Saturday, December 29, 2012
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Deuce gets her name when she is declared Huntress and protector of College, the enclave where the survivors of "the second holocaust" dwell. They live in abandoned subway tunnels, never venturing Topside; the stories of aboveground dangers are enough to keep everyone below. Deuce and her partner, the enigmatic Fade, bring news of the destruction of enclave Nassau by the mutant cannibal Freaks and are banished Topside for their trouble.
The Death Cure by James Dashner
In this final book in the series, Thomas and his friends learn that the World in Catastrophe, Killzone Experiment Department (WICKED) wants to devise a blueprint for a cure for the lethal Flare disease by analyzing their brain patterns. Although Thomas knows that he was partially responsible for the creation of the Maze, a brutal experiment that forces its subject to undergo trials and tribulations, he no longer thinks the end justifies the means—even if the goal is to save mankind.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
In the near future, genetic engineering has given a single generation freedom from all physical ills and a long life, but something claims the lives of successive generations as women reach 20 and men reach 25. Many of the first generation and their offspring are fabulously wealthy, but the rest of the population struggles for a living. Rhine Ellery is 16 when she is kidnapped from Manhattan and selected as a bride for Linden Ashby, along with 18-year-old Jenna and 13-year-old Cecily.
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
In Kagawa's postapocalyptic dystopia, vampires reign. Allison Sekemoto, 17, and her unregistered gang live in the shabby Fringe of New Covington while vampires rule the Inner City with their human pets, drinking blood donated by their Registered subjects. Unregistered humans roam without meal tickets or the Prince's protection, prone to arbitrary violence and starvation. In an act of desperation, Allie and her friends venture into the rabid-infested ruins surrounding the city in search of ancient, abandoned food hoards.
Delirium by Oliver Lauren
In this gripping dystopian novel set in a future Portland, ME, everyone is safe, unhappiness can be cured, and the freedoms we take for granted have been relinquished in the name of "security" and "the common good." There is no risk and no pain, or at least there won't be for 17-year-old Lena Haloway and her outspoken friend, Hana, once they turn 18. Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, the population is divided into five factions—Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite, and Amity—each of which believes its opposite is the root of human evil. Sixteen-year-olds are tested for aptitude and must choose whether to remain in their birth faction or select another. They are aided in this selection by a simulation in which their decisions indicate which faction best suits them. Occasionally, though, the simulation indicates multiple choices. These individuals, known as Divergents, are perceived as threats by leaders who want members to behave and think in specific ways. Fans of Collins, dystopias, and strong female characters will love this novel.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
So go ahead and check these movies/ books out from the Library, enjoy them all in the comfort of your home and hopefully feel better!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Frangipani by Celestine Hitiura Vaite
The White Mary by Kira Salak
War reporter Marika Vecera learns that her long-time hero, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Lewis, has committed suicide and sets out to write his biography, only to hear rumors that he may still be alive in Papua New Guinea.
(Papua New Guinea)
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
James Taylor at Christmas
Christmas in the Sand by Colbie Caillat
A Very Merry Perri Christmas by Christina Perri
Joy by Jewel
Glee the Music, The Christmas Album Music
Cheers, It's Christmas by Blake Shelton
Cee Lo's Magic Moment
Merry Christmas II You by Mariah Carey
Merry Christmas, Baby by Rod Stewart
Under the Mistletoe by Justin Bieber
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. When a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
I am not alone among those who are fans of this wonderful book. Below are just of few of the many accolades this book has received.
A blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical, and funny. Green shows us true love…and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.” -New York Times Book Review
“A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy…it will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens.” -USA Today
“Green writes books for young adults, but his voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. The Fault in Our Stars proves that the hype surrounding Green is not overblown.” -NPR
Monday, December 3, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
This fairly recent movie follows a nonchalant couple as they must spend the holidays with their families. The quirks of each of the four sets of parents and the mishaps at each of their homes are hilarious. This Christmas comedy is perfect for any adult who faces the holidays with a certain amount of dread.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
A Christmas Story
Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the '40's, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good 'ol Santa Claus himself.
Will Ferrell as Buddy makes this movie a must-see at the holidays. Stashed with Santa from an early age, Buddy travels to New York to find his real father. The mere idea of a happy Elf in New York is funny enough, but Ferrell's acting brings an extra set of laughs.
An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
The Family Man
A comedy movie with a heart wrenching touch, in this film Nicholas Cage learns what his life would have been like if he'd made a different decision years ago. The story of a man trying to fit into a world with children is one hilarious plot.
Christmas With the Kranks
Luther Krank is fed up with the commerciality of Christmas; he decides to skip the holiday and go on a vacation with his wife instead. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together a holiday celebration. It is based on the novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.
Deck the Halls
This holiday comedy is centered around two neighbors in a small New England town who go to war when one of them decides to decorate his house with a so many Christmas lights that they are visible from space. The neighborhood is turned upside down as the families try to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Drew Latham is an executive leading an empty, shallow life with only wealth on his side. Facing another lonely Christmas ahead, Drew wants to revisit his old childhood home and possibly relive some old holiday memories. But when he arrives, he finds that the house in which he was raised is no longer the home in which he grew up. Inhabited by another family, Drew offers a nice financial reward that has the family ringing. But is Drew's generous cash offer only the beginning of an annoying visitor who's a little too overeager to celebrate Christmas?
Modern version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Bill Murray portraying a nasty, uncaring, unforgiving TV network president. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts who show him the error of his ways.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Historian Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals to become president.
Anna Karenina based on the book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A classic nineteenth-century Russian novel in which a young woman is destroyed when she attempts to live outside the moral law of her society.
Les Miserables based on the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Story of Valjean, the ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor, and the fanatical police inspector who dedicates his life to recapturing Valjean.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Many characters live out their lives from 1850 to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii and eventually their disparate lives intertwine.
The Hobbit: an unexpected journey based on the book The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
Life of Pi based on the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road is a thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac's real life friends, lover, and fellow travelers.
The Silver Linings Playbook based on the book The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
This brilliantly written debut novel is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The round house
The plague of doves
People of the whale
N. Scott Momaday
House made of dawn
The ancient child
The Grass Dancer
The heartsong of Charging Elk
Martin Cruz Smith
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Dinner Party by Howard Fast.
Ordinary events evolve into an intricate interplay of power and passion, idealism and ambition, when a prominent senator and his wife, their two college-age children, the wife's parents, and two key administration officials and their wives gather for dinner.
Dolce Agonia by Nancy Huston.
On a snowy Thanksgiving evening in a small college town, poet Sean Farrell hosts a dinner party and through each guest discovers something profound about his life.
The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan.
An unemployed Chinese factory worker, Dan Dong masquerades as a journalist in order to gain invitations to free state-sponsored, gourmet banquets, but, in his guise, he is drawn into the middle of a conspiracy and scandal that leads from the depths of society to the highest levels of Chinese government.
Entertaining Disasters by Nancy Spiller.
An unnamed freelance writer for the LA glossy Food Writer undergoes a panic-stricken week before she must host the exclusive dinner party that she has actually invented in her columns.
There But For The by Ali Smith.
When Miles Garth locks himself in an upstairs room during a dinner party and communicates only through notes slipped under the door, his involuntary hosts beg help from childhood friend Anna, who is unwittingly thrust into the family's surreal world.
Symposium by Muriel Spark.
As the guests assemble at American painter Hurley Reed's London dinner party, they wonder about the lateness of Hilda Damien, who at the moment is being murdered. By the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Monday, November 19, 2012
If all the togetherness and shopping frenzy leaves you out of sorts this week, try to relax, hang out (or maybe just hide!) with a Thanksgiving themed mystery. And watch out for that extra piece of pumpkin pie.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Such a joy to see the little ones holding their father's hand on their way to Storytime, and then leave clutching books as if they were prizes won. Mothers helping their mothers look for audio books or Large Type books. Teens learning how to make things or how to cook or to volunteer their time.
There are public computers and meeting rooms that can be used; ongoing workshops on how to download eBooks; movies to watch on the 3rd Friday of the month and monthly book discussions.
In November, come to the Library to listen to various lectures given by a docent from the Lyric Opera of Chicago or to be entertained as you listen to sound clips from some of radio's best known mystery and horror programs.
The Glenview Library has become the place to be in...it truly is a place that educates, enriches, inspires and entertains....from the youngest to the oldest.
Monday, November 5, 2012
On Saturday, December 1st, join us for the first-ever Craft Bonanza! Enjoy working on craft projects at the Library over the past year? Ever wonder what happened to some of the extra materials? They will be on hand for you and your friends to make new and exciting gifts for the holiday season on this date only! From 2-4PM, drop by the Youth Services Program Room to see what kinds of treasures have been left behind for your own personal creation. Idea sheets will be on hand to give you some help, and YouTube videos of different demonstrations will be playing in the background. Come solo or bring a group for a fun afternoon of craft-making while sipping hot chocolate, listening to holiday music, and enjoying some light refreshments.
Want to focus your creative juices on chocolate? Don't miss out on our Chocolate Dipped Creations program on Saturday, December 8th from 12-1PM. Kelli McDonald, Foods Teacher at GBS, will be on hand to assist teens who will have a chance to dip oreos, rice crispy treats, and other tasty treats in melted chocolate. Makes a cute gift, or something special for yourself. All chocolate, sprinkles, bags and treats will be provided.
Both programs are open to teens ages 13-18 years old. Registration for Chocolate Dipped Creations can be done by calling 847-729-7500, or going to the Library's website and click on Calendar and Events. No registration required for Craft Bonanza.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Please join us this Saturday, November 3rd in the Community Room for our first (annual?) eReader Technology Fair. Are you trying to decide which eReader is best for you? Do you already have an eReader and you'd like to learn more about the Library's downloadable services? Just drop in Saturday from 10:00 - 2:00 and talk to Glenview Library Staff, Abt Electronics (Glenview) and Barnes & Noble (Old Orchard) for an opportunity to learn about the latest in eReaders and other mobile devices. Find out more about the Library's MyMediaMall service and view demonstrations on downloading eBooks to a Barnes & Noble Nook, an Amazon Kindle, an iPad and other tablets and mobile devices.
It's a perfect time to learn more about eReader's and other devices that are sure to be popular holiday items. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Pigs In Heaven
Cerdos en el cielo
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao
The House On Mango Street
La casa en Mango Street
Daughter Of Fortune
Hija de la fortuna
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Las cinco personas que encontrarás en el cielo
Carlos Ruíz Zafón
The Shadow of the Wind
La sombra del viento