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Local Author Showcase: Eileen Ladin-Panzer

September 10, 2014 – 8:32 pm |

Local Author Showcase spotlights Skokie-area writers and their work. This month, meet Eileen Ladin-Panzer, author of A Life Less Lived. Eileen will be appearing at the library for a reading on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
After more than 30 years of working in the Chicago Public Schools as an administrator, I retired and began a new life as a …

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Popcorn: Episode 27

September 20, 2014 – 9:45 am |
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In our latest podcast, Annabelle and Sharon revisit the British crime drama Broadchurch and suggest some whodunit viewalikes that you are sure to enjoy. Their recommendations include Top of the Lake, Case Histories, Wallander and The Fall. However, they are most enthusiastic about the American remake Gracepoint, which premieres October 2nd on FOX.

Printing as a PDF

September 19, 2014 – 11:38 am |
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What happens is you filled out a form and you need to print it out in order to save it but you are nowhere near a printer (wired or a wireless one)? You could take a screen shot of your webpage (by using that “PrtScn” button on your keyboard and then pasting it into Paint program and saving the print that way). But that option …

Staff Reviews: The Last Picture Show by McMurtry, Larry

September 15, 2014 – 4:26 pm |

This is Larry McMurtry’s third novel and his second to have been turned into a major motion picture. Like, Horseman, Pass By, (aka Hud) The Last Picture Show centers around a young man growing up in Texas. Unlike Horseman, Pass by, The Last Picture Show takes place almost entirely in the urban setting of Thalia. Thalia is a small town surrounded by ranches and oil fields. The town itself contains little more than a couple of schools, a church, a diner and a pool hall and a domino hall. The main characters Sonny and Duane are regulars at the pool hall and are best friends. For different reasons both have left home and they share a room together in a motel where there is only one bathroom per floor. Both make a living working as helping hands for the oil and gas industry which serves the area. The theme of the novel is a lament for the past, a swan song for an American West falling victim to the disintegrating force of progress.

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Staff Reviews: Paying Guests, The by Waters, Sarah

September 12, 2014 – 1:39 pm |

In the years following the Great War, dreariness and disillusionment hang over London like a fog. Homeless veterans beg on street corners, women assume roles and responsibilities in the household left vacant by the loss of their male kinfolk (and a lack of money for servants), and cracks are forming in the social structure as class distinctions begin to blur. In this atmosphere, economic necessity forces Frances Wray, a 27-year-old spinster, and her widowed mother to take in lodgers. The young couple who invade their solitude are Leonard and Lillian Baker. The transition from gentlewomen to landlords is not an easy one for the Wray women. Leonard is loud and arrogant, obviously of a lower class, with attitudes and behaviors that verge on being improper and too risqué for Frances’s tastes. Frances is, however, increasingly intrigued by Lillian, and finally risks confessing her attraction, admitting to a history of homosexual liasons. Lillian is surprisingly receptive and the two become clandestine lovers. Tension mounts as it becomes increasingly difficult to keep their relationship a secret and to imagine its future, ultimately leading – one is left wondering if accidentally – to murder! Panicked, Frances rushes to cover their tracks, so well so that an acquaintance of Leonard’s is wrongly accused and put on trial for his life. Will the women get away with it? Will they let an innocent man hang? What, really, are their options? Can each trust the other not to go to the police? Here, this highly detailed, atmospheric historical novel becomes so much more – a psychological thriller, a courtroom drama, a lesbian romance, a work of literary suspense as Frances combats each crisis that arises, always hoping, on the cusp of a new age, to find independence from the responsibilities that entrench her in a dying way of life. Sarah Waters’ is, again, simply exceptional.

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Local Author Showcase: Eileen Ladin-Panzer

September 10, 2014 – 8:32 pm |
Eileen

Local Author Showcase spotlights Skokie-area writers and their work. This month, meet Eileen Ladin-Panzer, author of A Life Less Lived. Eileen will be appearing at the library for a reading on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
After more than 30 years of working in the Chicago Public Schools as an administrator, I retired and began a new life as a …

Staff Reviews: A song for Arbonne by Kay, Guy Gavriel

August 26, 2014 – 6:05 pm |

A song for Arbonne is different than most fantasy. It is extremely low magic and the fictional countries have obvious real world counterparts. This does mean the worldbuilding is a rough sketch, there are many details and the similarities add to a …

Staff Reviews: GOOD OMENS: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter, Witch by Gaiman, Neil/ Pratchett, Terry

August 26, 2014 – 5:27 pm |

The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley have a good working relationship, for centuries they have been secretly trading information to each other so they can look good to their bosses by foiling the plots of the other side. In their own way they a…

Staff Reviews: Invisible Ones, The by Penney, Stef

August 14, 2014 – 9:35 am |

At the behest of the girl’s father, half-Romany PI Ray Lovell investigates the disappearance of a young Gypsy woman, Rose, who ran off, leaving her husband with their seriously ill baby. The child, Christo, suffers from a genetic disease that has deva…

Kid Safe Search Engines

August 13, 2014 – 2:00 pm |
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What are some alternatives of search engines that are kid friendly?

Try using Safe Search Kids, Kid Rex, Quintura for Kids and Searchy Pants. You will not have to worry about inappropriate ads popping up left and right. (Although not all of the ads are gone in these search engines).

Did you know that there is even a kid friendly version of Wikipedia?
If you are looking for a fun and …

Searching the Internet

August 13, 2014 – 1:03 pm |
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When using search engines like Google or Bing there are a lot of features offered to make our searches more effective.
For example, you can use symbols in your Google searches.  If you’re looking for items at a certain cost you can use the $ along with the price, search social tags using the @, or trending topics with a hashtag #.   Here’s …