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Volume 27, No. 5
Reading Takes You Everywhere: Summer Reading 2018 is right around the corner. Plan your summer by signing up in May at the library branch you use most often. Reporting your reading to earn your rewards begins June 3 and continues through July 21. Summer Reading is for all ages and families have a great time reading together and earning weekly prizes as well as the opportunity to attend a fabulous party at Peoria Riverfront Museum.
This year’s theme is all about the mythical places books take us and the magical creatures we meet. Encounter fairies, griffons, mermaids, dragons, unicorns and the magical lands they live in at the library and in the books you read.
The U.S. Department of Education encourages daily reading by all students over the summer break to prevent “summer slide.” Having parents and other role models read sets the tone for students to not only do better when they return to school in the fall, but develops skills and habits that will help them succeed over their lifetime.
The U.S. Department of Education suggests parents offer incentives to young students to get them to read daily over the summer and says that one great encouragement is to let them choose the books they want to read.
Peoria Public Library helps families meet both these needs by offering Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading. Not only will every summer reader receive a prize each week when they report their reading, but by reading six of seven weeks will earn a pass to the Summer Reading Party on Tuesday, July 24. In addition, readers of all ages have access to an enormous collection of books and even downloadable books. Tools found on the website at “What to Read Next” or by asking library staff can help anyone find books that will interest them if browsing the shelves is not producing what you want.
All it takes to be a Summer Reader is to stop in at your favorite branch and sign your Summer Reading contract. Then each week from June 3 through July 21, stop back and report that you read for three hours that week. You will get a prize and after six weeks will have earned your Summer Reading Party Pass. Going on vacation? Never fear, you can still claim your reading while out of town, just ask at the desk where you sign up.
The Summer Reading Party will be on Tuesday, July 24 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. See a Planetarium show and a movie on the Giant Screen Theater. Enjoy the entertainment and see the fascinating new “Mythic Creatures” exhibit – it is all included with your Party Pass. Then finish the night when Grand Prize winners are announced!
Come in and sign up during May and be ready for Reading Takes You Everywhere!
Thanks to sponsorship from the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Visionary Society, Peoria Public Library cardholders can now borrow a pass to the Peoria Riverfront Museum!
Each branch of Peoria Public Library has one pass which is available to be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis to patrons with a valid Peoria Public Library library card. The pass can be used on the day of checkout or the following day. The pass includes general admission to all exhibits, galleries, and daytime planetarium shows for two adults and their children or grandchildren. The pass covers admission to the galleries and planetarium. Additional charges for special exhibits or giant screen theater shows may apply. Children and grandchildren must be under age 18.
Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or over the phone. Passes must be checked out in person at the Information Desk at any of our locations. Please visit Peoria Public Library to find out current pass availability. Library staff will be able to check if it is available and also check out the pass.
Please note that passes are non-transferable. Borrowing patrons will be asked for photo identification and their library card to gain admission to the museum.
The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced that Peoria Public Library is the winner of The Singer Group Helping Communities Come Together Award. This award recognizes a public library’s ability to identify community needs specifically in times of crisis and division, and respond in creative and exemplary ways. “The inaugural winner of this $1,000 award is the Peoria Public Library for its courageous and creative response to the opioid crisis,” said the American Library Association. The award letter went on to say, “On behalf of the award juries, PLA President 2017-2018 Pam Sandlian Smith, and the PLA Board of Directors, congratulations again and thank you for sharing your important work with PLA and its members.”
Criteria for the award was a public library’s ability to identify community needs specifically in times of crisis and division, and respond in creative and exemplary ways. Challenges may be community specific, or the result of national events that strain communities.
Peoria Public Library was invited by Mayor Jim Ardis in 2016 to assist in combating a new epidemic of opiate abuse. Steps included encouraging Peorians to read the book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and coordinate a visit by author Sam Quinones. Subsequently, the library worked with Peoria Notre Dame High School and presented a set of the books and arranged a visit with Dr. Mike Cruz, President of OSF St. Francis Medical Center and an emergency room physician, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and State Attorney Jerry Brady for two discussions with students about the epidemic.
After receiving funding from Illinois Humanities, Peoria Public Library presented a series of four community discussions in November and December 2016 on the heroin and opiate epidemic, which resulted in an article in InterBusiness Issues Magazine by Mike Kennedy of the Human Service Center in February 2017. At the same time the Bradley University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute held a six-week study program on Peoria’s Opiate Crisis.
Working with a local nurse educator, the library trained 25 library staff members to recognize overdose and administer Narcan. Pekin and Chillicothe Libraries learned of the efforts and offered various trainings to staff and public sessions. Later Peoria Public Library staff shared information with libraries across the state at the Illinois Library Association Conference.
By creating a web page, the Peoria Public Library was able to collect a variety of highly useful information for the public and make it available to anyone with internet access. Then, Roberta Koscielski, Deputy Director had the opportunity to provide information to the Illinois Governor’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force, led by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, as the State of Illinos Opiod Action Plan was being formed.
There is a great new app to download to phones and tablets for use with books borrowed from Peoria Public Library through the Alliance Digital Media/Overdrive Collection. Libby is designed to be easy and quick and from your first sign in you will be reading or listening with just a few taps.
The app can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or Microsoft for your Windows 10 computer. Then Libby quickly guides you through finding your library and entering your library card. You are then able to download your item or stream it to save room on your device. All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single “shelf.” You can also use the Activity tab to keep track of your reading activity. If you would rather read on your Kindle, Libby can send your library book there for you.
If you read on multiple devices, Libby will keep track of your bookmarks, notes and positions on all of them for seamless reading and listening. Once you get set up, you will be reading quickly and easily with one tap, wherever you are and whatever device you are using.
If you are traveling, use Libby from wherever you are. If you happen to reside somewhere else for part of the year and have a card from another library, you can enter both your Peoria Public Library card and your vacation or business home location library in the same app on your devices. No need to switch when you reside away from Peoria.
If you need help installing or using Libby, ask at the Information Desk at any location. Read with one tap with Libby!
Thank you to the Peoria Chinese Association for their donation of 121 new Chinese language items that have been added to the North Branch collection and are now available for checkout. The collection of all Chinese text items include Juvenile, young adult and adult fiction and non-fiction; traditional Chinese folktales and China’s history as well as modern works on psychology and science. All books are exclusively in Chinese with no English. Patrons can find them in our online database by searching for general keywords or subject “Chinese language materials.”
Those with an interest in learning Chinese will find lessons in both Cantonese and Mandarin in the Mango Language program under the Research tab at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
By Amber Lowery
Having sisters who are wedding photographers means I find myself thinking about marriages quite often. It’s also in my nature, as a genealogist, to think about marriages, current and historical. I imagine my ancestors married for a number of reasons; arranged, wealth, desperation, social status, and love. One marriage was actually a case of revenge and spite! But that is a story for another time.
When doing family research, seeking out marriage records is key for getting that one next step back in our history. Historically, brides have changed their last name upon getting married. Sometimes the journey to discover who her parents were is fraught with misinformation, misunderstanding, and misidentification. We can look to obituaries sometimes for clues to a name, but the further we go back, the less likely they are to report a woman’s history, unless her parents were well-known or connected to society. So we have to look to the marriage records to see what information we can extract on the women in these documents.
Some states and counties provide a wealth of family information for researchers, including the maiden names of the mothers of the parties who married. Others only required a name and that person’s word that they were who they claimed to be. Then there are the cases where records have been lost or destroyed over the years due to one natural disaster or another.
Now, if you have some known German ancestors, you may be in luck. Using Ancestry Library Edition at the Peoria Public Library, you might find ancestors who you can trace through the German birth and marriage records available. Irish baptismal records found in Ancestry Library Edition can also help you trace your elusive female ancestors. That is not to say that if you have families that came from other countries that you will not be able to find records. Tomorrow may be the day you discover Canadian, Slovakian, Hungarian, English, Swedish, Mexican, or a number of other records that will take you further back in your research.
Remember next time you attend a family wedding, to ask the relatives you rarely see for what they know about the marriages in your own family. A new hint and library resources can take you far!
By Robin Helenthal
Love and Ruin: A Novel is the latest historical fiction story by author Paula McLain. Martha Gellhorn, is a determined young woman looking for adventure when she travels to Madrid as a journalist in 1937 to cover the Spanish Civil War. As she is proving herself to be a worthy member of the press, she meets and falls in love with the author Ernest Hemingway. As World War II is about to begin, both their careers take off, Hemingway publishes his book, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Gellhorn is becoming known as a great war correspondent. Gellhorn has a tough decision to make. Will she give up her career to become a famous man’s wife or will she take the chance of losing Hemingway as she continues to move forward as writer herself and break both of their hearts?
The Favorite Sister is a new thriller by Jessica Knoll. Five women agree to appear on the reality series, Goal Diggers, two of the women are sisters and only one will make it out alive. Brett is the fan favorite, she is 27, tattooed, owns her own spin studio and just got engaged to her girlfriend. Her older sister Kelly is her business partner and the most recent recruit for the show and has been described as a hanger-on. Stephanie is the first black cast member and also the oldest of the five women. She is a well known author of bestselling erotic novels whose is married to an out of work actor-husband with a roving eye. She and Brett used to be best friends but a rift has developed and that is the focus of the show this season. The show ends with a murder, but who did it and why?
How to Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center begins with Margaret Jacobsen starting her future with a new dream job, a fiancé and what looks to be a picture perfect life. Then in an instant it all comes crashing down. She is now in the hospital, with a guilty fiancé who expects to be forgiven, a sister Kit who shows up after being away for three years and a tough-as-nails physical therapist named Ian, who will not let her wallow in pity. Will Margaret be able to find joy and happiness in the least likely place she ever thought she would find herself?
The Bibliophiles Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch to discuss The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger. The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come. Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...
The Biography and Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. at North Branch to discuss Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H.Frank. How important is luck in economic success? No question more reliably divides conservatives from liberals. As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hardworking. But liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance plays a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people imagine. In Success and Luck, bestselling author Robert Frank explores the surprising implications of those findings to show why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in success and why that hurts everyone, even the wealthy.
The Book ‘Em Mystery Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Branch to discuss One Step Behind by Henning Mankell. On Midsummer’s Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in eighteenth-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander’s most trusted colleagues–someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime–also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can’t begin to imagine how. Reeling from his own father’s death and facing his own deteriorating health, Wallander tracks the lethal progress of the killer. Locked in a desperate effort to catch him before he strikes again, Wallander always seems to be just one step behind.
The Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club will meet on Monday, June 11 at Lakeview Branch at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis. For Josette Dupre, the Corps’ first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. Bernat’s own secret assignment is to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision. So when the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself?
The YA Book Club for Adults will meet on Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch to discuss Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. Cameron’s cosplay--dressing like a fictional character--is finally starting to earn her attention--attention she hopes to use to get into the CalTech costume department for college. But when she wins a major competition, she inadvertently sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans. When Cameron’s family moves the summer before her senior year, she hopes to complete her costume portfolio in peace and quiet away from the abuse. Unfortunately, the only comic shop in town--her main destination for character reference--is staffed by a dudebro owner who challenges every woman who comes into the shop. At her twin brother’s suggestion, Cameron borrows a set of his clothes and uses her costuming expertise to waltz into the shop as Boy Cameron, where she’s shocked at how easily she’s accepted into the nerd inner sanctum. Soon, Cameron finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign alongside the jerky shop-owner Brody, friendly (almost flirtatiously so) clerk Wyatt, handsome Lincoln, and her bro Cooper, dragged along for good measure. But as her “secret identity” gets more and more entrenched, Cameron’s portfolio falls by the wayside--and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.
The Read on Book Club will not meet in June.
The Sherlock Holmes Story Society will meet at North Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at North Branch to discuss “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual.” Holmes recounts to Watson the events arising after a visit from a university acquaintance, Reginald Musgrave. Musgrave visits Holmes after the disappearance of two of his domestic staff, Rachel Howells, a maid, and Richard Brunton, the longtime butler. The pair vanished after Musgrave had dismissed Brunton for secretly reading a family document, the Musgrave Ritual. The Ritual, which dates from the 17th century, is a riddle . Brunton disappeared, leaving behind most of his belongings. His bed had not been slept in. No sign could be found of him. The maid, Rachel Howells, who was Brunton’s former lover, had a hysterical fit when asked about Brunton’s whereabouts, repeating over and over that he was gone. The hysterical Rachel Howells also disappears and is never heard from again. Holmes looked upon the case not as three mysteries, but as one. Whether one mystery or three, Holmes and Watson are on the case.
Friends of Clonmel Intercontinental Readers will meet at 1:00 p.m. on June 5 at Main Library on LL1 to hold a Skype discussion with the group in Clonmel, Ireland about Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days Without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.
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