Book Recommendation: UnF**k Your Habitat

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The library recently got this really awesome book by Rachel Hoffman, UnF*ck your Habitat: You’re Better than Your Mess. It’s based on her website of the same name! The book and website intentionally has a little bit of strong language, but it’s not to the point where it’s in bad taste. If that’s way too much of an (understandable) turn-off for you, let me point you out to Marie Kondo instead!

As I’ve been making my way through the book, Hoffman has some really great advice for people who struggle to keep up on the messes our daily lives bring us. It assumes nothing pertaining to cleaning ability. This gives you a chance to start fresh to learn and build new cleaning habits!

My favorite is her philosophy of 20/10s. I know that sounds like a really weird name, but bear with me while I explain. All 20/10 means is for every 20 minutes of cleaning, you take a 10 minute break. 20/10s are adjustable based on your cleaning endurance. Not quite ready for that? Try 10/5s. Are you ready to be a cleaning MONSTER? Try 45/15s! It’s workable to fit any kind of level. You can do as many 20/10s as you want. Do one a day, do several in a row, it’s your choice!

Check it out today (after I return it…whoops!)!

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Ashe

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National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month.  Introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website Poets.org serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The organization also provides free educational resources for teachers in classroom celebrations and activities, and also commissions an annual festival poster.  The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in celebration of National Poetry Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful art form.

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

  1. The American Night by Jim Morrison
  2. Complete Poems 1904-1962 by e. e. cummings
  3. Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure
  4. The Roominghouse Madrigals by Charles Bukowski
  5. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Jack Kerouac

 

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

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So, come on in and celebrate the art as well as the poets who have contributed immensely to the creative foundation of Poetry.

-Brian

 

New Book Club! Forever Young Adult

I know this is technically the X Meets Y Book Club blog, but I am taking it over for this post! MWAHAHAHAHA! I want to announce an exciting new book club at Fountaindale – Forever Young Adult!

Young Adult literature is NOT just for young adults! Some of the most innovative stories, emotionally resonant characters, and hilarious narrators can be found in the YA genre, and that’s only the start. If you’re a John Green buff, Rainbow Rowell fangirl, or just starting to get into the genre, this will be the place to discuss the latest YA lit with your fellow “adults.” The new book club is for those of us 18 and older who are young at heart.

Forever Young Adult starts meeting in March so you have some time to read our first book for discussion, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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Rainbow Rowell has become one of the biggest names in YA over the last few years, and Eleanor & Park is arguably her best YA novel. Here is a brief synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Even if you absolutely would never be caught dead with a love story, this book will surprise you. Far from ooey-gooey romance, the book is filled with witty quips and awesome 80s references. It’s funny, poignant, and adorable all at the same time.

The Forever Young Adult Book Club will meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, starting with our first meeting on March 8th. No registration is necessary! To reserve your copy of Eleanor & Park, you can call Adult and Teen Services at 630-685-4176 or visit the 3rd Floor Reference Desk!

Hope to see you there!

-ES

Black History Month Display

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February 1st is the start of Black History Month.  Black History Month celebrates the people, history, culture and influence of African-American citizens in the U.S.  African-Americans contribute to our nation and economy in many ways, from our government and military, to small business, industry, arts, music, food and education. The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in dedication to Black History Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful culture.

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

  1. Black America: A Photographic Journey by Marcia A. Smith
  2. Creating Black Americans by Nell Irvin Painter
  3. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
  4. Legacy: Treasures of Black History by John Hope Franklin
  5. Living Black History by Manning Marable

 

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

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So, come on in and celebrate the history, people, culture, and contributions of African-Americans and Black History.

 

-Brian

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!

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

– Brian

BASKETBALL DISPLAY

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The month of December celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Basketball.   Invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, Basketball is one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports.  The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in recognition of the sport and some of its key players with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs.  …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. Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure by Alexander Wolff
  2. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson
  3. A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball by Dwayne Wade
  4. One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan’s Comeback by Mitchell Kruegl
  5. Values of the Game by Bill Bradley

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So, come on in and celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Basketball.

-Brian S.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Display

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September 15th is the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the people, history, culture and influence of Hispanic and Latino American citizens on the U.S. With ancestors who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, Hispanic Americans contribute to our nation and economy in many ways, from our government and military, to small business, industry, arts, music, food and education. The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in dedication to National Hispanic Heritage with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful culture.  …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. Everything You Need To Know About Latino History by Himilce Novas
  2. Herencia: The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States by Nicolas Kanellos
  3. Hispanic American Voices by Deborah Gillan Straub
  4. Latinos: Remaking America by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Mariela M. Paez
  5. Our America: A Hispanic History of The United States by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

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So, come on in and celebrate the history, people, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Heritage.

-Brian S.