Monday, November 28, 2011

Welcome to the Audio Visual Room

 …or as we lovingly call it, the AV Room.  It is the first room to the left when you enter the main Library, and is sometimes mistaken for a bank because of the signage right above the desk.  If you are looking for music, movies, audio books, and AV holds, this is the place!

There are over 12,000 CDs in our music collection, ranging from Blues to Classical, from Country to Rap/ Hip-Hop. The CDs are shelved according to the Call Number, either by genre or Dewey Decimal system, and within each of that they are arranged in alphabetical order by artist.  You may check out up to 10 CDs for 3 weeks.

As for movies, there are over 6,000 DVDs - feature films (arranged in alphabetical order by title) and documentaries (arranged by the Dewey Decimal System). Feature films have a loan period of 7 days for $1.00. This collection includes foreign language films, TV series, BBC films, black and white films, and even a few silent movies. Documentaries circulate for 21 days and are free of charge.  If you have a VCR player, there are still videotapes available.   

Audio Books, of which there are over 4,000 items, are available on CD, cassette, and Playaway formats. Playaways are preloaded cassette players that only require you to supply your own headset and one AAA battery. All of these materials can be checked out for 21 days, free of charge.

When a hold on one of the above mentioned materials becomes available for you, this is where you will find it, shelved under your last name.

And last but not least, the AV room has it’s very own check out counter, right across from the desk.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Download some Holiday Cheer!

Maybe you are hoping to unwrap an e-reader this holiday season, give one with some titles already loaded, or maybe you already have one and want to curl up with a good holiday title. Here are a few to consider in no particular order. Happy Holidays! (You will need your Glenview Public Library card number to check these ebooks out)

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
A hilarious account of fifth grader Felix Funicello in the months leading up to Christmas 1964. Set in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut.

Christmas in Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber
It's Christmas in Cedar Cove, setting for some of the most beloved stories by "New York Times"-bestselling author Macomber. This volume presents her classic holiday tale "A Cedar Cove Christmas," along with the bonus story 5-B Poppy Lane.

The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
Theodora has finally gotten her family together in South Carolina to celebrate Christmas, but the holiday looks nothing like the extravagant, homey holidays of her childhood. Luckily for her, a special someone who heard her plea for help arrives.

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
On a train ride to Los Angeles, cash-strapped journalist Tom Langdon encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone's Christmas plans.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Fern Michaels
Four classic holiday tales from beloved, "New York Times"-bestselling author Michaels are gathered together for this unforgettable collection. Includes Comfort and Joy, The Christmas Stocking, A Bright Red Ribbon, and Merry, Merry.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Audiobooks at the Glenview Public Library

Be sure to check out the following new audiobooks that have recently become available at the Glenview Public Library. You can reserve these titles through our online catalog by clicking on the titles below or by calling the Audiovisual Desk at 847-729-7500 ext. 2602

Zero Day by David Baldacci
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw
Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

34th Kennedy Center Honors

"This year, the Kennedy Center celebrates its 40th anniversary by selecting five extraordinary individuals whose collective artistry has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chariman David M. Rubenstein.

The annual Honors Gala will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 and will be broadcasted on CBS on December 27 at 8:00 CST. Honored this year are Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins and Meryl Streep.

Barbara Cook - Singer; born October 25, 1927, in Atlanta, Georgia
Cook began her singing and acting career in New York in 1950, when she was recommended for a summer camp show in the Poconos. In 1951 she had her Broadway debut, as Sandy in Sammy Fain and E.Y. "Yip" Harbur's musical Flahooley.

From there, she played such roles as Ado Annie - Oklahoma!, Carrie - Carousel, Babes in Toyland, Bloomer Girl and Plain and Fancy in 1955. She was also cast as Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Laster she won a Tony Award as featured actress in a musical for her role as Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's 1957 The Music Man.

Cook has performed at Carnegie Hall in 1975, followed by performances at the Kennedy Center to San Francisco's Davies Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, Venice's La Fenice, Barcelona's Gran Teare de Liceu, and the Sydney Opera House.

Neil Diamond - Sing and songwriter; born January 24, 1941, in New York, NY
Neil Diamond is an accomplished pop sonwriter in our era. He has written songs that encompass rock, folk and blues to country, Tin Pan Alley and top 40 pop.

He wrote his first song, "Hear Them Bells" when he was 16. In 1966 he produced his first three singles: "Solitary Man," "Herry Cherry," and "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No. No). In 1970 he wrote his first Number One hit "Cracklin' Rosie."

Diamond was named into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1984 and inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011. Paul Simon said of Diamond that "He was known as the Jewish Elvis Presley. In fact, in many synagogues across the country Elvis was considered a bogus Neil Daimond.

Yo-Yo Ma - Cellist, born October 7, 1955, in Paris, France
Ma first studied cello with his father. At the age of seven he played for Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. He made his American television debut at eight with Leonard Bernstein and studied with Leonard Rose at the Julliard School.

He records exclusively with Sony Records and has expanded his repertory beyond the classical to music of Appalachia as well as Brazil, China, and India.

In 1998, Ma founded the Silk Road Project and has established partnerships from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The Silk Road Ensemble have performed at workshops at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall.

"A good musician," Ma once said, "is someone who says: 'How can I contribute?'"

Sonny Rollins - Saxophonist, composer; born September 7, 1930, in Harlem, NY
Branford Marsalis has called him "the greatest improviser in the history of jazz" after Louis Armstrong. His playing, according to the New York Times, is "among the most satisfying experiences one can derive from listening to jazz."

Robbins discovered Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong as a teen. First playing alto sax, later switching to tenor. He was inspired by Louis Jordan, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Park and Thelonious Monk, who became his mentor.

He made his first major recording in 1953: Sonny Rollins and the Modern Jazz Quartet, which is a jazz classic. Other recordings were St. Thomas, Blue 7, Freedom Suite and The Bridge in 1962. Rollins has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Arts.

Meryl Streep - Actress, born June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey
Streep has made more than 45 movies and has received 16 Academy Award nominations, winning two, and 25 Golden Globe nominations, winning seven. She has more nominations than any other actor in the history of either award. She has earned two Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film cirtics Circle Awards, five Grammy Award nominations, A BAFTA awards, an an Australian Film Institute Award. In 2004, she was awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

Streep was first interested in opera, but decided to study theater instead, graduating from Vassar College in 1971. She later earned an M.F.A. from the Yalae School of Drama in 1975.

In 1978 blossom with her role in The Deer Hunter. She won her first Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Joanna Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer. She has been the drriving force for some of biggest world-wide hits of the past few years: The Devil Wars Prada, Mamma Mia!, Julie and Julia, and It's Complicated.

"She is a great actress, probably the best of her generation, and has given one wonderful performance after another," says the film critic Rogert Ebert. Director Alan J. Pakula said, "If there's a heaven for directors, it would be to direct Meryl Streep your whole life."

Come to the Audiovisual room at the library and check out the display on these honorees in December.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Forthcoming Fiction for December

Here are some titles coming out this December. You can reserve these by going to our Online Catalog, Bibliocommons, or by calling the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7600!

Vigilant by Stephen J. Cannell
Locked On by Tom Clancy
Death Benefit by Robin Cook
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Threadbare by Monica Ferris
Covert Warriors by W.E.B. Griffin
Ran Away: a Benjamin January novel by Barbara Hambly
Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
A Bespoke Murder by Edward Marston
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall-Smith
Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier
Four Play at Foul by Ann Purser
Sleepwalker by Karen Robards
Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove
D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Glenviewings Friday: Incendies

Please join us Friday for a screening of the film Incendies. Directed by Denis Villenueve and based on the 2003 drama Scorched by playwright Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies was nominated for a 2010 Best Foreign Language Academy Award and received widespread critical acclaim. A tradedy of Greek proportions unfolds as a set of twins travel to their deceased mother's ancestral homeland and unravel the atrocities of her past. Please join us in the Community at 2:00 or 6:30, just drop in.

Friday, November 11, 2011

National Book Awards, 2011

The first annual National Book Awards, given to writers by writers, were presented in March of 1950. Since then, such writers as William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Flannery O’Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Walker, John Updike, and Bernard Malamud have been recognized by their peers. More recent winners include Julia Glass, Richard Powers and Jonathan Franzen.

This year’s National Book Award Finalists were announced on Oct. 12, 2011 on Oregon Public Radio.
Of the 315 submitted fiction titles, the following were chosen as finalists:   

The Sojourn - Andrew Krivak

The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht

Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka

Binocular Vision - Edith Pearlman

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

Which book will claim the honor for 2011? You can find out on November 16th by going to The National Book's website at 7 p.m. to watch John Lithgow host the announcement event. No matter who wins, we are left with a list of five outstanding books, all of which can be checked out at Glenview Public Library.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

,As veteran’s day approaches, it seems a fitting time to feature Siobhan Fallon’s recent book, You Know When the Men Are Gone. Fallon’s well-written, moving stories are eye-opening for most of us who have little connection to the modern military.
The main setting of Fallon’s loosely interconnected short story collection is the large military base at Ft. Hood, Texas. Through the stories the reader experiences the incredible burdens that a year-long deployment to a war zone places on a family. When the men are gone, a military base abruptly changes. Domestic responsibilities that have been shared suddenly become the wife’s sole responsibility. Military wives raise children alone. They handle home repairs and finances independently. They deal with serious health problems by themselves. Fallon integrates these and other seemingly routine situations smoothly into her stories.
Military wives endure the ever-present fear over the safety of their spouses. Compounding these fears, Fallon’s stories also expose anxieties about infidelity. Will a spouse become enamored with a female soldier while he is away? Will he return home with an exotic woman from a distant country?  There is uneasiness on both sides of a marriage. Soldiers worry that their left-behind wives will find someone else to fill their absence.
While many of us have observed scenes of joyous reunions when soldiers return to their families after long deployments, Fallon’s stories reveal the tensions beyond those reunions. After a year abroad a soldier may feel more connected to his fellow soldiers than his family. He may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome or struggle to heal from a physical injury. A soldier and his family must try readjust to an integrated domestic scene. These stories show how extremely difficult these readjustments can be…and they are not always successful.
Siobhan Fallon has written You Know When the Men Are Gone from the unique perspective of a military wife, making the stories in the book feel particularly honest and powerful. She lived at Fort Hood during the two tours of duty her husband spent in Iraq and her experiences as a military wife helped to inspire this book. Fallon currently lives in Amman, Jordan, where her husband is now stationed.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Spotlight on Stephen King

Stephen King is a master of the horror genre- his intensely scary stories and believable but quirky characters have made him a bestselling author for the last 25 years. King published his first novel, Carrie, in 1974 and has gone on to publish at least one book a year since. Stephen King made publishing history in 1981 when he had three novels on the best-seller list at the same time; and again in 1985 when he broke that record. As of 2011 he has published: 49 novels, 7 under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, 6 nonfiction books, 10 short story collections plus novellas, screenplays, poetry, and essays. He has been nominated for and has won numerous literary awards including the Bram Stoker, Hugo, Locus, and Nebula awards and in 2003 he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. His latest novel, 11/22/63, is due out in November, 2011.

Full Dark, No Stars: In four previously unpublished short works, a man explores his dark nature, a writer confronts a stranger, a cancer patient makes a deal with the devil, and a woman makes a horrifying discovery about her husband.

Carrie: A repressed teenager uses her telekinetic powers to avenge the cruel jokes of her classmates.

Colorado Kid: A rookie newspaperwoman learns the true meaning of mystery when she investigates a twenty-five-year-old unsolved and very strange case involving a dead man found on an island off the coast of Maine.

Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season: A chronicle of the Boston Red Sox' 2004 baseball season features a running diary of observations, arguments, play analyses, and controversial management decisions, as recorded by a pair of best-selling horror writers and diehard Red Sox fans.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Planning a Handmade Holiday?

Now that November is here, it's really time to get ready for the winter holidays. If you are hoping to do less shopping and more crafting, here are some suggested titles for inspiration that are available at the Glenview Public Library.

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-round Celebrations - Make the holidays more festive with these projects for cards, decorations, and gifts from master crafter Martha Stewart.

Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids: Gifts, Sweets, and Treats for the Whole Family! by Jessica Strand - Get the whole family together for some holiday fun to make handmade gifts.

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit + Crochet by Mags Kandis - Over 30 projects to make and give including wearable accessories and home decor.

Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style by Dinah Corley - Corley presents simple and sophisticated recipes for jams, nuts, patés, and other items that bring together the culinary and the creative for inspired gifts.

The Best of Papercrafts Magazine - From handmade cards and food wraps to home décor and gift bags, this book is your one-stop source for projects of all kinds.