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Friday, December 19, 2014

Furniture Giveaway

The Roselle Public Library’s “Furniture Giveaway” begins on January 5, 2015. We are replacing chairs and tables in the Adult Services area of the library, and offering the outgoing furniture to the public on a “first come, first served” basis until everything is gone.

The giveaway furniture will be clearly tagged and on display on the main floor of the Library, and will include upholstered lounge seats, task chairs, and tables. If you see anything you would like to take, just speak with someone at the Circulation Desk and let them know which pieces you want. There is no limit to how many of the available items you may take, but Library staff cannot assist you with the removal.

Once taken, the furniture is yours to keep, no returns will be accepted, and the Library assumes no liability.

The Furniture Giveaway will take place during regular Library hours, until one ½-hour before closing each day. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Cawley, Executive Director of the Roselle Public Library District at 630-529-1641, extension *311.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Happenings at the Library

Looking for creative and more professional wrapping for your presents this year? Learn how to wrap your presents like a pro! Come join us for Wrap It Up! on Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Bring in your gift items (limit of 5 gifts) to wrap for the holidays. The first 30 minutes of the program we’ll demonstrate a few ways to wrap gifts of all shapes and sizes. Then we’ll provide the tissue, wrapping paper, bows and let you go to it! While you are wrapping, enjoy some free coffee to keep you going! The program is open to adults and students in grades 6-12. Register online through the library events calendar, by phone, (630) 529-1641, or in person at the library.

Grandparents and Grand-friends can get in the spirit of the season and spend quality time with their grandchildren at the Grandparents Got Game Holiday Session on Monday, December 22, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. This drop-in program will feature special holiday bingo, crafts, snack, and board games to play. No registration required.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TNT's The Librarians

We've been hearing a lot of buzz about the new series on Turner Network Television (TNT), The Librarians, and perhaps needless to say, we are intrigued.

Watch a clip of TNT's new drama The Librarians:





If you're curious to know more about the series yourself, TNT has a terrific Tumblr blog with lots of bonus content to get you up to speed on the backstory and teasers for some of the Librarians' upcoming mysterious adventures. Check out the blog here: The Librarians Tumblr


If you don't have access to the TNT cable network, the first two episodes are available for streaming on their website (at the time of this writing), and they plan to post subsequent episodes as the season progresses. Watch The Librarians Online at TNTDrama.com

As you may be aware, the series is inspired by The Librarian series of telefilms, also from TNT. If you want to get caught up on the movies in order to better appreciate the TV series, we've got you covered!

We have all three films available on DVD. Follow the links below to place a title on hold using your library card number and PIN, or just give us a call at (630) 529-1641, and we'll be happy to do it for you.


The librarian. Quest for the spear

DVD Title: The librarian. Quest for the spear

Summary: The librarian. Quest for the spear [videorecording (DVD)] / TNT presents an Electric Entertainment production, in association with ApolloProScreen ; producers, Jörg Westercamp, Kai Schürmann ; produced by Phillip M. Goldfarb ; written by David Titcher ; directed by Peter Winther.

Find The librarian. Quest for the spear in our catalog.


The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines

DVD Title: The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines

Summary: The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines [videorecording (DVD)] / TNT presents in association with Electric Entertainment ; a Dean Devlin production ; produced by Noah Wyle, Michael S. Murphey ; written by Marco Schnabel ; directed by Jonathan Frakes.

Find The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines in our catalog.


The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice

DVD Title: The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice

Summary: The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice [videorecording (DVD)] / Electric Entertainment presents a Dean Devlin production ; a film by Jonathan Frakes ; produced by Noah Wyle, John Rogers ; written by Marco Schnabel ; directed by Jonathan Frakes.

Find The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice in our catalog.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

eRead Illinois and Your Tablet

If you’re a tablet owner and long-time user of our OverDrive eMediaLibrary ebook service, you’ve likely become an old pro at using the OverDrive Media Console app, but have you hit a stumbling block with eRead Illinois? It’s worth it to stick it out and make it work for you. The key is to stay focused on what you want to do, and not get distracted by all the other options. Remember that these services are set up to accommodate many different users on many different devices. Just look through the help materials and identify your device, and follow the specific instructions step-by-step.

One of the things that seems to throw people off is the option of choosing between the axisReader and Blio apps, which are available for both iOS and Android. Since most of the books are available for both apps, the choice is really up to you. It’s mostly about personal preference, but in our experience the axisReader app is most like the OverDrive app in its basic functionality, but the Blio app is better at displaying and interacting with graphic-intensive books, like children’s picture books, graphic novels, and cook books.

A special note to Kindle Fire users... Some of you have expressed reservations about having to allow your device to install non-Amazon apps. Having tried it, we can assure you there is nothing to fear, and you can reset your device to block further installations after you’ve finished. Remember your Kindle Fire is basically an Android device with an Amazon layer on top, so this process, known as “side loading,” is perfectly safe and poses little risk to your device. But if we haven’t convinced you, there should be an axisReader app available on the Amazon App Store very soon…

As usual, if you have any questions, stop by the Reference Desk, and we’ll be happy to help!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Great Big Thank You

Thank you to the 2014 Model Railroad Showcase Donors & Supporters!

Everyone had a great time at this year's Showcase thanks to the hard work and support of these donors and exhibitors:

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Celebrate Trains at the Model Railroad Showcase

If you love model trains then Roselle Public Library's Model Railroad Showcase is the place to be on Saturday, November 1 & Sunday, November 2. It's an entire weekend of model railroading at the Library!


  • Layouts operated by The Midwest Division of Train Collectors Association, The Northwest Trainmasters, The British Train Society, and The Illinois Railway Museum
  • Exhibits and collections from The Milwaukee Road Historical Association and The Chicago and North Western Historical Society
  • Running layouts operated by Roselle hobbyists
  • Learn about train and railroad crossing safety from Metra representatives
  • Train crafts for kids, refreshments and door prizes

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Aussie Film Fest 10/25/2014

As part of our On the Same Page: The Light Between Oceans celebration during the month of October, on Saturday the 25th, the Roselle Public Library will host an all-day Aussie Film Fest, showcasing some of the world class cinema that has come out of Australia. (To be held in the Library Atrium, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., light refreshments will be served.)

During the festival we will be offering both a hand-picked selection of landmark Australian films and a "Viewers' Choice" of popular titles.

For U.S. film buffs, Peter Weir was really the first major Australian director that most of us learned about. Movies like Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, and The Year of Living Dangerously alerted the world that Australian film-making was worthy of a global audience. The names of some of his later Hollywood films would probably be familiar even to casual movie watchers: Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Green Card, and Dead Poet's Society.

As American audiences have discovered over the years, Australian film encompasses every genre. We thought we'd seen most of the more celebrated films of the last few decades, but there were plenty of new discoveries for us as we prepared for this event, including a delightful and uniquely Australian story, The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch.

Below are brief trailers for some of the films we've been watching in preparation for our festival.


Gallipoli, 1981, dir. Peter Weir
Gallipoli depicts the personal stories of two Australian sprinters caught up in the famous World War I battle fought in Turkey.


Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975, dir. Peter Weir
Based on a true story, this film dramatizes the unexplained disappearance of a group of Australian school girls during a picnic in the Outback.


The Castle, 1997, dir.Rob Sitch
The Castle is a comedy about a Melbourne family's fight to remain in their home in the face of an expansion of their local airport.


Below are some examples of Australian movies available on DVD in our catalog. Click on the images to see their complete listings.

Muriel's Wedding The Sapphires The road from Coorain Rabbit-proof fence Shine Australia

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