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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Displays

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

“Honoring Our Veterans,” located on the left book cube, is fiction and movies about those who serve or have served in the armed forces.

“Love Books? Write One!,” located on the center book cube, is a display focusing on November as National Novel Writing Month.  It is a mix of books that started as NaNoWriMo projects and books about writing and authors.  If you’re interesting in National Novel Writing Month, you can get more information at http://nanowrimo.org/

“Class of…,” located on the CD display cube, is music from different eras.  Currently the classes of 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006 are represented on each side of the cube.

“Reading, the Best Only Game in Town: Book Selections from This Year’s Book Lover’s Day,” located on our corner display, is books from 2016’s Book Lover’s Day, as well as previous years.  Check out the accompanying Billboard slideshow!

The fiction film wall contains “Favorite Movies About Games and Sports,” those films that take place in the world of sporting competitions.  The nonfiction film wall is “How to Excel at Playing Them,” which features documentaries, how-tos, and films about playing different sports and games.

Our Teen display this month is “A Pinch of This, a Dash of That,” a fun combination of genre reads.

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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Book Club

The After Party – Books and Bagels and Morning Book Break – Oct. 2016

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Books and Bagels and Morning Book Break Book Discussions on The Book of Unknown Americans

Rating: In Books and Bagels, most members rated the book between a 3.0 and 4.0, with the median score of 3.5.

In Morning Book Break, this book received ratings from 2.0 to 5.0, with the median score of 3.75.

Review: The discussion in Books and Bagels was multi-faceted. Several members really enjoyed the novel and plan to read additional material by Cristina Henriquez. Some members felt the novel was lacking in many aspects.

In Morning Book Break, members mostly appreciated the content (pertaining to the immigrant experience), but thought the prose was lacking.

Both groups thought Suburban Mosaic accomplished its mission by selecting this novel as the adult title for the 2015-2016 Book of the Year.  The Suburban Mosaic’s mission is to foster cultural understanding through literature.

Discussion Highlights – Morning Book Break:

  • Several members thought the novel would be a wonderful addition to high school or possibly middle school curriculum.
  • The club discussed US immigration and assimilation throughout their lifetimes.
  • Many members disliked the disjointed structure and felt these stories and characters to be underdeveloped.

Discussion Highlights – Books and Bagels

  • Many members were disappointed with the structure of the novel. They found the prose to be better suited to a young adult reader.
  • All members found it an extremely easy, fast read.
  • Some members felt they learned a lot about the current immigration experience, while other members thought the book did not add any new information to their repertoire of knowledge about immigration.

Resources: http://www.cristinahenriquez.com/

http://www.suburbanmosaicbooks.org/suburban-mosaic-book-of-the-year-past-selections#2015

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Teen Scene

September Teen Reads

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Here at the Rolling Meadows Library Teen Scene, we mark our books with genre stickers made for us by our Special Services Department! This month I thought I would kick off with five great Historical Fiction books:
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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell : This story reminds you of what it’s like to be young and in love. Bring on the 1980’s!
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This international best seller is set during 1939 in Nazi Germany with a whole country holding its breath to see what is going to happen.
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The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf: The setting is Sunday, April 14, 1912 aboard the Titanic. Two dozen different voices tell us what it was like to be on board.
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Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman: This book is the first in the Blood of Gods and Royals series. This one is about Alexander the Great.
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: As a family is pulled from their home in Lithuania, Lina buries her story in a jar, in the hope that it will be discovered and read!