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Friday, July 21, 2017

20s and 30s book discussion group meets next Thursday

Join fellow 20 & 30-somethings once a month for good food, good fun, and a great discussion on the books you want to read! At the July meeting, we'll discuss The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

As always we'll meet at a local restaurant. Come join us on Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm - ???

For more info (and the name of the local restaurant) contact Matt Wieck, mwieck@roselle.lib.il.us or call 630.529.1641 ext.*211.

Whether or not you can attend our next meeting (especially if you cannot attend), join our Goodreads Group and share your comments in the online discussion.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summer Reading Book Review: Jane Eyre

Book Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Reviewed By: Laura K.

This book is not just for people still in school. The language and thoughts expressed in this book are amazingly clear and concise. Bronte will express thoughts most people have had clearly, but be able to describe them more clearly than most people can in words. The book contains, romance, terror, and independent decision making. If the book seems intimidating, try the book on CDs (granted there are 15 disks, but at one/day during a commute, you could finish this book in just over two weeks).

Why you picked it up: Part of summer reading program and my kids' homeschool reading list.

Why you finished it: Both husband and I enjoyed it and I wanted my kids to hear the descriptive language.

Who you would recommend it to: Those not having to read it in school and/or those in school, but getting a leg up to enjoy the book,rather than just to analyze it.

Find Jane Eyre in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! 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 for all program finishers. 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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

What are you reading?

Did you just read a great book that you can't wait to share?

Write a #Random Review!
We may publish it in the blog; people may respond; it might start a conversation. If you are participating in a Summer Reading program, your review will get you an entry in a special prize drawing. Yay! More prizes!

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.

It's quick! It's easy! It's fun! What are you reading?
(See what other patrons and staff are reading)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Reading Book Review: Red Rising

Book Title: Red Rising (Red Rising #1)

Author: Pierce Brown

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

Darrow is a Red in a society where red is the lowest of the lowColors and the Golds are in charge. He is married to Eo, the love of his life. They live underground by the mines on Mars. At 16, he is the youngest helldiver on Mars. He operates a huge and complex drill, mining Helium-3 that is used to terraform planets to make them habitable for humans. He is happy with his life, his job and his family.

Eo is not happy. She knows there is more to life than the precious little the Reds are allowed to enjoy. One evening she gives Darrow a peek at the world above them… and the Golds hunt her down and hang her.

This is the end of life as Darrow knows it. He is devastated, full of rage and grief, and about to commit suicide when his uncle steals him away to a secret society that is trying to undermine the Golds’ power and “break the chains” that have held the lowColors down for so long. The Sons of Ares transform Darrow, body and mind, into a Gold so he can infiltrate their society and destroy it from the inside.

This is when the story takes off. Has he been trained well enough to “pass?” Is his backstory believable? Who can he trust? Who are the “Sons of Ares?” Can he accomplish their goals and yet stay true to himself? Can one person make a difference? So many questions!

The author tells the story brilliantly leaving you with just enough of a cliff-hanger at the end to make you run out and get Golden Son, the next book in the trilogy – or download it so you can start it immediately.

Why you picked it up: Several of my friends on Goodreads recommended it.

Why you finished it: I couldn't put it down. It is a classic "good vs. evil" story about freedom fighters, love, friendship, trust, hate, revenge, and more - an epic adventure.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure stories and/or SciFi.

Find the Red Rising trilogy in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! 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 for all program finishers. 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 3, 2017

Summer Reading Book Review: An American Sickness

Book Title: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Author: Elizabeth Rosenthal

Reviewed By: Jan D.

This book is an examination of the healthcare industry in the U.S. and was written by a trained physician who subsequently turned her hand to journalism. The book is well-written and understandable.

After a brief introduction, Rosenthal provides 10 “rules” for healthcare in the U.S., which are as follows:

“1. More treatment is always better. Default to the most expensive treatment.
2. A lifetime of treatment is preferable to a cure.
3. Amenities and marketing matter more than good care.
4. As technologies age, prices go up rather than fall.
5. There is no free choice. Patients are stuck. And they’re stuck buying American.
6. More competition vying for business doesn’t mean better prices. It can drive prices up, not down.
7. Economies of scale don’t translate to lower prices. With their market power, big providers can simply demand more.
8. There is no such thing as a fixed price for a procedure or test. And the uninsured pay the highest prices of all.
9. There are no standards for billing. There’s money to be made in billing for anything and everything.
10. Prices will rise to whatever the market will bear.”

She then covers health insurance, pharmaceuticals, doctors, nurses, techs, hospitals, billing and all it's inscrutability to the average individual, instruments and devices, tests that are routine and not so routine, you name it, and what it can cost, and reasons why it costs what it costs - you may not be surprised, by the cost, but you will be outraged by the whys.

The second part of the book continues with why this matters, and things individuals can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from potential financial disaster. Rosenthal even includes appendices of resources for looking at the cost of prescriptions, hospitals etc...

Why you picked it up: I saw someone else reading it and asked if they thought it was interesting. The response I got was: "Every American should read this book...." (The person was correct!)

Why you finished it: I couldn't put it down.

Who you would recommend it to: Everyone. If you do nothing else this year, you should read this book. Your health, both physical and financial, may depend on it. When you're done with the book, write your government representatives.

Find An American Sickness in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! 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 for all program finishers. 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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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Get Patriotic with Freegal (free + legal) Music

Looking for the right ambiance for your 4th 0f July BBQ? Set the mood by downloading or streaming patriotic classics from your Library.
Search for patriotic at Freegal Music. You can create playlists and stream up to 3 hours of music a day!
Or download 5 songs a week and build a collection of patriotic music for anytime you feel like waving your flag and bein' proud to be an American! 


• Thousands of songs and artists to choose from
• Download 5 songs per week (MP3 files)
• Stream up to 3 hours a day (create playlists)
• No returns - you keep the songs!

Available anytime, anywhere! All you need is your Library card and PIN!

For more information, see the Library's website or call 630-529-1641, press 3.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Reading Book Review: A Farewell to Arms

Book Title: A Farewell to Arms

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Reviewed By: Pamela D.

This is a WWI story of an American, Henry, who has joined the Italian army as an ambulance driver and who has fallen passionately in love with Catherine, an English nurse. They encounter many difficulties as a couple in love during war time. The war story centers around the German attack on Caporetto and the of the retreating demoralized Italian soldiers.

Why you picked it up: This was a Hemingway novel I had not read and was interested in why it was banned in Italy and in some cities in the US. The Italians did not like Hemingway's accurate account of the retreat and in the US it was Hemingway's frank sexual portrayal of the love between Henry and Catherine.

Why you finished it: Hemingway's description of the Italian retreat is an excellent and acurate account and I could not stop reading about it and also I wanted to see how the love story during war time turned out.

Who you would recommend it to: People who like to read modern classic books, books that Hemingway wrote and stories about WWI and the effects of war on the soldiers (men and women) that served.

Find A Farewell to Arms in our catalog.

Summer Reading program participants! 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 for all program finishers. 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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