Friday, September 21, 2018

Glenview Reads Together: Book Discussion Schedule

Join the Glenview Public Library in its new community-wide reading program. During the next five weeks, engage with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, Library staff and others by reading the same novel The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, then come together for special book discussions and programs.

Adult and Teen Book Discussions Just Drop in
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Reader Services Desk

Saturday, September 22, 10-11 AM
Heinen's Grocery Store, 1020 Waukegan Road

Monday, September 24, 7-8 PM
Glenview Library, Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, September 26, 1-2 PM
The East Wing Glenview Senior Center,
2400 Chestnut Ave.

Friday, September 28, 5-6 PM
Glenview Public Library, Multipurpose Room
Teen Discussion

Saturday, September 29, 10-11:15 AM
Glenview Public Library, Youth Program Room
No Pressure New Parents Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, October 3, 1-2 PM
Glenview Public Library, Multipurpose Room

Monday, October 8, 7-8 PM
Glenview Library, Multipurpose Room
Discussion in Spanish

Thursday, October 18, 7-8 PM
Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Opera Lectures - 2018

It's that time of year when we celebrate operatic music performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Our lectures are led by the Opera Lovers Lecture Corps.  Lectures are in the Multipurpose Room on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm.

September 20 - La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini
Puccini's tale introduces us to young artists struggling to make ends meet in Paris's Latin Quarter.  Musetta drives her painter beau Marcello crazy with jealousy.  Frail Mimi and her poet Rodolf finally find love, but she dies tragically in the end.

October 4 - Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Shipwrecked, he gets safely to shore only after promising Neptune to sacrifice the first person he sees - but it's his son, Idamante.  As Idomeneo agonizes over the catastrophe facing him, Idamante woos one princess, the lovely Ilia, and is madly pursued by another, the jealous Elettra.

October 18 - Siegfried by Richard Wagner

The hero of the first part of the Nibelungenlied.  A prince of the Netherlands, Siegfried obtains a hoard of treasure by killing the dragon Fafner.  He marries Kriemhild, and helps Gunther to win Brunhilde before being killed by Hagen.

November 1 - Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi

The troubadour Manrico and Count di Luna are bitter enemies who are both in love with Leonora: however, they do not know that they are brothers.  The story includes babies switched at birth, kidnapping, mistaken identity, poisoning, civil strife, witches burned at the stake, and a noblewoman who offers herself to a man she hates, to save the man she loves.

November 15 - Cendrillon by Jules Massenet
The story broadly follows the familiar version from pantomime.  The only significant change is a vision scene under the magic of the Fairy Godmother in which Cinderella runs away after the ball and meets Prince Charming in a magic forest.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fairy Tales Re-imagined

One of my favorite fantasy reads in fairy written again with a new spin to the tales that I read when I was younger.  I remember pouring over a large volume of classic fairy tales that I had gotten from my parents.  The love of tales such as these has carried over into my adult reading choices.  It's interesting to see what take a different author takes on a tale, sometimes even writing from the perspective of a character who might not have been a sympathetic or prominent character in the original.  Here are a few books that have taken a new spin on some classic tales that you might recognize from your youth.

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother - Danielle Teller
We all know the story of Cinderella... or do we? Her stepmother, Agnes, has privately recorded the true story. A peasant born into serfdom, forced into servitude as a laundress's apprentice when she is only ten years old, Agnes was seduced by an older man while a teenager and became pregnant. She had no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind, where her new position is nursemaid to Ella. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
"A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale...Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices--each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love--into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again."

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden 
A beautiful re-imaging of a Russian fairy tale.  "In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay"

The Marry Spinster: Tale of Everyday Horrors - Mallory Ortberg
A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic folk and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

To All the Boys I've Ever Loved Before...Some books to Soothe

Looking for something similar to read to Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before? Looking to quench your thirst after watching the movie? Check these titles out, all in our Teen Scene!

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You
by Lily AndersonBook Jacket

After years of competing against each other, Trixie and Ben form a fandom-based tentative friendship when their best friends start dating each other, but after Trixie's friend gets expelled for cheating they have to choose which side they are on.

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandyha Menon

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

Everything Leads to You
by Nina LaCour

While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads Emi to Ava who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Emergency Contact
by Mary H.K. Choi

After a chance encounter, Penny and Sam become each other's emergency contacts and find themselves falling in love digitally, without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.