Thursday, January 3, 2013
Some participants in the library's winter reading club have will have the chance to receive a free pedometer.
A program at the Glen Ellyn Public Library will not only offer readers the chance to exercise their brains, but it will help them keep moving physically. If that wasn’t a good enough way to start the year, there’s the chance to win $100 gift certificate too. The first 250 adults who register for the library’s winter reading club, themed: “Exercise Your Brain” will receive a free pedometer. The winter reading club kicked off Jan. 2 and will continue through March 15, according to the Glen Ellyn Public Library. Participants in the program can register online or in person at the library. To register at the library, visit the second floor Adult Services desk. Or, online visit the website and click on the winter read club icon on the homepage…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A list of books that are my personal favorites for inspiring and motivating me.
While I am the Local Editor for Glen Ellyn Patch full-time, I’m also a practitioner of yoga. Through my yoga practice, I’ve learned that the obstacles I face on my mat are very similar to those I face in daily life. The yoga doesn’t end once I roll that mat up. Yoga and life have taught me that life is about choices and in any moment I have a choice at how I see things and react. Attitude is everything, as the saying goes. As we head into a New Year, I thought I’d share some of the books that I’ve read, which have made a positive impact in my life or which have offered me inspiration. Have a favorite book that you feel has been helpful in motivating you to achieve your goals? Share them in comments. Before I share my list, let me share …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Censorship is alive and well, as highlighted by Banned Books Week—and you might be surprised by who the most vocal challengers of books are.
The importance of the First Amendment and the concept of "intellectual freedom" might not always be readily apparent to most kids, but Banned Books Week is a great opportunity to make those lessons come alive for children—and adults. Banned Books Week is held annually during the last week of Sept. (Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012). The week is an occasion for libraries and bookstores across the U.S. to help folks realize just how real and ongoing a problem censorship is. At the Glen Ellyn Public Library, there will be a special display highlighting Banned Books Week that will include copies of a number of books, which have been banned, said Anthony McGinn, the library's marketing coordinator. "I think it’s great that our library is taking steps to …
The new book, The Casual Vacancy, is set to be released this week.
Harry Potter may have vanished into the past, but author J.K. Rowling is still around, with her for-adults book The Casual Vacancy due out Thursday. In Glen Ellyn, you can find the book at The Bookstore. The new book by the creator of Harry Potter is aiming this book at a grown-up audience. The Bookstore’s owner Jane Stroh said she is still awaiting her copies of the book and they should arrive Wednesday in time for the release. “I was very uncertain about the response, so I wasn’t sure if we’d have 50 people or 500 people order. So we started taking pre-orders. I would guess I have less than 20 pre-orders. I will have more than enough books to fill my pre-orders,” Stroh said. “I am anxious to see how it sells, because typically there are …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Sure, school is back in session, but the kids don't have to be the only ones hitting the books this month.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Although Labor Day marks the last hurrah for white pants, barbeques and kids up late on a Sunday night, it is not the end of the season. People, until the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 21, it's still summer. And that means there's just enough time to squeeze in another good book atop your favorite lounge chair. Not sure what to read for your last hurrah of summer? Fear not, we've cobbled together some best-sellers from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, along with a few staff favorites from summers past. All you need to make your experience complete is a nice cold glass of iced tea lemonade. Fiction Non-fiction Written by Shannon K. Winning Be sure to tell us about your favorite summer read in your comments.
Monday, March 7, 2011
We seniors need to be smarter.
Did you know that in 1790 only 2 percent of the population was over 65? I guess that the small number of seniors defused the issues of aging—they probably got more respect too. These days the picture is different: in the year 2000 the over-65 population averaged 12.4 percent. The oldest baby boomers are turning 65 and the publishing world is replete with books on aging. Aside from the expected books on finance, health and retirement, the library’s collection reflects a few different takes on the subject: 1. With strict attention to diet and exercise, decrepit old age need not sneak up on us. The sunset years are a wonderful period of life, perfect for spiritual, personal and even professional growth. Remember the old ad: “You’re not …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Patch gives you our favorite picks on a new topic each week. Help us out by adding your own recommendations in comments.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
For Patch Picks this week, we're focusing on books for national Read Across America Day. We talked with librarians, asked for five titles and came up with a list for kids and adults. Feel free to add your own suggestions as well in comments. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins: In this book we meet Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world and must fight for her life. This is the first book in the Hunger Games series and is recommended for young adult readers with an interest in sci-fi. All the Lovely Bad Ones, by Mary Downing Hahn: A little creepy, but not scary, this book is recommended for young adult readers who crave a ghost story. In this book, we meet Travis and his sister Corey, who mischievously …
Monday, December 20, 2010
The Creme de la Creme of nonfiction in 2010 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
What do these people have in common: the Queen of the Nile, an impoverished Southern tobacco farmer, a hard-living rock and rock legend, a cancer specialist and six million black southerners emigrating to the North? All occupy a place of pride at the top of many best nonfiction books of 2010 lists. At the library we have culled critics' choices from the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and other esteemed publications to determine the crème de crème. Here are five: In The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson presents her study of the early to mid 20th century migration of six million African-Americans from Jim Crow South to the uncertain rewards of Northern and Midwestern cities. She focuses on three individuals, …