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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Here's an alternative to the Mall -- check out December programs at the Library!

Is online shopping or trudging through brick and mortar establishments sapping your holiday energy?  Break the cycle by attending a library program this December!

Take an armchair tour of The Christmas Markets of Germany when world traveler Ralph Danielsen returns to the Library on
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 pm.

Get informed about your health insurance options at the GetCovered Illinois informational seminar on December 2 at 7:00 pm. A Navigator from the DuPage County Health Department will provide an overview of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

And speaking of money..... join Joseph R. Book, CFS from the Financial Planning Center at Itasca Bank and Trust Co. for
How to Boost Your Income in a Low Interest Rate Environment
on Monday, December 7, 7:00 pm.

Register for library programs on online, , by phone (630) 529-1641, or in person at the Library.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Filing for Social Security soon? Learn about your retirement options

Will you be filing for social security within the next 5 years?  
Learn more about retirement options at the Library on Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 pm.  
Financial advisor, Mike Heatwole, will provide information on how to optimize your social security benefits for retirement.  
Register for this free seminar on the events calendar, , or by phone, 
(630) 529-1641.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Trains, Trains and More Trains!

The trains return on Saturday, November 7 & Sunday, November 8 for Roselle Public Library's Model Railroad Showcase!  Enjoy an entire weekend of model railroading at the Library!

View layouts operated by
Midwest Division of Train Collectors Association 
Northwest Trainmasters 
British Train Societyand The Illinois Railway Museum
Take in the exhibits and collections from Milwaukee Road Historical Association and 
Chicago and North Western Historical Society.

Talk to local hobbyists about building and maintaining layouts.

Learn about train and railroad crossing safety from Metra representatives

Enjoy train crafts for kids, refreshments and door prizes.


Many thanks to Model Railroad Showcase donors:

America's Best Train & Hobby Shop in Itasca

    2Toots Restaurant, Bartlett

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Friday Night Lights Book Discussion November 16

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Men's Book Discussion
Monday, November 16
7:00-8:00 p.m

We picked this title because we've had some success with reading "sports books," and this one has a reputation for being well-written. We didn't realize at the time that the book was celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a new edition and receiving some renewed attention. We're happy to be a part of the celebration!

The Men's Book Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May (excluding December), 7-8 p.m., in the Meeting Room. Sign up at the Reference desk and pick up a copy of the current book. New members are always welcome.

Coverage of the 25th Anniversary of Friday Night Lights by
Sports Illustrated

Friday Night Lights the TV Series on IMDB
Friday Night Lights the Movie on IMDB
Image Credit: "High school football sunset" by Mauricio Pastor - originally posted to Flickr as Colby Ellis. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons -

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Take Advantage of Library Programs this Fall!

Remembering the Vietnam War – 50 Years After Roselle Public Library presents 5 Years in the Jungle – The Big Red 1 in Vietnam with Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First Division Museum at Cantigny on Wednesday, September 23, at 6:30 pm. Mr. Herbert provides an overview of the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division’s role in the Vietnam War as well as insights into the lives of US soldiers serving there. This event is part of the Roselle Public Library's year-long celebration of 75 years of library service to the community.

What’s the secret to getting your family organized? Professional organizer Beth Randall provides loads of tips for families with busy, active school aged kids for The Organized Family on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Getting ready to sign up for Medicare benefits? Come to Medicare 101 on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Insurance expert David Wylly will provide an overview of Medicare and how it works, and the important decisions that need to be made during the annual open enrollment period (October 15 – December 7, 2015).

You can register for any of these programs online at the Library Events Calendar or, by phone at (630) 529-1641, or in person at the Library.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review: Fair and Tender Ladies

Fair and Tender Ladies Book Title: Fair and Tender Ladies

Author: Lee Smith

Review: I picked up this book because NoveList said it was a "read-alike" for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which my sister and I had read aloud to each other during a long road trip from Michigan to New Jersey. We enjoyed it, and as we were planning another long trip - Michigan to Virginia, I was looking for something similar. We ended up NOT reading it on this trip, but I was caught up in it after reading the first few pages, and decided to read it myself. I'm mentioning this because this is not the type of book I would normally pick up. I am more a mystery, thriller, action lover. This was none of those, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

It is the story of Ivy Rowe, told completely through the letters she writes to friends and relatives. It begins when she is a child growing up in the Appalachian Mountain region of Virginia at the turn of the century and ends just before her death around the 1970s. Her letters narrate the story of her life - her loves, family, travels, disappointments, failings and triumphs - and times - how strip mining effected the land and the people, the coming of electricity, telephones and TV, young people leaving for a better life...

In the beginning, Ivy writes with a strong rural, down-home dialect, but through the story she grows into an articulate woman. It is so gradual and well-written, that you don't even notice it - until you do.

This was a beautiful story.

Reviewed by: Lynn D.

Find Fair and Tender Ladies in our catalog.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book Review: Ask Again Later

Ask Again Later Book Title: Ask Again Later

Author: Liz Czukas

Review: Being a teenager in high school is a rough time, especially around prom season. There's the drama of finding a date or who's going to ask who and then which group do we go with? Then there's the struggle of finding the perfect dress, buying tickets, hair and nail appointments and everything else in between. Take all of that drama and add on the bonus of having your name being Heart and you have the story of Heart LaCoeur's prom drama.
Heart LaCoeur is a theatre loving teenage girl who has the rule of no dating since her mom left her and her brother behind when they were babies. Since she doesn't date she isn't planning on a date to prom, she instead is going with the "The No Drama Prom-a" group, a group of her theatre friends. But all that changes when at rehearsal stage crew techie Ryan asks her to prom AND THEN her brother sets her up with his newly dumped and sad friend Troy. Two dates and one prom. Who should she choose? Close friend Schroeder, her nickname for Chase, tells her to flip a coin, whoever wins is the prom date. As she flips the coin the rest of the story follows the head versus tails prom date and how each night would play out differently. The night with Troy and his jock drinking friends or with Ryan and his hidden secret. And for some reason Schroeder and the group keep coming up.
Czukas keeps the plot interesting by having the two different stories going on and flipping each chapter. Yet sometimes the events that happen in one chapter appear in the other but a different way or point of view. This flip flop chapters is also found in her other novel Flipped which is a great young adult read as well. This prom drama novel is a cute and funny story and an easy read for a young adult.

Reviewed by: Melissa S.

Find Ask Again Later in our catalog.

(Note: Adults who participated in Summer Reading and submitted an original review of one of the books they read were entered into a special prize drawing.

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