Displays, reader's advisory

Let’s Plan an Oktoberfest 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 Fall into Autumn Weekend!” It had a pack of books and music to help make the progression of the seasons an experience to be savored.
Our winner for this prize pack was Brienne B., out of a total of 152 entries!  This was an extremely popular theme!

Our current display is “Let’s Plan an Oktoberfest Weekend!” It has a prize pack of  books and other Oktoberfest gear for the celebration of that boisterous fall festival.

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

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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

Let’s Plan a Totally Tiki 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 ‘Wise Guys’ Weekend!”  Patrons entered to win two different packs of prizes, one themed around the HBO show The Sopranos, and one themed more generally around the mystery and fascination surrounding the mob.  This concluded our Summer Reading Program tie-in raffles, which were a great success!
Our winners for these prize packs were Lora S. and Jerelyn K., out of a total out 132 entries!

Our current display is “Let’s Plan a Totally Tiki Weekend!” It has a pack of prizes to win themed around the vintage trend of getting together and celebrating the Pacific Islands through tiki parties and decor.

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

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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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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!

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Displays

January 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 January, there are several different exciting displays to choose from.

“Library Reads,” located on the left book cube, is a “Best of” display for 2016.  These books were picked by librarians as the best loved reads of the year.  If you can’t grab a list from the display, you can visit http://libraryreads.org/favorite-favorites-2016-libraryreads/.

“A Blizzard of Books,” located on the center book cube, is a display of fiction with winter themes.  No matter the genre, if you’re looking for books that match the season, look no further.

“The Best Music of 2016,” located on the CD display cube, is music from this year that has been consistently popular, or that merits a listen.  Come check out some tunes you may have missed!

“Best Books of 2016,” located on our corner display, are selections from the GoodReads Choice Awards for 2016, including winners and nominees.  Every year this list is voted on by readers, for readers.  If you want more information, take home a bookmark or visit https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2016.  Check out the accompanying Billboard slideshow!

The fiction and nonfiction film walls are about a fresh start in the new year.  Fiction focuses on uplifting films that will warm your heart and give you some laughs, and nonfiction focuses on improving your mind, body, and outlook.

Our Teen display this month is “Chill Out with a Good Book,” suggested reads for the winter season.

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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September 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 September, there are several different exciting displays to choose from.

“Honor Those Who Serve: First Responders Appreciation Day,” located on the left book cube, is focuses on first responders in all types of media.  Police, firefighters, search and rescue teams, EMTs and paramedics and more, all are featured.  First Responders Appreciation Day is on September 27th.

“Murder and Mayhem in the Middle Ages,” located on the center book cube, is fiction and DVDs set in medieval times.  Medieval mysteries abound; give one a try!

“We’re #1!,” located on the CD display cube, is chart-topping music and greatest hits.

“Spotlight On: Hispanic Heritage Month,” located on our corner display, are books written by Hispanic authors or focusing on the Hispanic experience throughout history.  Check out the accompanying Billboard slideshow!

The fiction film wall contains “Movies So Bad They’re Good,” movies that were nominated for the prestigious Golden Raspberry awards.  The nonfiction film wall is “Make the Most of Yourself,” which features self-help, exercise, and other life-improving DVDs.

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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Displays

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.

“Mardi Gras,” located on the left book cube, is fiction that is takes place during Mardi Gras itself, or is set in New Orleans.

“After Oprah…Best Book Club Reads,” located on the center book cube, is fiction that is often read in book clubs.  While these selections tend toward literary fiction, they can surprise you!

“I’m in the Mood for Love,” located on the CD cube, is music geared toward love and romance.

“Blind Date with a Book,” located on our corner display, are books that are presented in plain brown wrappers with small “personal ads” with their genre and a short description on them.  Take a chance on a blind date and take one home!

“100 Years, 100 Films,” located on the feature film wall, are movies that have been selected to the American Film Institute’s list of the best 100 movies of the last 100 years.

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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Displays

Summer Reading Displays

For the Summer Reading Program, Reader’s Advisory puts out different displays in our area that tie into the overarching summer theme.  For this summer’s theme, “Read to the Rhythm,” our book, music, and movie displays are all about music!  Anything that is on the cubes can be checked out, just like anything else in the library!

Right now, there are five different displays going.

The first book cube is a split between “Battle Cry of Freedom,” Civil War fiction inspired by the music of that period, specifically the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, and “The Rake’s Song,” Regency romances with rakes and rogues inspired by the album The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists.

The second book cube is a split between “Yesterday,” selections of historical fiction inspired by the classic Beatles tune, and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” western novels whose choice were inspired by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jenning’s cover of a seminal country song by Ed Bruce.

The music display is “Stayin’ Alive”, a rip roaring collection of 70s albums that will keep you dancing disco, inspired, of course, by the Bee Gees.

The movie display is “I Will Survive,” a selection of disaster movies inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s hit song.

The teen display is “To Infinity, and Beyond!” inspired by the movie Toy Story and its soundtrack, featuring science fiction.

Come in and check out these displays for yourself; you can always take something home!

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