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!

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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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RA Programs, reader's advisory, Slideshows

Book Lover’s Day 2017 Wrap Up

September 21st was Book Lover’s Day 2017!  This is our annual program to share books that we as a department have loved over the past year, give away raffles of popular books, and have a pleasant luncheon while enjoying fiction.

We had a full house this year; every seat was filled!

If you were unable to join us, or want a refresher on what books were spoken about, below you will find the slide show from Book Lover’s Day 2017 as well as an alphabetical book list by author of the titles presented.  Click on any of the titles in the book list to see them in our catalog.

Please feel free to ask questions or reserve a book via the comments!

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Speculative Fiction)

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Nostalgic Adventure)

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (Romance Fiction)

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper (Mystery)

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (Psychological Suspense)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Mythological Non-Fiction)

The Dry by Jane Harper (Mystery)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Literary Fiction)

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (Domestic Fiction)

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (Suspense/ Thriller)

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (Historical Fiction)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Historical Fiction

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (Suspense/Thriller)

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran (Domestic Fiction)

The Reporter Who Knew Too Much by Mark Shaw (Biography/True Crime)

Displays, reader's advisory

Let’s Plan a Fall into Autumn 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 to Rock Out this Weekend!”   It had a pack of books, movies, music, and even a pair of headphones to win!
Our winner for this prize pack was Betty A., out of a total out 67 entries!

Our current display is “Let’s Plan a Fall into Autumn Weekend!” It has a pack of books and music to help make the progression of the seasons an experience to be savored.

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

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Audiobooks

Take Home an Audiobook today!

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Grab any of the following audiobooks for a great listening experience today!
Click on any of the covers to find the title in our catalog.

 

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Written by: Daniel Silva
Narrated by: George Guidall

House of Spies, the latest in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, is an electrifying thriller that will have readers listening on the edge of their seats.  Audie Award winning narrator George Guidall returns for another outing with the French intelligence officer and his compatriots.

 

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Written by: Kate Quinn
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld

Taking an already excellent story and elevating it with her mastery of accents and narration, Saskia Maarleveld shines with her reading of Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network.  Outstanding historical fiction told from alternating points of view during and after both world wars; a good listen-a-like for those who enjoyed the strong female characters of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

 

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Written by: Jeff Shaara
Narrated by: Paul Michael

Arguably one of the masters of military historical fiction, Jeff Shaara turns his eye to the Korean War in this riveting tale, which tells the dramatic story of one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.  Narrator Paul Michael makes listening to this book like eavesdropping on the combatants themselves as they experience a battle that tests the limits of human endurance.

 

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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Book Club

The After Party – Morning Book Break – June 2017

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Morning Book Break Book Discussion on
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

Rating: The novel received ratings between 1.0 and 5.0. The average of the ratings was 3.89. Three members gave the book a 5+.  The novel was well received and it was a perfectly positive fit for our last discussion of the season.

Review:
Most members found the depth of historical information presented to be remarkable. Several members commented on the difficulty of keeping the characters straight. Several members loved the book and found the novel to be cleverly constructed and they praised the author for her ability to weave a mystery out of historical facts. The overwhelming presentation of red herrings led to the plausibility of the mystery. Some members were initially excited to read about the Hindenburg, only later to be disappointed as they were unable to connect with the numerous characters. Several members found the writing to choppy and uneven, while others found Lawhon’s writing to beautifully descriptive. One member thought the novel was melodramatic and rang of Titanic themes.  Finally, all members felt better informed about the Hindenburg and its destruction.  Members raved about the discussion and enjoyed the diverse opinions.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Conversation about the structure of the novel and the ability of the author to create suspense even though the outcome is known.
  • Members appreciate the character headings at the beginning of each segment as it was difficult to track all of the characters.
  • Members marveled at the historical accurate details about the Hindenburg and members were impressed as to how the author incorporated this minutia of detail into the novel.
  • Members enjoyed hearing about the state rooms, bathrooms, service rooms, smoking room, observation desk, and the meals and cocktails served.  One member remarked about how she was hungry after reading about the delicious fine meals. The Hindenburg was truly a luxury liner! Members spoke about Emilie’s role as the only female crewmember onboard the ship and her responsibilities to the passengers.
  • The group discussed the differences between air travel at the time and air travel today.  Obviously, there is a great contrast and members shared amusing stories about their air travels.
  • The group talked about which characters they found most sympathetic.  Overall, the group had great sympathy for Werner, the fourteen year old cabin boy. Additionally, they were sympathetic to Emilie’s plight. No one in the group had any sympathy for “The American.”  The facilitator gave four reasons to sympathize with “The American,” and still no one felt his actions to be justified.
  • The facilitator briefly explained the current theories regarding the explosion of the Hindenburg and all the members thought Ariel Lawhon did a marvelous job of addressing and including each theory as a possibility.
  • The facilitator asked if anyone would like to travel on a modern airship, the group resoundingly stated, “NO!”

Resources:

For other books and audiobooks by Ariel Lawhon , please click here.

http://facesofthehindenburg.blogspot.com/

http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/

Read-a-Likes:

Flight of Dreams

 

Morning Book Break 2016-2017 Season Wrap-Up:

Members praised the facilitator for providing a fine selection of diverse books this season.  Members thoroughly enjoy attending discussion days.  The least favorite reads of the season were: In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences, Modern Romance, and My Name is Lucy Barton. The overwhelming favorites for this season were: The Nightingale, The Marriage of Opposites, and Flight of Dreams.  Voted most important read of the season was Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.

Members are sorry to see the season come to a close and they can’t wait until September for the first discussion of the 2017-2018 Season.  If you’re interesting in attending, stop by the Readers’ Advisory Desk for the 2017-2018 Flyer, which will be available in mid-July, and sign-up with a Readers’ Advisor. If you’re already signed up, keep an eye out on the blog page for September’s title!

Book Club

The After Party – Morning Book Break – April 2017

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Morning Book Break Discussion on The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Rating: The Marriage of Opposites received ratings between 4.0 and 5.0, with an overall average rating of 4.56.  

Review: The Marriage of Opposites received high marks from all book club members.  Members enjoy generational historical fiction with strong women characters and this novel delivered in these aspects.  We enjoyed a fascinating discussion about the life and times of the father of Impressionism, Camille Pissarro.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Several members appreciated the structure of the novel including the way the chapters were entitled.  This was useful in tracking both the timeline and the vast amount of characters.
  • (Spoiler alert!) Several members were haunted by Lydia’s abduction.  Members were horrified to learn it would be twenty years before she saw her mother again.
  • All members were transfixed by Alice Hoffman’s descriptive language which transported them to the sights, smells, and sounds of St. Thomas and Paris circa the 1800’s. Members loved the vibrant, accurate descriptions of St. Thomas and Paris.  Members who have traveled to these locations felt the author captured them exquisitely.  One member said she literally could feel the humidity of the island.  Members thought the writing in The Marriage of Opposites was the work of a gifted, talent artist—one who could write skillfully about another artist.  Hoffman definitely understands the emotions conveyed on a canvas.  
  • Several members stated that the novel was a quick read and they were unable to put it down. Many chores and necessary tasks at home were left undone!
  • Members enjoyed the compelling characters with such interesting lives.
  • Sadly, members wished we had more time to discuss some of the motifs and magical realism presented in the novel, especially the turtle-girl/woman.

Resources:

The members viewed several of Pissarro’s paintings and then they were asked the following question:

Did any of Pissarro’s paintings that remind you of scenes in the novel?
How does
The Marriage of Opposites convey Pissarro’s style?

You can view some of Pissarro’s paintings by clicking here.

Read-a-Likes:

The Marriage of Opposites