The old saying is true: time sure flies when you’re having fun! We can’t believe it, but this Friday is the last day of our Reading Is So Delicious summer program.
Come into the library this week to spin the wheel for rewards – we love to hear about what you’re reading. Remember that each time you check in, you are one step closer to an invitation to our exclusive end-of-summer-reading party! Party invitations will be mailed at the beginning of next week.
Last week our programs for kindergarten-5th graders focused on Edible Art, where the finished products not only looked good, they tasted good too. With chocolate pudding for a canvas and candies of varying shapes and colors for paint, the creative combinations were stupendous.
Professional storyteller Janice del Negro spooked our middle schoolers with scary tales told around our indoor campfire. Since no campfire is complete without s’mores, we noshed on those as well.
Now during this final week of programs, the spotlight is on a round, incomparable comfort food: pie!
Don’t forget to come in and take advantage of the last week of summer reading here at your library.
The library Board of Trustees met on Thursday July 19 at 7:30PM in the library board room. Highlights of the meeting were:
- Donna Fletcher, the library’s strategic planning consultant, facilitated a Board Input Session in the beginning of the meeting. The discussion focused on strengths, weaknesses, and what the ideal library would be like. Data collected at this meeting will be compiled with data from other sessions and will be used to create the final strategic plan.
- The Friends of the Library representative reported that the final sales from the June book sale were just under $1,800. Money raised by the Friends supports their mission of (1) encouraging broad-based community involvement, utilization, and membership in the library and (2) providing volunteers and financial support to enhance and promote library programming, resources, and services.
- The Board unanimously approved two ordinances, both of which are available in the library for review, and as per requirement, will be published in the Lincolnwood Review on July 26. The first ordinance is regarding the special building and maintenance levy, and the second is the notice of public hearing for the budget and appropriation ordinance.
- Two Trustees, Jim Berger and Charlene Bartlett, were appointed to audit the secretary’s minutes and other records for fiscal year 2011-2012.
The next board meeting will be on Thursday August 16, 2012 at 7:30PM at the library.
The library is kicking off a new strategic planning process, and your voice counts!
Strategic planning is a way to set direction and establish priorities for our library. It will define the library’s view of success and prioritize the activities that will make that view our reality.
The primary reason that we are undertaking strategic planning at this time is to better understand the needs of the community and identify ways to increase usage of the library by Lincolnwood residents.
It’s very important to us that Lincolnwood residents are heard, so please come and participate in a community-wide kickoff event scheduled for Wednesday August 1 at 7:00p.m. at the library. We’ll have desserts and coffee, and we will also be playing a kid-friendly movie in a different room at the same time, so bring the family.
If you have questions about the process or how you can participate, please contact Library Director Su Bochenski at 847.677.5277 or email@example.com
Taking the time to eat breakfast is vital for a healthy life. In honor of this fact, we celebrated breakfast last week as part of our Reading Is So Delicious summer reading program.
Our Family Storytime theme was Breakfast Before Bed. Families settled in and quieted down (pictured at right), then Miss Sharon read If You Give a Dog a Donut and Jam and Honey. After going through a cereal bar and mixing up some crazy combinations, everyone strung colorful cereal necklaces. If any cereal was eaten in the process of making of these necklaces, our lips are sealed.
The kindergarten through fifth graders at Breakfast for Dinner proved that their love for breakfast stretches on long past morning. After stories about pancakes and pajama-wearing superheroes, participants showed off their speed in a breakfast plate-making relay and their brains in a food word scramble (pictured left). By then they’d worked up an appetite, so they replenished their energy by sharing a delicious breakfast for dinner.
At Breakfast Through the Day, for students sixth grade and up, participants made colorful cereal-box notepads, pictured at right. (The rulers and clips are only temporary to help the binding dry correctly.) They also laughed like crazy during Pictionary and stumped each other during a Celebrity-esque guessing game about cereal mascots.
This week we are heating up our creative sides with art-themed programs and a special campfire event for kids sixth grade and up featuring a professional storyteller and s’mores!
The overwhelming majority of our group loved State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. So we began by hearing from the small group of dissenters, who said that this novel did not meet their high expectations for Patchett and they did not care about the book’s characters. We were able to agree that Patchett is a phenomenal writer, and that at times we almost could feel the jungle’s heat, bugs, rain and bark as described. One question kept resurfacing: will there be a sequel?
The discussion quickly moved from point to point because there were so many available topics.
- Some believed that Marina, the main character, adjusted well to changing circumstances. Others saw this as a weakness and a failure to assert herself (she went to Brazil when she didn’t want to and was weak in her relationship with Mr. Fox, for example).
- Science is a major thread throughout the book, and Dr. Swenson’s views of medical intervention were understandable–she did not have enough medicine to bring to the tribe. She did the best she could in deciding not to intervene except when necessary.
- We caught the symbolism of Easter’s name, especially given that he “rises again” for his birth family. We are undecided about whether he belongs with his original family or his found family.
- We loved the beautiful cover art and had fun brainstorming alternate titles like Fungus Among Us, Love That Bark, and Snakes Alive!
- Bel Canto and Truth and Beauty are other Ann Patchett titles we recommend.
We had so much to discuss! This book is very highly recommended for book clubs. Please pick up our August book, The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje, and join the discussion.
This summer has been so fun and flavorful that we just realized there are only three delicious weeks left!
During the next three weeks, we are hosting youth programs that focus on breakfast, art, and *mmmmm* pie. Make sure to register so that you don’t miss out on the fun.
For adults, our food drive is in full swing, and submitting just two summer reading bookmarks earns you a reusable bag.
Keep reading and checking in with us in order to earn an exclusive invitation to our end-of-summer party in early August!
For healthy eating tips, sample menus and more, check out choosemyplate.gov.
Last week we ran some delectable programs to keep our summer reading participants cool and energized.
On Tuesday we held our Shake, Shake, Shake! event, where kindergarten through fifth graders explored the link between music and food. They crafted small rattling percussion instruments, feasted on homemade milkshakes, and boogied to fun dances like the YMCA (pictured at right), the Cupid Shuffle, and the Chicken Dance.
At the Be Your Own Barista event on Thursday, teens turned our library into a hopping coffeehouse. They decorated personal journals, learned to make lattes, root beer floats or milkshakes, and sang their hearts out during karaoke. Katy Perry, Adele, and Carrie Underwood were popular picks that kept the party going.
Our next round of programs focuses on the most important meal of the day – breakfast! Please contact the Youth Services Department at 847-677-5277 x234 to register.
Did you know that an average of 3,000 individuals request food assistance from the Niles Township Food Pantry every month? Or that according to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, nearly 1 in 6 Cook County residents did not know where their next meal would come from in 2010? Some of these individuals live in Lincolnwood, and they need our help.
As part of our Reading Is So Delicious summer reading program, we hope to raise awareness of food insecurity and share some delicious and healthy food with those in need. We are collecting donations for the Niles Township Food Pantry until July 27.
- The Food Pantry suggests donating food items such as: canned fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, rice, pasta, juice, etc.
- Personal care items such as diapers, deodorant, toothpaste, and shampoo are also badly needed.
When you come to the library this summer, please drop nonperishable foods and personal care items into the big box in our lobby. Together, we can ensure that our neighbors and community members never go hungry.
As an extra incentive for our adult Summer Reading participants, patrons who turn in two or more Reading Is So Delicious bookmarks will be rewarded with a reusable bag.
Just fill out a bookmark recording your reading at any service desk and drop it into the raffle bin. We will keep track of your progress and notify you when you’ve won a reward. The adult raffle drawings will be held in early August.
We are proud to report that two weeks into the program, our adults have already recorded reading 6,721 pages!
If you need suggestions for what to read, sign up for our email book newsletter, Next Reads, or peruse our staff recommendations here.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is an emotional story about a troubled eighteen year old girl emancipated from the foster care system and her search for family and forgiveness. Most participants liked it, even though we criticized several key plot points as unrealistic or overly convenient. The novel’s major themes and images are the power of forgiveness and the inability to forgive, the importance of family, the destructive power of fire, and of course, flowers.
Rather than creating a realistic world through physical descriptions, Diffenbaugh chose to emphasize emotion and feeling. As the author’s first novel, it felt fluid and mostly successful. We discussed several subjects, including:
- Victoria, the main character; impulsive, intense, we didn’t like her – but did feel sorry for her.
- The language of flowers: using it today is like reading a fortune cookie, superstitious but fun. For Victoria, it offers her some way to communicate and is her emotional and financial salvation.
- Motherhood: if you’ve never had love, you’re not sure that you can give love.
- The foster care system today: none of our participants had direct experience with it, either as a child or a parent, but we are aware of its terrible inadequacies.
- The Camellia Network, Diffenbaugh’s nonprofit addressing the issues of emancipated foster care children, is worth checking out! Its name was derived from the novel’s Victorian-era language of flowers, where the camellia means my destiny is in your hands.
Our discussion hour flew by! This book is highly recommended for book clubs.
If you’d like to continue reading along with us, pick up our book for July, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.