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Practical Technology Podcast – Open Source

And now, the next edition of the Practical Technology Podcast starring Emerging Technologies Librarian Tony Lucarelli and Studio Services Manager Jeffrey Fisher. This episode we are taking a broad look at open source software.

Links for the open source resources mentioned in this podcast:

And don’t miss the Upgrade Your Computer Workshop that will take place on Tuesday, October 21 at 7 p.m.!

Practical Technology Podcast


We are starting a new podcast covering technology issues from a practical standpoint starring your friendly neighborhood Emerging Technologies Librarian – Tony Lucarelli.

Episode 1 is in the can and ready to go for your listening enjoyment. We are striving to keep these to around 10 minutes and are trying to keep things conversational and easy to understand for the layperson.

If you have a topic you’d like to see addressed in terms of technology, please leave a comment either here or on the Facebook post.

Thanks and enjoy!


Kraig Kenning Blues Concert and Slide Guitar Workshop (Demonstration)

Kraig Kenning - Slide guitarNationally renowned slide guitarist and vocalist Kraig Kenning returns to the Fountaindale Public Library on Saturday, October 25 for the second in our “Fall into the Blues” mini-series. He will be performing in Meeting Room A, from  2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Kraig has played some of the nation’s largest, most respected music festivals, as well as classic Chicago clubs like The Vic and FitzGerald’s over his extensive performance career.

Drop in and enjoy this one-hour concert event!

In addition to his concert of blues music, Kraig will conduct a separate 1-hour demonstration Slide Guitar Workshop, before his blues performance.  The Workshop will be from 1 P.M. to  2 P.M. in Meeting Room A. It will be limited to 30 people. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced slide guitar player, we are sure you will pick up some helpful tips at this event.

Registration is required for the demonstration workshop. Guitars are not necessary, so please leave your guitar at home. Please arrive 10 -15 minutes before the start of  workshop for check in.

- Tom D.

Learn Delta Blues Guitar

If you were not able to take Donna Herula’s excellent Delta Blues Guitar Workshop when she was here at the Fountaindale Public Library on September 13, here’s a chance for you to still learn from her.

Our Studio 300 staff created the above video so that we can share her instruction with you. Donna provided the folks who took the workshop with tabs and lyrics to the two songs she taught: Tommy Johnson’s Big Road Blues in drop D tuning and Willie Brown’s Future Blues in open G tuning. We’ve provided the handouts from the workshop here, so that you can perfect your Delta Blues skills in the comfort of your favorite practice location. Delta Blues Guitar Workshop (Donna Herula) – Tabs, Lyrics, & Notes Enjoy!

- Tom D.

Blues Duo Concert and Delta Blues Guitar Workshop

Donna Herula & Tony Nardiello DuoClear your calendar for this coming Saturday, September 13. The Blues Duo of Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello will kick off Fountaindale Public Library’s “Fall into the Blues” Mini-Series with a one-hour, drop-in concert from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. in Meeting Room A.

A 75-minute Delta Blues Guitar Workshop will precede the concert from 1:00 P.M. to 2:15 P.M. in our Studio 300 facility’s Video Studio C.

Donna and her husband Tony are a Chicago-based blues duo and bring harmony, heart, and driving rhythm to the blues tradition. Donna is an award winning acoustic blues slide guitar player and vocalist. Tony also plays guitar, sings, and plays harmonica.

The duo has appeared at the House of Blues, Chicago Blues Festival, and Buddy Guy’s Legends, as well as numerous other music and arts festivals in the Southern and Midwestern United States.

Donna will teach the Delta Blues Guitar Workshop. Songs will include Tommy Johnson’s Big Road Blues in drop D tuning and Willie Brown’s Future Blues in open G tuning. Playing level required is Intermediate. Tab will be provided. Participants need to bring their own acoustic guitar. Register here. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the workshop for check in.

- Tom D.

September Programs are Open for Registration!

Registration is now open for the following programs.


Tea Towel Apron (sewing) – Wed. Sept.3rd at 10am

Conquer your Core (fitness) – Wed. Sept. 3 at 7:30pm

Job Interviewing Skills – Thurs., Sept. 4 at 7pm

How to Obtain Immigration Law Advice & General Overview – Sat., Sept. 6  at 10am

Immigration Law One on One Consultation – Sat., Sept. 6 at 11am & 3pm.

Yoga PM – Mon. Sept. 8 at 6:15pm.

Chess club for Adults and Teens – Tues., Sept. 9 at 7pm–YOU ASKED FOR IT AND WE GOT IT FOR YOU!

Walt Disney World 101- Thurs., Sept. 11 at 7pm


For more information, please call 630-685-4176 or register online at http://www.fountaindale.org


Maureen G.




The Doctor is Back!


Tomorrow is the day all you Doctor Who fans!  After what seems like YEARS Doctor Who is back! And he has changed yet again! I am so excited to see Peter Capaldi! I’m going to miss Matt Smith, but as a long time Doctor Who fan, I know the story…. the Doctor has to regenerate otherwise the show wouldn’t be around since 1963. I have to admit to being really excited about Capaldi. He is a long time Doctor Who fan, he is an outstanding actor and he is even near my age! The show is promising to be a bit less fairy tale this season and seems to be going back to a more gothic (and very 4th Doctor-ish) feel to it, which I am looking forward to.

Everything I have been hearing about the premiere “Deep Breath” has been VERY positive, both in his characterization of the Doctor and in his interaction with Clara, played by Jenna Louise Coleman.   The first episode will feature the Paternoster gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax. I am thrilled as I just love them!  And there will be a giant dinosaur roaming the streets of London!

There will be some new changes in addition to the gothic  feel to the show,  the first and foremost being the recent announcement of Jenna leaving the show at this years Christmas special. How that will play out remains to be seen. Clara has her supporters and also others who never quite got her. I wasn’t the biggest fan, but I really wanted to see how her and this Doctor would work together (shades of the 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant?) as it has been explicitly stated there would be “no romance” between the two. The Doctor is also going to be a bit darker (which I think we started to see glimpses of in Matt’s last couple of episodes). He is also going to be someone who immediately is in charge and everyone around him knows it. He will retain his humor but probably won’t be quite as silly.  Of course we will see the Daleks (I read that it is is one Dalek and its a nice Dalek!) as well as Cybermen,  mummies and even Robin Hood. And I’m hearing “Master”….. hmmmmm.  There will also be a some kind of reference to Capaldi appearing in “The Fires of Pompeii”  and there certainly will be one as to why the Doctor has a Scottish accent.

Doctor Who will be on tomorrow night at 7pm (its a 2-hour espisode) on BBC America. Get ready!

—- Christine


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