First Ever Music Festival at U.S. Cellular Field!

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According to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), the owners of U.S. Cellular Field have been looking to broaden the use of the stadium beyond baseball games.

The Chicago-native, Chance the Rapper, will be hosting his Chicago tour date for his Magnificent Coloring Tour at U.S. Cellular Field on September 24th and will be calling it the “Magnificent Coloring Day.”

The “Magnificent Coloring Day” will be the “first ever music festival at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s South Side.” The one day music festival will feature artists Skrillex, John Legend, Alicia Keys (who I’ve been dying to see), Lil Wayne, Tyler the Creator, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, along with special guests.

ISFA Executive Director, Lou Bertuca, says this will be the first of many events outside of baseball to be held at the Cell. “There’s no reason that the stadium shouldn’t be doing one major sporting event outside of baseball,” Bertuca said.

There have only been two previous concerts at the Cell- Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones in the early 2000’s.

Bertuca said ISFA has been working for the past year with Madison House Productions to secure a performer. When the option of Chance the Rapper came to the table, he jumped at the opportunity.

“Chance is the perfect fit because he’s from the South Side of Chicago, he’s really proud of being from Chicago and gives a lot back,” Bertuca said. “To catch Chance the Rapper on his meteoric rise to the top is just a great opportunity.”

Presale tickets can be found on Ticketmaster starting at 5:00 PM CDT TODAY.

There will also be a White Sox presale on Wednesday, July 27th at 10:00 AM CDT. To be eligible for the presale, you can join the White Sox’s Black List by 3:00 PM tomorrow (July 26th)  where you will receive an email before Wednesday with an access code to purchase tickets.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29th at 10:00 AM CDT.

With it being my birthday weekend, I will DEFINITELY be in attendance. I can’t wait to see what other events will be held at my second home, the Cell.

-CP-

A “Ghostly” Display

ghostbusters_symbolWith the release of the updated and recent reboot of the classic Ghostbusters film, we here at The Fountaindale Public Library are taking the time to showcase a Spook-tacular display. This month’s lobby tree display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books that take a look at all things paranormal; including ghosts, haunted houses, and all other manner of things that go “bump” in the night.  …And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

 

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

 

  1. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Troy Taylor
  2. The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques For Exploring the Supernatural World by Melissa Martin Ellis
  3. Ghost: Investigating the Other Side by Katherine Ramsland
  4. The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums, & Psychic Phenomena by Ron Rhodes
  5. Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps by Adam Selzer

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So, come on in and get a sample of all things ghostly!

 

-Brian S.

 

Memorial Day Display

mem_day_picWith Memorial Day coming up on Monday May 30th, we here at The Fountaindale Public Library are taking the time to pay tribute and respect to those who have served in our country’s armed forces. This month’s lobby tree display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books that take a look at the brave men and women who have served in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  …And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

 

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

 

  1. Navy Seals: Their Untold Storyby Dick Couch and William Doyle  
  2. Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces by Tom Clancy with Carl Stiner
  3. The United States Marines: A Historyby Edwin Howard Simmons
  4. The US Air Forceby Robert Grayson
  5. The US National Guardby Marcia Amidon Lusted

 

So, come on in and get to know a little more about all that these brave men and women do!

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– Brian S

 

 

Academy Award Winners – Best Picture

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Every year, since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has  presented the Award for Best Picture.  In this brochure, you will find a sampling of some of the films that have been selected in the last 14 of the ensuing 88 years.

 

birdman
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2014 (87th Academy Awards)

 

12 years
12 Years A Slave
2013 (86th Academy Awards)

 

Argo-Poster
Argo
2012 (85th Academy Awards)

 

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The Artist
2011 (84th Academy Awards)

 

king's speech
The King’s Speech
2010 (83rd Academy Awards)

 

hurt locker
The Hurt Locker
2009 (82nd Academy Awards)

 

slumdog
Slumdog Millionaire
2008 (81st Academy Awards)

 

no country
No Country For Old Men
2007 (80th Academy Awards)

 

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The Departed
2006 (79th Academy Awards)

 

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Crash
2005 (78th Academy Awards)

 

million_dollar_baby
Million Dollar Baby
2004 (77th Academy Awards)

 

lord rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 (76th Academy Awards)

 

chicago
Chicago
2002 (75th Academy Awards)

 

A_Beautiful_Mind_Poster
A Beautiful Mind
2001 (74th Academy Awards)

 

gladiator poster
Gladiator
2000 (73rd Academy Awards)

 

american beauty
American Beauty
1999 (72nd Academy Awards)

 

shakespeare in love
Shakespeare in Love
1998 (71st Academy Awards)

 

titanic
Titanic
1997 (70th Academy Awards)

 

english patient
The English Patient
1996 (69th Academy Awards)

 

braveheart
Braveheart
1995 (68th Academy Awards)

 

gump
Forrest Gump
1994 (67th Academy Awards)

 

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Schindler’s List
1993 (66th Academy Awards)

 

unforgiven
Unforgiven
1992 (65th Academy Awards)

 

silence_of_the_lambs
The Silence of the Lambs
1991 (64th Academy Awards)

 

wolves
Dances with Wolves
1990 (63rd Academy Awards)

 

So come on into the Fountaindale Public Library to get yourself a copy of these Academy Award Winners for Best Picture today!!

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– Brian S

 

New Year, New You

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Every New Year brings about with it a time of change, growth, re-birth, and resolution. It is the time for the fresh start, making plans, setting goals, and living up to one’s full potential…all for the betterment of oneself. Acknowledgement is the first step, obtaining the means to reach said goals is the next. So, where does one start? Well, how about The Fountaindale Public Library! Come on into the Fountaindale Public Library and check out our newest Lobby Display! This month’s display is appropriately titled: “New Year, New You”, with an emphasis on health and exercise. The display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books as well.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1.  The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham
  2. Strong Women, Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
  3. Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body- and a  Better Life by Barbara Harris
  4.   Stronger, Faster: Workday Workouts that Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time by Brian Kaufman
  5. Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock by Denise Austin

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

 

In addition our materials, we also have online capabilities as well.  One of the trendiest and most popular sites going right now is PopSugar Fitness.  PopSugar Fitness is a site dedicated to healthier living.  It contains online demonstrations of various workouts.   These include 10, 20, 30, 40-Minute Workouts as well as Full-body Workouts.

https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit

This site and many others like it can be accessed in our Computer Commons area on the 2nd Floor!

So, come on in and get your New Year started off right!

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– Brian S.

COOKIES!

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The holiday season is a magical time of year. The trees come alive with lights, wreaths transform walls that were once bare, and giant ornaments appear all over shopping centers. It is a time to build memories by keeping family traditions alive and reconnecting with others.

My family celebrates Christmas and one of my favorite traditions, besides making tamales, is baking cookies with my mother while watching some of my favorite Christmas movies like Elf. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I believe food always brings people together. Here are a couple of cookie recipes from our talented bakers at Fountaindale to tryout and for any last minute cookie exchanges.

Orange Thumbprint- Cristina
(Makes about 60) 

These are my FAVORITE! I love citrus so I like to add a little more orange zest to the recipe to give it a bit more flavor. The cookies come out soft and taste amazing. It’s definitely a recipe to try out!

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For the dough:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt

For the filling:
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice.
⅓ tablespoon coarse salt
confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Make dough: With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Add yolks and vanilla, and beat for 1 minute. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour and salt until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, at least 1 hour, or up to 1 day.
  2. Make filling: Preheat oven to 325͒ F. Line baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper; lightly coat with cooking spray. Whisk together granulated sugar, flour, and egg. Stir in Zest, juice, and salt.
  3. Form balls of dough (each equal to 2 teaspoons), and place on prepared sheets, about 1 inch apart. With the handle of a wooden spoon, press gently in the center of each to create an indentation. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Press centers again if indentations lose definition. Spoon filling into centers. Continue baking until cookies are light brown around edges, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar. Cookies can be stored up to 2 days at room temperature in airtight containers.

Sugar Cookies- Maureen 
(Makes about 30)

“The cookies come out soft but still good enough to decorate with icing and sprinkles! I’ve also made this icing–it’s easy and you just need to buy food coloring.”

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For the dough:
½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  4. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in sugar.
  5. Place on greased baking sheet; flatten with a glass.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

For the icing:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth.
  2. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  3. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity.
  4. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

 

Pumpkin Turnovers- Deb
(Makes 8 turnovers)

“I made my own dough instead of buying puff pastry. I call them Pumpkin Pasties, which is a much-loved treat from the Harry Potter universe.”

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Ingredients:
2 puffed pastry sheets, thawed
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all-spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar

For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
Dash of vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix pumpkin puree, brown sugar and remaining spices in medium mixing bowl until smooth.
  3. Place puffed pastry sheets on clean, dry surface. Cut each pastry sheet into four squares.
  4. Place one and a half HEAPING tablespoons of pumpkin puree on one half of the square.
  5. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal.
  6. Place turnovers on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them. If desired, crimp edges with fork.
  7. Cut three small indentations on the thickest part of the turnover to resemble small apple pies.
  8. Brush with one beaten egg, if desired.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. When golden brown and puffed up, remove from oven and drizzle vanilla glaze on top using the prongs of a fork.
  11. For glaze, simply whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. If glaze is too thick, gradually increase milk. Enjoy!

 

Magic Cookie Bars- Kate

“My favorite recipe!”

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (I just crush graham crackers in a bag)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chops
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter.
  4. Press mix into bottom of prepared pan.
  5. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
  6. Layer evening with chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.
  7. Press firmly down (I recommend with a fork or a spoon so it doesn’t stick to hands).
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Cut into bars.

 

Monster Cookies- Agnes
(Makes about 2 ½ dozen)

Here is Agnes’ recipe slightly modified from

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2014/10/monster-cookies.html#SfMjQOy04FxldtyW.99

MonsterCookies

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
​1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter (use crunchy if you like nuts)
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup M&Ms
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter.
4. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well until creamy.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated. Stir in the butterscotch, chocolate chips, and M&Ms.
6. Mix in the oats.
7. Place balls of dough, around 1½ Tablespoons each, on the parchment sheet. You can hand place extra M&Ms on top, pressing slightly in.
8. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Make sure not to over bake. The cookies will not be brown and will continue to cook as they cool on the pan.
9. Store in an airtight container.

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do. Happy holidays from Fountaindale!

-CP-

Back to the Future

The wait is almost over for Back to The Future fans! October 25, 2015, the exact date Marty McFly traveled through time in Back to the Future Part II is among us! Let the countdown begin to the PRECISE time Marty went back to the future at 4:29PM.

Here are a couple of ways to celebrate this once in a lifetime event.

Wear your pockets inside out.

While people don’t really wear their pants inside out these days (well most of us don’t, or maybe it’s just me?), take some of Doc’s advice and wear your pockets inside out! It’s simple. You just reach inside of your pockets, and pull them out.

Pizza Hut and Pepsi

Have dinner with the family and order a half pepperoni and half green peppers pizza from Pizza Hut. Although it won’t be a dehydrated pizza like in the movie, a fresh and ready to go pizza will suffice.

Pepsi is going Back to the Future (or should I say Present?) and will be releasing a new (EXTREMELY) limited edition collectable bottle (only 6,500 bottles will be made). Aside from it being made with the same Pepsi Formula, it will give you a little taste of the future. This product will be sold for the appropriate price of $20.15, not quite as pricey as the $50 Pepsi Perfect Doc gave to Marty in the film. You can buy your collectors item online, although Pepsi recommends checking out their social media page for the exact locations where you can buy it.

Does it feel like I’m trying to sell these products? I SWEAR I’m not.
MOVING ON.

Watch/Root for the Cubbies!

Ever since the Cubs won the Wild Card game against the Pirates, I’ve been hearing nothing but Back to the Future references. The Cubs won the first round against their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals and are currently playing against the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. If they manage to beat the Mets, they will be in the World Series! If the Cubs were to win the World Series they would end their 107 year old drought. This would be be a HUGE celebration to Chicago and all the Cubs fans out there. HOW EXCITING!!! If you’re not a Cubbies or baseball fan watch them anyways! I am a DIE HARD White Sox fan (SOUTH SIDE!) and I will be watching the games. The Cubs are making history, and how cool would it be to say Back to the Future predicted this!

Could this be “the year?”

The hoverboard is finally here!
The hoverboard has been brought to life! Lexus has designed a hoverboard using superconductive magnetic levitation to defy gravity. Although it is not for sale, it will be sold in the near future. Don’t believe me? See it for yourself.

Back to the Future movie marathon

I am a big fan of movie marathons. If you don’t want to watch the Cubs game or perhaps have a lot of free time on the 21st watch the movies all over again! Want to watch the trilogy all over again or perhaps for the first time but don’t have them? Don’t sweat it, the library owns several copies!

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Back to the Future Day at Fountaindale!

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” Come celebrate with us as we munch on popcorn and watch a showing of Back to the Future II at 6:30 PM in Meeting Room A! You can also stop by to get your picture taken in front of a DeLorean background or get a picture of you on a hoverboard. You can also be entered into a special grand prize drawing just for attending! If you aren’t excited yet, check out our promo video made by the Studio 300! The fun begins at 6! Hope to see you all there!

–Cristina

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