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Local Author Showcase: Elizabeth Blackwell

July 17, 2014 – 3:35 pm |

Local Author Showcase spotlights Skokie-area writers and their work. This month we’re talking to Elizabeth Blackwell, a former Skokie resident and longtime library patron who’s written the fabulous historical novel While Beauty Slept. Come meet Elizabeth on Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. when she visits to talk about her life and work. Here’s a preview:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from Washington DC originally, but …

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Staff Reviews: Tenth of December by Saunders, George

July 25, 2014 – 5:51 pm |

To anyone with a sense of irony and a tepid enthusiasm for modern culture, I would recommend Tenth of December. Satire is the dominant theme, and Saunders delivers his message without sounding preachy. The social message is woven into superbly told stories that leave the reader with questions rather than answers. Each story is emotional, suspenseful, funny, and unsettling; but, not all the pieces in Tenth of December can precisely be called stories. “Sticks” for example sounds more like a eulogy turned on its head; “Exhortation” is a wonderful parody of a company memorandum; and “Al Roosten” is one particularly pathetic man’s stream of consciousness. Beneath the satire, plots and characters is, however, a tacit and more compelling message, viz. if people need more of anything, it’s more understanding.

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Popcorn Episode 25

July 24, 2014 – 7:39 pm |
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In our latest podcast, Annabelle and Sharon recommend teen movies for the not so young. Listen and find out what and why. Enjoy.
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Online Auctions

July 24, 2014 – 1:02 pm |
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Online auction sites are pretty popular on the internet.  You’ve probably heard of (or used) the auction site eBay (although auctions are only part of what it offers). It’s one of the safest places to buy things from, especially if you use their PayPal service (which is also used by other online shopping sites as well, such as Amazon).
There are specialized auction sites like Heritage Auctions which …

Local Author Showcase: Elizabeth Blackwell

July 17, 2014 – 3:35 pm |
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Local Author Showcase spotlights Skokie-area writers and their work. This month we’re talking to Elizabeth Blackwell, a former Skokie resident and longtime library patron who’s written the fabulous historical novel While Beauty Slept. Come meet Elizabeth on Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. when she visits to talk about her life and work. Here’s a preview:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from Washington DC originally, but …

Staff Review: Never the Bride by Magrs, Paul

July 11, 2014 – 9:20 am |

Droll accounting of the life of Brenda (no surname) who has chosen a small, seaside English town in which to retire. Brenda is not just the nice old “B&B Lady,” as she’s got a past she’s keeping covered up under all that make up. She and her best friend, Effie get into some serious hijinks, investigating newcomers in town who all have something a little odd about them — is that charming fellow a vampire? Why is that sweet family so jumpy? And what is Mr. Danby doing at the “Deadly Boutique” down the road? And though I think it might say so on the cover copy, I won’t say who Brenda really is, because the fun is in the slow reveal. Funny and sly.

The audiobook version is excellent, read expertly (and convincingly) by Joanna Tope.

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Maker Master Challenge: Adam

July 10, 2014 – 9:31 am |
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Congratulations to Adam, our 2nd Maker Master of all time! The Maker Master Challenge is a way for kids in grades 4-8 to try new projects and share their creations with others. Adam has worked hard to complete challenges in seven different fields, and for that he definitely deserves this honor.  The task of becoming [...]

Staff Reviews: Salt, sugar, fat : how the food giants hooked us by Moss, Michael

July 3, 2014 – 10:03 am |

This book is a mind-blowing look at our food and how it is produced & marketed. The author certainly opened my eyes to a lot of deceptive practices of the food industry. For example, instead of adding more tomatoes to pasta sauces & ketchup,…

Stop the Summer Slide: How to Get Your Kids Interested in Reading

June 30, 2014 – 9:14 pm |
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Sure, our Summer Reading Clubs can be a great way to win swag. (At left, exhibit A: nifty shades modeled by young Katy.) But the program isn’t just fun and games.
Research shows that summer takes a toll on a student’s skills. Programs like our Summer Reading Club help stem that brain drain: It’s estimated that children who get their hands on books over the summer …

Staff Reviews: Banewreaker by Carey, Jacqueline

June 30, 2014 – 5:56 pm |

This is the first book in the Sundering duology. It is clearly and intentionally similar to Lord of the Rings, with key details changed. The “bad guys” are not bad and the “good guys” are dupes of an arrogant god with very good PR skills. The story follows the Witch-King of Angmar equivalent as he tries to stop a prophesy, that if fulfilled, will kill the wounded god who has given him immortality and refuge. The prose is a bit purple, but I am a fan of good melodrama.

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Staff Reviews: The Automatic Detective by Martinez, A. Lee

June 30, 2014 – 5:39 pm |

This is the best and most humorous genre mash-up I have read. Max Megaton is a kill-bot turned cab driver in Empire City, a city of 50′s Sci-fi gone gritty. Some of his only friends have gone missing and he is out to find and rescue them. This book…