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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

#RandomReviews - Vox

Book Title: Vox

Author: Christina Dalcher

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

In a near future dystopian America, speech is an instrument of control. Women's rights have been gradually repressed for years, but after the election of a conservative president with a strong religious advisor, scripture and politics unite to force women to limit their words to only 100 per day. Without voices, women can no longer hold jobs, have bank accounts, or even read or write - all words count toward their allotment. Jean, a former cognitive linguist studying aphasia, watches in virtual silence and horror as her young sons are indoctrinated and her six-year-old daughter learns not to speak.

When the president's brother is diagnosed with aphasia, Jean's area of expertise, she is asked to help cure him in exchange for a reprieve from the speech limit. Can she use this temporary respite as an opportunity to fight the establishment? It turns out that there is more at stake...

Why you picked it up: I had heard it compared to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale plus it sounded very contemporary.

Why you finished it: I had to find out how it ended.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to people who liked The Handmaid's Tale and to anyone concerned with women's rights.

Find Vox in our catalog.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Model Railroad Showcase Returns to the Library!

The trains return on Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4 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 Society and
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.

Enjoy train crafts for kids, refreshments and door prizes.

Many thanks to Model Railroad Showcase donors:
America's Best Train & Hobby Shop, Itasca 
2Toots Restaurant, Bartlett 
HobbyTown USA, Schaumburg

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

#RandomReview - News of the World

Book Title: News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

Janet Maslin wrote in a review for the New York Time (Oct. 1, 2016) "Ms. Jiles writes books that bring the natural world to life and are also agonizingly eventful. Her story in “News of the World” is painfully simple. An old man, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, is content to make his living as an itinerant news reader in Texas until he is charged with a much more difficult mission. A white girl, about 10, has been “rescued” from the Kiowa Indians who kidnapped her and killed her immediate family four years earlier. Would he please take her down to the San Antonio region and return her to her closest living relatives, an aunt and uncle?

This comes at a very bad time for Captain Kidd. It is the winter of 1870, and he is busy spreading the news that the 15th Amendment has just been ratified, extending the right to vote to all men without regard to race or previous condition of servitude. “That means colored gentlemen,” he tells his audiences. “Let us have no vaporings or girlish shrieks.” He would much rather continue with this than take a strange little girl on a long journey."

But he does take her and on the journey they slowly learn to accept each other. We learn a lot about Captain Kidd and his family; a little about Joanna, her history and future; and we wonder how it will end. Will they arrive safely? Will Joanna be accepted by her aunt and uncle? Will Capt. Kidd be reunited with his family? Will there be a happily-ever-after?

Why you picked it up: News of the World is this year's selection for On the Same Page, the community read hosted by the public libraries of Roselle, Bloomingdale and Itasca during the month of October.

Why you finished it: It was very well-written. I needed to find out what happened to Joanna and Captain Kidd in the end.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys westerns (even if you don't usually enjoy westerns), adventure stories, and historical fiction.

Find News of the World in our catalog.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

#RandomReview - Head On

Book Title: Head On

Author: John Scalzi

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

This was a great story - part sports story (really!), part mystery, part FBI procedural (is there such a thing?) and all sci fi. I loved it, and I can't even begin to explain what it was about in a short review.

Suffice it to say that Duane Chapman, a fair but not great player for the Boston Bays Hilketa team dies during a preseason game and 2 FBI agents try to solve the mystery of why, how and who did it. What is Hilketa, you ask? Well, it's kind of like football, but you score points by ripping off the head of the "goat" on the opposing team and throwing, kicking, carrying or otherwise getting it over the goal line. Duane was the goat for the third time in this game when he died. Duane, like all the players on the team had Haden's Syndrome, so it was not his physical body on the playing field, but a "threep" (like a robot body) that he was piloting. Somehow, he died. How, why and who?

All I can say is, it was really good!

Why you picked it up: I saw a short review in passing and it sounded like something I would enjoy.

Why you finished it: It combined some of my favorite elements: mystery, complex plotting, snappy dialogue, and science fiction.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to sci-fi fans and mystery fans.

Find Head On in our catalog.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Beartown

Book Title: Beartown

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewed By: Julie J.

Fredrik Backman is known for his endearing and heart-warming stories such as A Man Called Ove. Beartown is a departure from his other novels. Beartown is a thought-provoking story about the repercussions a small hockey town faces after one of its residents commits a crime. If you enjoy Beartown then you will not want to miss the sequel, Us Against You.

Find Beartown in print, audiobook on CD and digital formats in the Library's catalog.

Summer Reading programs are long over for this year, but we still want your reviews!
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.

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, August 20, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Book Title: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Author: Fredrik Backman

Reviewed By: Julie J.

Seven-year-old Elsa has grown up adoring her grandmother and the stories she tells her. However when Elsa's grandmother dies, her grandmother sets her on a mission to deliver letters to people her grandmother has known over the years. Letters to tell people she is sorry. Along her journey, Elsa learns more about her grandmother, both good and bad. Elsa meets lots of quirky people along the way whose stories we also get drawn into. One of those characters is Britt-Marie who Backman later featured in his book Britt-Marie Was Here. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry highlights the beautiful relationship between Elsa and her grandmother.

Find My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry in print and digital formats in the Library's catalog.

Summer Reading programs are over for this year, but we still want your reviews!
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.

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, August 16, 2018

Summer Reading Book Review - Digital Photography FAQz

Book Title: Digital Photography FAQz

Author: Jeff Wignal

Reviewed By: Lynn R.

Digital Photography FAQz by Jeff Wignal is an online book on eMediaLibrary. It has the answers to many questions about digital photography from the simple to questions I would not have even known to ask. It is very concise and using the search function, you can find answers quickly. It covers information on cameras, accessories, lenses, and gear. There are answers about basic photography techniques. A section on creative shooting techniques is also included.

Why you picked it up: After watching the Kanopy video entitled "Getting Beyond the Postcard: The Art of Travel Photography," I thought of looking up some photography books. (I also highly recommend the Kanopy videos which have a vast range of offerings from classics to more current movies).

Why you finished it: I was gifted an older digital camera but know very little about the many options on my camera. This is more of a reference book with so much information to absorb so it it really a book you never finish reading.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend this to a person that owns or is thinking of purchasing a digital camera.

Find Digital Photography FAQz in downloadable ebook format in our catalog.

Summer Reading programs are over for this year, but we still want your reviews!
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.

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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