Wheaton Reads Sherlock Holmes

Beekeeping, the English moors, a violin, “the footprints of a gigantic hound!”  What (or who) ties them all together?  Elementary!  Sherlock Holmes!

Please join us in October as we celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective for our second annual Wheaton Reads.  We have special events, movie matinees and book discussions throughout the month.  We have contests and prize drawings.  Also, check out the library’s Facebook page every Tuesday and be the first to correctly answer the trivia question to win a Sherlock prize!

Read and discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Join us on Monday, October 6, at 7 pm or Monday, October 20, at 11 am.  On Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 pm, a discussion will be led by our Great Books moderator, Bev.

The ebook  and audiobook are available for download from eMediaLibrary and OneClickDigital.  The Friends of the Wheaton Public Library have provided a limited number of free copies of The Hound of the Baskervilles.  These are available at the Reader’s Desk on the first floor.

Beth, Reader’s Services

Read an eBook Day

You won’t find any cards at the card shop for this event (at least I hope not!).  September 18 is Read an eBook Day.  Use the hashtag #eBookday to share your ebook experiences on Facebook and Twitter on September 18 and be entered for a chance to win a free device.  You can also comment directly on their website.

Not familiar with ebooks yet?  Check out the library’s helpful website to learn about borrowing and downloading ebooks.  Call our Reference Desk at 630-868-7520 to make an appointment for a one-on-one help session.

Beth, Reader’s Services 

Pause to Read This Summer

Take time this summer to relax with your favorite author or discover a new author!  Pause to Read is the theme for the adult summer reading program.

Summer reading isn’t just for the kids!  Take part in our adult summer reading program and maybe you’ll even win a prize!  Register online here starting June 7.  Keep track of what you have read – any book, any format.  Two names will be drawn every Thursday for weekly prizes, starting June 12.  Read 5-8 books to qualify for a final drawing for one of two $50 gift cards for downtown Wheaton.  Reading nine books also qualifies you for the grand prize drawing for a $75 gift card for Barnes & Noble.

If you are looking for some great book recommendations to get your summer reading started, stop by the library or email Beth in Reader’s Services at advisory@wheatonlibrary.org.

Beth, Reader’s Services

Wheaton resident wins Soon to be Famous author award!

The winner of the first Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project is a librarian!  Joanne Zienty, a resident of Wheaton, Illinois and the library media specialist at the Forest School Library in Des Plaines, was awarded the honor for her book The Things We Save at an award ceremony held Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Libraries) headquarters in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Zienty’s first success as a writer came in fifth grade, when she completed a 70-page novel—an “homage” to Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series.  Her first play, a Thanksgiving melodrama, was produced at her elementary school.  She has been writing ever since.  Her other passion is working as a librarian combining her favorite pastimes: reading, encouraging others to read, teaching information literacy, and playing with technology.  Zienty shared, “As a writer, participating in the Soon to Be Famous Author project has been an incredibly validating experience!”

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is the brainchild of library marketing professionals who were inspired after listening to a presentation by brand expert and NYU professor David Vinjamuri, who spoke at the American Library Association’s 2013 annual conference about the importance of libraries in the era of e-books and self-publishing.  He challenged libraries to wield their collective influence to lift a self-published author to success to create a measurable indicator of the power of libraries and librarians to affect books and reading.

One hundred three self-published adult fiction titles were nominated and more than 20 librarians across the state served as judges.  After a series of eliminations, the top 3 authors were selected and were all present at the RAILS headquarters for the announcement.  Vinjamuri flew in from New York to introduce the authors and present the award to the winner.

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and Reaching across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), and Illinois Heartland Library System.

Gardening Without the Dirt

Planting season is here!  Wait a minute – did he say there might be flurries tonight?  Well, if you can’t plant yet or if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, and you like to read series, try these fictional gardens.

Anthony Eglin’s English Garden mysteries feature retired botany professor Lawrence Kingston.  Louise Eldridge is a public television garden show host solving mysteries in Ann Ripley’s Gardening Mystery series.  Landscaper Paula Holliday cleans up in Rosemary Harris’s A Dirty Business series.  Nursery business partners find romance in Nora Roberts’s In the Garden trilogy.

Beth, Reader’s Services

Discuss this!

Forget the “Shhh.”  Come join us at the library for lively discussions of good books!  Our Contemporary Book Discussion Group meets September through June and offers you a choice of three sessions:  the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.; the second Tuesday at 10 a.m.; or the second Wednesday at 10 a.m.

We provide copies of the upcoming title for discussion.  Stop by the Reference Desk to sign up and grab a copy.  Or call us at 630-868-7520 to reserve a copy.

In February, we will discuss The Lower River.  A joyful return to Africa turns into a nightmare for former Peace Corps volunteer Ellis Hock in this haunting and disturbing book by famous travel writer Paul Theroux.

Future books for discussion are: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda; A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka; Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler; and Flora by Gail Godwin.

Beth, Reader’s Services

A Twist to End-of-the-Year Lists

It’s that time of the year when book lovers peruse the many and varied end-of-the-year “best of” book lists.  National Public Radio (NPR) Books is offering something different this year.  It has “produced the Book Concierge, a Web site … that gives readers an unusual tool to sort through over 200 recommended titles from 2013.”  You can sort by title or category, such as Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For Art Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Rather Long, Seriously Great Writing, and Young Adult.

On the web, click on a category and the tiled book covers rearrange themselves into a collection.  Click on a cover to read more about the recommendation.

Beth, Reader’s Services

Daughter of the Empire

Attention Royalty Watchers and History/Biography Readers:  Daughter of the Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten by Lady Pamela Hicks is a great read!  Pamela is one of two daughters of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was related to British royalty, a naval hero of World War II and the last viceroy of India.

During the early part of the war, Pamela and her sister were sent to New York to live with Mrs. Vanderbilt for safety.  However, Pamela did not thrive and eventually returned to her mother in England.  The author describes the bombings and the privations of the war while living with relatives in the countryside.

After the war, the family went to India, where her father presided over the end of British rule and the beginning of India as an independent state.  Related to the British royal family, Pamela served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and was one of her traveling companions in Kenya when Elizabeth learned that her father, King George VI, had died  and that now she was Queen.  Pamela was also an attendant at the coronation

The author is adept at relating the momentous events of the mid-20th century and describing the great personalities who made history in that era.  She knew them personally.  She writes with humor and a discerning eye for detail and description.

Wheaton Reads: Pride and Prejudice

The library is launching a community-wide reading and book discussion program in October with Wheaton Reads: Pride and Prejudice.  In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudiceone of only six novels by beloved author Jane Austen, we have lined up free programs including films, book discussions, concerts, a tea, English country dancing and displays.  

Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk.  We are also having a prize drawing at the end of the month.  Submit your favorite Jane Austen quote to the Reference Department and you’ll be entered to win Jane Austen-themed gifts and gift cards for tea in town.  Forms are available at the library and at the programs offered.

Please join us and discover why this story set in Regency England has endured while most other novels of its time have been forgotten.

Beth, Reader’s Services

Bringing Mama and Boris Home

Devastated by the unexpected death of her brother in Baghdad, the author of Welcome Home, Mama & Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs is determined to rescue two street dogs that her brother had taken under his care in Iraq.  But how to get Mama and Boris to Detroit, all the way from Baghdad?  Undaunted, Carey Neesley cobbles together a network of animal lovers and others willing to help, both in Iraq and in this country and points in between.  Will she succeed in her mission?  Will she find solace for her grief in Mama and Boris?  Dog lovers will be cheering her on in this suspenseful read.

Sarah Meisels