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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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Yahoo directory is going away

September 29, 2014 – 3:01 pm |

The Yahoo directory (which may actually be down if you try viewing it now due to renewed interest) is going away.  The directory of websites that used to catalog things into various tiers of subjects will be no more as of December 31st, 2014.
The directory was popular before crawler-based searching became more useful and popular.  It was an easy way to find what you were looking for …

Under the Cover Review: Horde

September 27, 2014 – 8:00 am |
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Horde by Ann Aguirre Reviewed by Mateo H. Chute Middle School, 6th Grade Horde, written by Ann Aguirre, is the third book in the Razorland series. Horde is a Science Fiction book which takes place in a Post-Apocalyptic Earth. One of the main characters is Deuce, who is caring and determined. “I said. ‘But I [...]

Under the Cover Review: Five Kingdoms, Sky Radiers

September 26, 2014 – 8:00 am |
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Five Kingdoms: Sky Radiers by Brandon Mull Reviewed by Nicholas J. Chute Middle School, 6th Grade Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull is an excellent fantasy novel. This book takes place in a quiet town on Halloween in present time. Cole, the main character, goes to a haunted house with his friends. As he [...]

Under the Cover Review: The Falconer

September 25, 2014 – 8:00 am |
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The Falconer by Elizabeth May Reviewed by Jessica R. Chute Middle School, 6th Grade The fantasy book, The Falconer by Elizabeth May, was one of the most exciting and fast-paced books I have read this year. The book is about eighteen year-old Aleina, who lives in Edinburgh Scotland in 1844. Aliena is a very strong and [...]

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, 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 …