarkable and the descriptions very perceptive about the human race.  Although, the novel deals with very serious issues, members found the novel to be surprisingly uplifting.  Members appreciated Russo’s ability to develop rich depictions of primary and secondary characters.

Next month, members will read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J.D. Vance and they will be asked to compare and contrast the fictional portrayal of small town America (Everybody’s Fool) with the nonfiction portrayal (Hillbilly Elegy).

Discussion Highlights:

  • Discussion about the title of the book and who the title might be referencing.
  • Everybody’s Fool opens with a description of the local cemetery with several more visits throughout the novel.  The group discussed the symbolism implied in the setting.  Additional discussion about the North Bath and comparisons to the neighboring town of Schuyler Springs which led to an evaluation of fortune and luck experienced by different towns.
  • Discussion about the various relationships presented in the novel.
  • Discussed themes of aging, mortality, racism, prejudice and the treatment of women.
  • The members discussed which characters they felt the most sympathy for and whether any characters significantly changed over the course of the novel. We discussed how and why the characters are vulnerable to the judgements of others
  • Members discussed the theme of legacy and the influence of deceased characters throughout the story.  Additionally, we discussed the role of secrets, complicity, and forgiveness in the novel.
  • Of course, we discussed Russo’s use of comedy in the novel.

Resources:

For other books and audiobooks by Richard Russo, please click here.

 Richard Russo and Lori Ostlund in conversation at the Bay Area Book Festival.

Richard Russo discusses his recently-released novel with PBS correspondent Jeffrey Brown at Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago.

Richard Russo introduces Everybody’s Fool at University Book Store – Seattle

Amor Towles interviews Russo for Martha’s Vineyard Authors Series

Read-a-Likes:

Everybodys Fool

Richard Russo is known for his ability to intricately draw secondary characters.  In a recent interview, he commented that one of his core beliefs is that there are no small lives.  What a tribute to the richness of all human life! This core belief definitely comes through in his writing.

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Displays, reader's advisory

Let’s Plan a Monster Mash 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 an Oktoberfest Weekend!” It had a prize pack of books and other Oktoberfest gear for the celebration of that boisterous fall festival.
Our winner for this prize pack was Mark B., out of a total of 86 entries!

Our current display is “Let’s Plan a Monster Mash weekend!” It has a prize pack of horror films and novels in a big bowl for Halloween candy, with some spooky surprises!

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

10-10 Monster Mash

Displays

Let’s Plan to Rock Out this 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 Totally Tiki Weekend!” It had a pack of prizes to win themed around the vintage trend of getting together and celebrating the Pacific Islands through tiki parties and decor.
Our winner for this prize pack was Angie B., out of a total out 57 entries!

Our current display is “Let’s Plan to Rock Out this Weekend!” It has a pack of books, movies, music, and even a pair of headphones to win to help you rock out to your favorite kinds of music!

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

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Displays, RA Programs

Let’s Plan a 007 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 Murder Mystery Weekend!”  Patrons entered to win one of two different mystery-related prize packs.  All the materials in the packs were related to our Summer Reading Program theme of “Get a Clue…at the Library!” with books, music and movies.
Our winners for these prize packs were Russell J. and Erin B., out of a total out 142 entries!

Our current display is also linked to our annual Summer Reading Program! “Let’s Plan a 007 Weekend!” has a James Bond themed mega pack of prizes, including Bond movies, spy gear, and more!

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

6-26 James Bond

Displays, RA Programs

Let’s Plan a Murder Mystery 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 Beach Party Weekend!”  Patrons entered to win a prize pack of books, movies, music, and other materials for beginning of summer festivities! Our winner for this prize pack was Glenda D., out of a total of 77 entries.

Our current display is linked to the beginning of our annual Summer Reading Program! “Let’s Plan a Murder Mystery Weekend!” has two different mystery-related prize packs that can be won.  All the materials in the packs are related to our Summer Reading Program theme of “Get a Clue…at the Library!”

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

6-12 Murder Mystery

Displays

Let’s Plan a Beach Party 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 Chillin’ & Grillin’ Weekend!”  Patrons entered to win a prize pack of books, movies, music, and other materials related to relaxing outside and cooking on the grill, just in time for Memorial Day! Our winner for this prize pack was Tina K., out of a total of 64 entries.

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

5-30 Beach Party

Displays

Let’s Plan a Chillin’ & Grillin’ 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 “Honey Do” Weekend!”  Patrons entered to win a prize pack of books and materials related to home improvement, all wrapped up in a functional toolbox!. Our winner for this prize pack was Rick S., out of a total of 73 entries.

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

5-08 Chillin and Grillin

Displays, Slideshows

March Displays

Every month, Reader’s Advisory puts out different displays in the area surrounding our desk.  For us, it’s a fun way to tie in the materials we love to the specific month or season!  Anything that is on the cubes can be checked out, just like anything else in the library!

For the month of March, there are several different exciting displays to choose from.

“New Destinations,” located on the left book cube, is a display of fiction that will transport you to far off places and exotic locales.

“Dog Tales and Animal Adventures,” located on the center book cube, is a display of animal-oriented fiction.  No matter what types of animals interest you, there is something here for everyone.

“Celebrate Female Artists: Women’s History Month,” located on the CD display cube, is music by female artists of all genres.  Honor these women and their contributions to music by checking some albums out!

“Spotlight On…Dystopian Fiction,” located on our corner display, is a wide selection of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction.  For the curious, dystopian literature generally takes a current social problem and extrapolates upon it.  Police states, mass surveillance, oppression, mass poverty, and the like can all be hallmarks of dystopian fiction.

The fiction and nonfiction film walls have similar themes this month, focusing on women and women’s issues in honor of Women’s History Month.  The fiction film wall is “Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History,” focusing on feature films about women throughout history that have made their mark on society.  The nonfiction film wall is “We Are All Wonderwomen!” documentaries about issues facing women today and biographies of historical women.

Our Teen displays are always changing; check out our Instagram feed on the home page for the latest display!

Check out the slideshow below for photos of each of these displays.
We encourage you to come in and check out these displays for yourself; you can always take something home!

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Movies

The Oscars!

Last night the 89th annual Academy Awards took place.  It was an exciting ceremony with many deserving winners.

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The winners currently in our collection include:
Arrival (Best Sound Editing)
Hacksaw Ridge (Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing)
The Jungle Book
(Best Visual Effects)
Manchester by the Sea
(Best Actor – Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay)
Moonlight
(Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Best Adapted Screenplay)
Suicide Squad (Best Makeup and Hairstyling)
Zootopia (Best Animated Feature)

Other winners include:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Best Costume Design, scheduled to release on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 28th)
Fences (Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, scheduled to release on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 17th)
La La Land
(Best Actress – Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design)
O.J.: Made in America (Best Documentary Feature)
The Salesman (Best Foreign Language Film)
The White Helmets
(Best Documentary Short)

Displays, Slideshows

February Displays

Every month, Reader’s Advisory puts out different displays in the area surrounding our desk.  For us, it’s a fun way to tie in the materials we love to the specific month or season!  Anything that is on the cubes can be checked out, just like anything else in the library!

For the month of February, there are several different exciting displays to choose from.

“You Had Me At…” located on the left book cube, is a display of fiction with intriguing first lines.  Much like our “Blind Date with a Book” of the past, this display showcases the book’s first line instead of the cover of the book to entice readers.  Check out the accompanying Billboard slideshow!

“Escape to the Sun!” located on the center book cube, is a display of fiction, music, and DVDs with summer themes.  No matter the genre, if you’re looking for books that will transport you from the chill and gloom, look no further.

“A Change is Gonna Come: Honoring Black History Month,” located on the CD display cube, is music from African-American artists throughout the ages.  From Scott Joplin and ragtime to Jay-Z and rap, come sample the various eras of African-American music.

“Don’t Judge a Romance by its Cover,” located on our corner display, is a wide selection of romantic fiction.

The fiction film wall has Oscar winning films of the past, to get you in the mood for the ceremony on Feb. 26th.  The nonfiction film wall, “That’s Amore,” features documentaries on romantic locations and more for Valentine’s Day.

Our Teen display this month is “Heart vs. Break,” romances and relationship fiction geared toward a teen audience.

Check out the slideshow below for photos of each of these displays.
We encourage you to come in and check out these displays for yourself; you can always take something home!

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