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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Reading Book Review: Don't You Cry

Book Title: Don't You Cry

Author: Mary Kubica

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

This book has two people telling the story. Quinn's roommate disappears from their apartment. After snooping through her things, she doesn't know if the roommate is in danger or if the roommate is the dangerous one. Alex is a high schooler who meets a new woman in his Michigan town. The voice he writes in seems too descriptive for a high schooler. It is very mysterious with a lot of plot twists.

Why I Picked it Up: I read this author previously and liked her style.

Why I Finished It: To find out the mystery behind the disappearance of the roommate. Also, to find the meaning of the title. (Which I never figured out.)

I’d Give this Book To: Teen and above.

Find Don't You Cry in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! There's still time to submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thank you to Sister Cities of Roselle, IL and Bochnia, Poland

The Library would like to thank the Sister Cities of Roselle, IL and Bochnia, Poland for their recent donation of Polish-language items in memory of Krystyna Wojcik, a longtime resident of Roselle.
We are grateful for their donation.
Donated titles include:
  • W krainie peri : ludowe bajki turkmeńskie by Anonymous
  • Królewna Śnieżka by Maria Krüger
  • Tomek na wojennej ścieżce by Alfred Szklarski
  • Tomek w Gran Chaco by Alfred Szklarski
  • Pani wyrocznia by Margaret Atwood
  • Tylko dla orłów by Alistair MacLean
  • Bezcenny by Zygmunt Miłoszewski
  • Święte grzechy by Nora Roberts
  • Dopuszczalne straty by Irwin Shaw
  • Pan Tadeusz (DVD)
Check the Library catalog to see if these items are on the shelf for checkout.
See the entire Polish Language collection.

Individuals, groups, and organizations may donate items at the Library during regular business hours. See our donation guidelines here.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer's not over yet!


Summer is the season you start looking forward to before it's even over, and when July arrives, we realize it doesn't last forever.

But from ice cream to Harry Potter, filmmaking, juggling, and more, you can make the most of summer's second half with events from the Roselle Public Library District!

Starting Tuesday, July 12, 2-4P, tomorrow's movie directors can practice their talents with Filmmaking Workshop, a three-part series focusing on planning the story, shooting the video, and editing the final masterpiece. You can register for one, two, or all three sessions by visiting our online calendar, calling 630.529.1641 ext. *222, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to register for all three sessions (Tuesdays, July 12, 19, and 26, 2-4P).

Wednesdays aren't left out, either. Join Teen Animanga on Wednesday, July 13, 4:30-6P to watch new anime, read new manga, and discuss. Refreshments served. No registration required; drop-ins welcome.

Filmmaking and storytelling aren't the only creative skills on display this month; so is juggling! Juggler, stilt-walker, and balloon artist Jason Kollum will be here to perform "See the Show! Be a Pro!" on Thursday, July 14, 1-2P. Spinning balls, giant beanbag chairs, and more will be flying through the air, and Jason will teach you how to be a rock star juggler!

Registration is required for this program. Space is limited. Visit our online calendar, call 630.529.1641 ext. *351, or stop by the Ask Me Desk in Youth Services.

Saturday, July 16, 12-2P brings a family favorite back to the library: Ice Cream Social!

Enjoy an afternoon of face painting, prizes, and a free ice cream sundae! Play life-sized Candyland and participate in other kid-friendly activities. Get in and get social! All ages welcome. No registration required.

So Ice Cream Social is about traveling around the library. But the evening of Tuesday, July 26, 7-8P is about traveling around the country!

World traveler Ralph Danielsen is back to present Magnificent Alaska Travelog, a photographic experience chronicling his drive across every paved highway in the 49th state. You'll see majestic mountains, glaciers, wildlife, and coastal fishing towns, plus explore the Arctic Circle, see the effects of the midnight sun, witness native culture, and learn about the Alaskan oil pipeline.

Let's back up a little and talk about grandparents: Grandparents Got Game!, that is! Everyone can spend their summer afternoons at this fun family program, held each Wednesday through August 10 in the Meeting Rooms, 1:30-3P.

Each session has a different theme, like Science Day on Wednesday, July 13, "Rockin" Games on Wednesday, July 20, and Duct, Duct, Goose! on Wednesday, July 27. No registration required.

On Sunday, July 24, 2-4P, the Board of Trustees of the Roselle Public Library District invites the public to join them in welcoming Samantha Millsap to the position of Executive Director with an Open House Reception in the library atrium. Hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment will be provided.

You may have heard J.K. Rowling is coming out with an eighth book in the Harry Potter universe: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Set 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Cursed Child finds Harry as "an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children." It also follows one of Harry's sons, Albus, who "must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted."

This book is actually a script book for a play of the same name, debuting onstage in London's West End on July 30. To celebrate, we're hosting a Harry Potter Party on Monday, July 25, 2:30-3:30P, where you'll get sorted into a house, make a magical craft, and play games!

Registration for Harry Potter Party opens tomorrow, July 11. Visit our online calendar, call 630.529.1641 ext. *222, or stop by the Circulation Desk. Recommended for grades 6 through 12.

Summer may be going fast, but it's not over yet! Seize the summer with the Roselle Public Library District!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Summer Reading Book Review: Pogue's Basics: Life

Book Title: Pogue's Basics: Life

Author: David Pogue

Reviewed By: Laura K.

If you like the 'Life Hacks' website, this book is for you. These aren't 'Hints for Heloise'. I figure that anyone can learn some new trick by reading this book. For example, do you know how to figure out where the gas tank is on a car without leaving the driver's seat? How about how to set a timer via Google?

Why I Picked it Up: I could use a few tips for understanding technology without having to read the user's manuals.

Why I Finished It: This is a far more engaging book than a technological tool user manual. Also, it told me how to keep cucumbers from getting squishy in the refrigerator.

I’d Give this Book To: I'd guess there's something for everybody in this book. It could be a source of social gathering conversation to see who knows the answer to the diverse list of 'how to solve it' issues covered in the book.

Find Pogue's Basics: Life in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! There's still time to submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer Reading Book Review: No Easy Day

Book Title: No Easy Day

Author: Mark Owen

Reviewed By: Laura K.

Though I have little in common with the Navy Seals, I was challenged by the character described by this extraordinary group in the military. Talk about overcoming obstacles! Also, any techie would love the description of the technology Navy Seals use on their missions. If you are having a challenging day, there's nothing like reading about guys running with 60lb bulletproof vests toward a helicopter with limited fuel to encourage you to press on!

Why I Picked it Up: The title.

Why I Finished It: I was stunned by what these guys did in an average mission. Was often a cliffhanger.

I’d Give this Book To: Anybody and everybody (unless you are greatly offended by a few swear words...given what these military personnel are doing, we should give them some grace in this area).

Find No Easy Day in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! There's still time to submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer Reading Book Review: Run Right Now

Book Title: Run Right Now

Author: Joe Henderson

Reviewed By: Laura K.

If you are a runner at any stage, you will likely enjoy this book.Henderson has run over fifty years and has much to say to other runners. Henderson remains humble. His advice and encouragement could bolster any level runner. This book is quite readable and any runner will be encouraged by reading it.

Why I Picked it Up: To encourage me to keep running and learn to run faster and to maintain my motivation to run.

Why I Finished It: Henderson speaks in a down-to-earth way which did not discourage me from reading the book, despite my running speed being considerable slower than he's likely ever ran.

I’d Give this Book To: Any runner or would-be runner.

Find Run Right Now in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! There's still time to submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Titus Andronicus

Book Title: Titus Andronicus

Author: Shakespeare

Reviewed By: Laura K.

Rafe Esquith, an acclaimed inner-city teacher mentioned that he had his students perform this play. He noted that it was a challenging book. The fact that inner city jr. high kids had read this book encouraged me that it was readable. Because there was no side-by-side version on the shelf, after reading some of the book, I consulted online Sparknotes. This gave clarity on the thrust of the book.

Why I Picked it Up: Rafe Esquith's recommendation in 'Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire' or one of his other books. I've read several of his books.

Why I Finished It: Partly for the reading program, partly for cultural literacy, expanding my knowledge of Shakespeare's works.

I’d Give this Book To: Definitely not for the squeamish. As Sparknotes mentions, there's some violence such as a murder, rape, removal of some body part, or other vengeful violence on nearly every page. Read this if you like violent thrillers. No major surprises, but a quirky, short Shakespeare book.

Find Titus Andronicus in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! There's still time to submit a review of one of the books you read this summer. Your review will get you an entry into a special prize drawing in addition to the drawings that all program finishers are entered in. More prizes! Yay! 
All you have to do is fill out our online form or email a short review (at least 5 thoughtful sentences - without giving away the ending!) to news@roselle.lib.il.us.

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