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Volume 28, No. 5
Making summer plans? First stop, sign up for Summer Reading at your favorite Peoria Public Library branch. It’s the summer fun that goes with you everywhere, takes place rain or shine and grows brain power for every age. Plus everyone can relax and enjoy themselves while they participate!
“It’s Showtime at the Library” is the Summer Reading theme this year and the team at Peoria Public Library has devised activities and rewards to fill the seven week program with entertainment and learning opportunities for the entire family. To participate, simply visit your favorite branch in May or early June to sign up. You are agreeing to read just three hours a week and all reading counts, including reading to others. Each week when you sign in you receive a reward. If you read six of the seven weeks of the program, you earn a party pass for the Summer Reading Party at Peoria Riverfront Museum. It includes all the delights the museum offers plus additional entertainment and prizes.
Summer Reading runs from June 2 to July 20, with the party taking place on July 23 from 6-8 p.m. Sign up starting in May or anytime all summer, but to be a summer reader for six weeks and get to the party, you must sign up by June 15.
Groups may register and read together as well. To get more information about how schools, day cares, senior centers or other groups can participate, please call (309) 497-2141 or email email@example.com. All ages from newborns to seniors are encouraged to participate. Reading provides vital skill growth and maintenance for young students and keeps older brains active and growing, providing an enriched life at any age.
You may not have considered the safety and security of your personal information at the library. After all, it isn’t a bank! Yet identity theft is something that concerns us all. Peoria Public Library has your name, birth date, address and knows what you have checked out. All this information is closely guarded and secure in the RSA Cat database, a service overseen by a group of area libraries The record of what materials you have checked out is erased the moment your item is returned. This protects you from possible legal investigations or court actions as there is no existing record to be turned over or viewed.
Your library card is a precious document. If you lose it, report the loss immediately so that someone else cannot check out materials. If someone should steal your card and use it you then become liable for the cost of the materials and if you should be turned into collections for not paying for the loss, your credit is affected. Keep track of your library card just as you would your credit card.
Inside the library are many public computers as well as our free wifi. Your browser activity is set to erase as soon as you close out your browser on public computers. Please be aware, however, that Peoria Public Library wifi may not be secure for your sensitive transactions. While there is a policy prohibiting misuse of the wifi by others to steal your information, policies do not impress criminals! It is best if you use your own data on your device to conduct sensitive transactions online inside the library.
Peoria Public Library offers a variety of streaming and downloadable music, movie and book services as well as research portals and other information. All of these are provided by outside vendors, not Peoria Public Library. The library staff does their best to investigate the security measures of any such service before we purchase it for use by our patrons, but in an age of hackers, the theft of names, emails, phone numbers and more is constant.
Theft can also happen when personal property such as purses or backpacks are left unattended. Please keep your belongings with you at all times when in the library just as you would in any other public place. All locations do have security cameras and some have security guards to ensure our patrons can relax and enjoy all the library has to offer.
With reasonable precautions, your information is safe at Peoria Public Library.
If your child is interested in the library and what is offered for tweens, ages 9 – 12, they are invited to join the Kids Advisory Board! The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be a discussion on when future meetings will be held and a chance to help start organizing some programs. Kids across the country help libraries plan the activities they want to attend at the library. It is a chance to learn how to work on a board and have a say in what happens at the library. Anyone who can’t make it to this meeting but would like to participate should call (309) 497-2200 and ask for Katy or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Amber Lowery
There is a significant amount of grumping and grousing among genealogists concerning the common case of lost females in their family history.
Historically, among Western culture, it is tradition that when a child is born, they are given their father’s surname, and if they are female, when they marry, she changes her last name to her spouse’s surname instead. While this is not a problem, per se, it does make tracking a woman through history a bit harder.
Consider this: when you read an obituary from the early 1900’s, the woman is often referred to as Mrs. (insert husband’s name). If you’re lucky, or her family was well-known, you might find a mention of her parents, but that’s not always the case. Further, the farther you go back, the less likely you are to find the names you are seeking. Add in the difficulties of migrating families and those that had common last names and it becomes a major headache and a road block in your research.
Then we have the rippling effect of the lost census of 1890. Want to goad a genealogist? Ask them about the 1890 census. Be prepared for a reaction. It’s not just the loss of the information the census held, but also the fact that between 1880 and 1900 is an ENTIRE generation. Children who were born around 1880-1882 may never appear with their families if they were married by the age of 18. DNA tests can be exceptionally helpful here if testers have a well-built tree with documentation.
But still, our trees will be waiting for the lost information of those who “disappeared” in the records under a different name.
Are you currently stuck on a family line with lost females? Come by the Peoria Public Library Main Library and peruse our stacks! It could be the information you seek is waiting for you here. Ask our staff if they have research ideas to help you go over your brick wall.
By Robin Helenthal
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is a modern-day romance with a twist. Esme Tran is a young Vietnamese woman who works as a maid in a hotel in Ho Chi Minh to support herself and her young daughter. Kahi Diep is a California-born, Vietnamese-American who is a genius with numbers but when he is diagnosed with autism and realizes that he processes emotions differently than most people, he decides that relationships are a wasted effort and it would be unfair to get married. Khai’s matchmaking mother disagrees and goes to Vietnam with the purpose to find him a wife. After a chance encounter with Esme, she invites her to come to America for the summer and meet Khai. Khai and Esme have an instant mutual attraction but there are many misunderstandings and their differences in class, culture and mistaken beliefs create barriers they have to overcome. As Khai learns to understand his heart and Esme pursues her goals and dreams, the relationship they develop is an example of how true love grows.
The Satapur Moonstone is the second whodunit by Sujata Massey featuring Bombay attorney Perveen Mistry. Set in the 1920s , Perveen is one of India’s only female lawyers and has been approached to handle a delicate situation in the state of Satapur on behalf of the Kolhapur Agency, a British civil service unit in need of a legal investigator. The state’s dowager maharani and her dauyghter-in-law are in a heated debate on where the current maharajah, 10-year-old Jiva Reo should be educated. Since marharanis avoid contact with men, the authorities feel that Perveen is the best person for the assignment. Perveen learns after accepting that the two previous rulers of Satapur, Reo’s father and older brother, died suddenly within the last two years, which leads her to fear that Reo also may be at risk. The palace is full of intrigue that turns to murder. Perveen’s mission goes beyond education to using her skill and intuition to keep the young prince and herself alive.
The Rosie Result is the final book in the Rosie Trilogy (The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect ) by Graeme Simsion. The Tillman family which consists of Don, Rosie and son Hudson have moved back to Australia where Rosie has been offered her dream job. Hudson is not happy about leaving New York and is having trouble fitting in at his new school. His teachers would like Don and Rosie to consider getting an autism assessment, but Hudson has own ideas. Don has decided to leave his job at the university and develop a cocktail bar. He is also working hard to learn how to be a good parent and letting Hudson make his way in the world and how to be a good partner with Rosie. Along the way, they overcome many troubles. The book is a fitting and successful end to the trilogy.
By Teri Miller
Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these bestsellers appearing on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!
Neon Prey by John Sandford: Searching for a small-time criminal who skipped out on bail, U.S. Marshals find a jungle full of graves. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a ruthless serial killer. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, McClure, North)
Tightrope by Amanda Quick: An ex-trapeze artist walks a tightrope between desire and danger as she is caught up in the mysterious circumstances surrounding the onstage death of an inventor in 1930s California. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, North)
The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr: A powerful story of a woman’s best intentions leading to the worst of situations, and how love helps her find an inner strength and fight for happiness she deserves. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, North)
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews: Out of a job and down on her luck, things aren’t getting any better for Drue Campbell when her estranged father shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. (Lakeview, North)
Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin by Robert Knott: After Appaloosa’s sheriff is laid to rest, a handful of men vie for the office. No sooner are their campaigns under way than gold is discovered just outside of town, brings a slew of new problems. (Lakeview, North)
Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller: Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, explores the complexities and heartbreak that families experience as men took up arms to preserve the nation and defend their way of life. (Lakeview, North)
The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver: Escape or die trying, Colter Shaw helps solve crimes and find missing persons. When a college student goes missing in Silicon Valley, Shaw is thrust into the dark heart of Silicon Valley’s billion-dollar video gaming industry. (Main, Lakeview, McClure, North)
Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard: This novel is about a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: Mary Todd and his best friend, Joshua Speed. (Main, Lakeview, North)
The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans: the dramatic conclusion of Evans’ riveting Broken Road trilogy – a powerful redemption story about being given a second chance and finding happiness on a pilgrimage along iconic Route 66. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, North)
The Bibliophiles Book Club will meet Tuesday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch to discuss The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. It is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.
The Biography and Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. at North Branch to discuss The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman by Margot Mifflin. This engaging biography examines the life of Olive Oatman, who was 13 years old when Indians attacked her Illinois Mormon family on its journey west; she was subsequently adopted and raised by the Mohave tribe. Mifflin tells Oatman’s story, from the unorthodox religious convictions that led her family west, through her captivity and assimilation into Mohave culture, to her rescue and reassimilation. Mifflin describes Oatman’s ordeal and theorizes about its impact on Oatman herself as well as on popular imagination. The author seeks to correct much of the myth that has sprung up around Oatman, owing partly to a biography written with Oatman’s participation during her life. Mifflin takes the position that Oatman was almost fully assimilated into Mohave culture and resisted “rescue,” and that her return to mainstream society was a cause of ambivalence, if not anxiety. Though Mifflin sometimes seems a bit eager to make this argument, her book adds nuance to Oatman’s story and humanizes the Mohave who adopted her.
The Book ‘Em Mystery Book Club will meet on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Branch to discuss Y Is For Yesterday. A dark and disturbing case of rape and murder from 1979. Ten years later, a missing tape to the rape and murder surfaces with a demand for ransom money. A sociopath with a grudge stalks Kinsey Millhone as she is drawn into this family drama.
The Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club will meet on Monday, June 10 at Lakeview Branch at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi. The Interdependency - humanity’s interstellar empire - is on the verge of collapse. The extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible is disappearing, leaving entire systems and human civilizations stranded. Emperox Grayland II of the Interdependency is ready to take desperate measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth - or at the very least an opportunity to an ascension to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war. A war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will between spaceships and battlefields.
The YA Book Club for Adults will meet on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Lakeview Branch to discuss Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson. When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them. For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he’s even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber’s vest. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, wondering what’s become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi’s picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he’s been trying to forget.
The Read on Book Club will meet at Lincoln Branch on Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Shattered by Kia DuPree. KiKi’s world is turned upside down when her partially deaf mother loses custody of her children, sending KiKi and her siblings into foster care. After running away with a friend, the two girls run straight into the arms of a pedophile in disguise, who lures the girls into a life far too mature for their twelve-year-old minds. Held in captivity for months, the girls are finally set free when a neighbor exposes them. But what should have been a happy moment for KiKi actually sends her on a life path that spirals out of control.
The Sherlock Holmes Story Society will meet at North Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 to discuss “The Adventure of Black Peter.” Holmes is called to investigate the murder of a distinctly unpleasant man who is found with a harpoon sticking out of his body in a landlubber’s cabin.
Friends of Clonmel Intercontinental Readers will meet on Tuesday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. Main Library on LL1 to hold a Skype discussion with the group in Clonmel, Ireland. Midwinter Break by Bernard Mac Laverty is a moving portrait of retired couple Gerry and Stella Gilmore’s marriage in crisis, Bernard MacLaverty reminds us why he is regarded as one of the greatest living Irish writers. Through accurate, compassionate observation and effortlessly elegant writing, MacLaverty reveals the long-unspoken insecurities that exist between Gerry and Stella over their four-day holiday in Amsterdam, crafting a profound examination of human love.
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