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

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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.

Fantastic Beasts at Fountaindale

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Greetings, witches and wizards! You better be getting your wands ready for the release of the new Harry Potter prequel film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th! Set in 1920s New York City, the story follows Mr. Newt Scamander (played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne), the eventual author of the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Harry Potter and his friends will one day use at Hogwarts decades in the future. Newt comes to NYC after being kicked out of Hogwarts himself (why, we wonder??), carrying a suitcase full of fantastical creatures. But somehow the creatures escape and start wreaking havoc in New York…

Sound exciting enough?? To celebrate the release of this highly-anticipated film, Fountaindale is throwing a party! On Saturday, November 12th from 10am to 3pm, the library will have crafts, games, and even host some real-life fantastic creatures! This is an all-ages, drop-in event, and it is sure to be FANTASTIC!

What can you expect at Fountaindale’s event? Here’s a sneak-peak:

  • Check out our Wizard Emporium, where witches and wizards of all ages can “buy” their wizard necessities. Stop by the bank for your wizard dollars, register your wand at the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) wand registry, pick out the wizarding items of your fancy, and even get your fortune told!
  • Go on a scavenger hunt throughout the library to find Newt Scamander’s missing beasts! Can you find them all? If so, a magical prize awaits you!
  • …and much more! Stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out more about this FANTASTIC event!

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.”

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.

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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