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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Adult Book Discussion Group meets next Tuesday

The Adult Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. Join us to discuss Giant by Edna Ferber. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Reference Desk.

For information about the Adult Book Discussion Group, contact Marcia Bose at the Library’s Reference Desk, (630) 529-1641, press 3. Visit the Library's website to see upcoming selections for the Adult Book Discussion Group.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Mens Book Discussion Group meets next Monday

The Mens Book Discussion Group meets Monday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. This month, the book selection is A Good Month for Murder by Del Quentin Wilbur. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Reference Desk.

For information about the Men's Book Discussion Group, contact Brett Peto at the library’s Reference Desk, (630) 529-1641, press 3.

Visit the Men's Book Discussion Group on Goodreads for a preview of the discussion questions, information about the author, and much more.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January at the Roselle Public Library District

With the turn of the new year comes a start almost as pure as snow. Now is the time when change is made: new commitments, new promises, new lessons, new resolutions.

Our programs this month run from the familiar to the fresh, but always local and personal. Have tea with the Rose Queen. Get healthier naturally. And learn about the life of America's first Treasury secretary: Alexander Hamilton. Welcome to January at the Roselle Public Library District.

We start with an afternoon of creating your own tiara, playing games, dining on delicious desserts, and meeting local royalty at Rose Queen Tea, January 14, 2-3:30P. Get to know the Rose Queen as you share a cup of tea! For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *351.

Then learn how to be an awesome babysitter in one weekend with Babysitter Training Workshop, January 21 (12-4:30P) and January 22 (1-4:30P). During this two-day course, learn the rules, lessons, and techniques you need to become a responsible babysitter. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice on each session. For ages 10 through 16. $5 due at registration. Registration is available in-person only at the Circulation Desk and class size is limited.

Don't miss your shot on January 22, 1:30-3P to learn about the man everyone's singing about: the United States' first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. After being out of the limelight for more than 200 years, he's taken center stage again with the help of creative genius Lin-Manuel Miranda.

But who was the man behind our modern attention? Historian Jim Gibbons examines the roller coaster life of one of America’s forgotten founding fathers and explores Hamilton’s legacy in the 21st century.

Registration for Life of Alexander Hamilton is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.

With sweet treats and not many chances to move your feet, we know it can be hard to stay healthy in the winter. During Get Healthier in a Simple Natural Way at 7P, January 23, experience how some basic principles of energy can dramatically improve the way we feel and put us back in control of our lives. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.

A few days later, color away those winter blues with Coloring at the Library!, January 26, 1:30-3P. We'll provide light refreshments, coloring pages, and pencils, but feel free to bring your own supplies, too. Registration is required through our online calendar or by phone at 630.529.1641, ext. *222.

Then close out the month with pianist and singer Mike Archer during Musical Sunday, January 29, 1:30-3P. He'll perform well-known theme songs from popular movies and shows, from Oscar-winning masterpieces to jingles. You can also enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the atrium. No registration required.

So welcome to January, and welcome to 2017. It's time for a new beginning.

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Resolve to be your best in 2017!

Time for resolutions and positive thinking!
Looking for some inspirational reads to get you started in the right direction?
Roselle staff has picked some of their favorite self-help books for you to enjoy.
In the Library, stop by and select from our Resolutions display.

In the Library catalog, click on the
'Resolve to be Your Best!"
tab to see staff-selected inspirational reads!

Are you more of an "instant gratification" kind of person?

Inspirational eBooks and eAudiobooks are available for download in our digital collections.
See Staff Picks in eRead Illinois and "Resolve to be Your Best!" in eMediaLibrary.

Happy reading! (and listening!)

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Mike's Picks #9

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love 
Admission time; I've never been much of a believer in Childish Gambino.  Nothing against the man behind the project, I've never had a problem with Donald Glover as an actor, comedian, or any of the other forms of entertainment that he has dabbled in, but musically I was always left wanting.  He's obviously talented, his freestyles are really tight, but his studio tracks were never memorable to me.  Poppy, but lacking hooks, and fairly whiny.  I figured a few here and there tweaks to his style were all that he needed to push his brand of off-beat hip-hop to be something approaching special.  Instead, we get Awaken, My Love, one of the most surprising big albums of the year.  Not content with light tweaking, the album sounds nothing like his previous output.  There were subtle flashes of R&B and soul on previous releases, but here those influences are front and center.  If you played this record for die hard Childish Gambino fans who didn't know it was his new album, they probably would have no idea who they were listening to.  This is the Childish Gambino album for non-Childish Gambino myself.

To eliminate the elephant in the room, this album takes a lot of influence from Funkadelic's 1971 funk classic Maggot Brain.  The covers of each record are similar.  The break down in the first track (and later the reprise of said track) share sonic similarities to "Maggot Brain", the second song on Awaken... sounds like the second song on Maggot Brain, and the same could be said of the third tracks on both.  It could be said that Donald Glover is playing a role here; an actor playing out his Funkadelic cosplay fantasy.  It could also be said that none of that really matters when the songs are as catchy and funky as they are here.  Glover shows that he can play the role of 70s funk soul master better than he plays the role of MC.

As the album progresses, the Funkadelic worship begins to fade, giving way to a tighter, more concise style of R&B.  This starts with the single "Redbone", easily the best song on the album and one of the better songs released by anyone all year.  It has all the sexual tension and fire of a prime Prince ballad, from the falsetto to the slap bass and space synths.  This was the song where I realized how much of an artistic step up this was from Childish Gambino's previous material.  It's the type of instantly catchy, sultry and soulful music that will keep him relevant as long as he can keep it up.  This continues on songs like "Baby Boy" and "Stand Tall", which tackle the central theme of the record, fatherhood.

The lesson to be learned here is to never dismiss an artist based on their past work.  I would never have predicted that Childish Gambino would put out an album so mature and focused.  And to think, all he had to do was completely uproot his whole style.  Here's hoping he releases more music like this in the future.

Key Lyric:
Too late
You wanna make it right, but now it's too late
My peanut butter chocolate cake with Kool-Aid
I'm trying not to waste my time

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Best Books of 2016?

Google the phrase "best books of 2016" and you'll find lots of links. NPR, Washington Post, Library Journal, Goodreads... everyone is putting out lists of their favorite titles from the past year.

Let's see what Roselle Library patrons think! These are the most-checked-out titles at your Library during the past year.

What was the best book you read in 2016?

Sting #1 - tie
Curious Minds #1 - tie

Insidious #2
Two by Two #3
Rushing Waters #4

Rogue Lawyer #5
Escape Clause #6
Damaged #7

Home #8
The Whistler #9
Girl on the Train #10

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Men's Book Discussion Meets January 16

In suburban Washington, D.C., February 2013 was a good month for murder. Twelve homicides. Three police-involved shootings. And the furious hunt for "an especially brutal killer."

In A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad, bestselling author and Los Angeles Times reporter Del Quentin Wilber writes from inside the homicide unit of Prince George's County, Maryland, following 25 detectives and five sergeants through 28 days and nights of investigation into a record-setting murder spree.

Copies of A Good Month for Murder are now available to borrow from the Reference Desk. The Men's Book Discussion Group meets Monday, January 16, at 7P in the conference room. No registration is required; everyone ages 18 and up is welcome.

To learn more, contact Brett Peto, Public Services Assistant, at 630.529.1641 (ext. 223) or

Then visit the Men's Book Discussion Group on Goodreads for a preview of the discussion questions, information about the author, and much more.

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