• Archives

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,829 other followers


FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Who Made That - Scotch Tape -25 july 2014 How many of you out there regularly read The New York Times Magazine? Don’t be shy. You can go ahead and put your hand up…even if you don’t read it cover to cover.

This weekly supplement to the Sunday edition of The New York Times had been a part of the newspaper since 1896. The publication regularly prints articles by well-known writers. It features articles about fashion, style, and food. The puzzle page, edited by puzzle master Will Shortz, features some of the most challenging crossword puzzles that you will ever experience.

The regular feature that has me hooked on The New York Times Magazine each week is the Who Made That?  page. According to the newspaper, the columns “explore the notable design and manufacturing history behind commonplace objects we use everyday.” The earliest installments of the column appear to go back to March, 2011.

I found each column fascinating. The writing is great. The back story about each of the topics is both informative and interesting. In the June 7, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine, Hugo Lindgren wrote “few of the things we most value sprang from corporate labs or marketing departments. Mostly they came from people trying to solve a problem of their own.” This scenario plays out time and time again as you read these columns.

Some of my  favorites from Who Made That? in the last 12 months have been “Food Truck” on May 2, 2014, “3-D Printer” on November 22, 2013, and  “Super Soaker” on August 4, 2013.

So, if ever have looked at things and wondered who ever came up with idea and made that thing, take a look at The New York Times Magazine and find out.

- Tom D.







Green Cleaning Essentials Program–Registration is OPEN!

Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers

Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers

Green Cleaning Essentials –August 1, 2014 (rescheduled from August 13), at 7pm in Meeting Room A (located on the first floor of the library).
For those of you who enjoyed our July programs, Vegetables from Field to Fork and Herbs for your Home and Health, here’s another program you won’t want to miss!  Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers will be here to show you how to make homemade, natural cleaners for your home.
Making all natural household cleaners is better for you, your home, and the environment. Simple ingredients result in aromatic and non-toxic house cleaning products. You will be introduced to essential ingredients and simple recipes to get you started.
To register, visit our website at fountaindale.org or call 630-685-4176.  Have your library card ready!
Maureen G.


FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Have you ever stopped to think that you could have a goldmine sitting inside your home and not even know about it? If you are like a lot of music fans, over the years you possibly have collected recordings on vinyl, like LPs or 45s.  Or you may have collected CDs, DVDs, music memorabilia, and so on, and just stored it away. Have you ever thought about what your collection could be worth? Goldmine magazine - July 2014

Every year we get questions from our library customers who are wondering about exactly that same thing.

We started to get Goldmine magazine at our library this past December, after fielding a number of questions from our customers and researching to see what was out there in the marketplace that could help collectors. Goldmine magazine and its online website (www.goldminemag.com) were literally a goldmine of information and resources.

This monthly publication started in 1974 and “focuses on the collectors’ market for records, tapes, CDs, and music-related memorabilia.”  Features each month include news articles, interviews, discographies, histories, current reviews on recording stars of the past and present. The magazine covers a wide range of music and includes rock, blues, country, folk, and classical. Additional features include classified ads, trends, and a show calendar.

The recent July 2014 issue is shown above . I checked the Show Calendar to see what was doing in our state and found that there were two upcoming listings in July and August for collectors in the Chicagoland area.  The Goldmine - Music Collector ResourcesStore Directory showed two stores for Illinois that were in the Chicago area. In addition, checking the magazine’s website under the MUSIC COLLECTOR RESOURCES tab showed that there are several other stores for Illinois collectors.

Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1950 - 1990Still need even more resources? The folks who put together the magazine have also done the Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1950 – 1990. This comprehensive guide, presents values for 45 RPM, EPs, 12-inch single albums, and select 78 RPMs. The genres include rock, pop, country, soul, R&B, and jazz. The publication has 150,000+ listings!  Our Fountaindale Public Library owns this resource. To see about availability, please check our online library catalog.

So, if you’re doing some prospecting in the basement, the attic, or in the closets of your home, remember the wealth of resources that are available in Goldmine magazine and their website. If you would like to check out some of the issues of the magazine, you’ll find them on the 2nd Floor of our library, in the Newspapers and Magazine area.

Don’t wait too long to discover the treasures that you may have under your roof. You may discover some really valuable gems!

- Tom D.


Native American Flute Class Concert, Sunday, June 22 at 3 pm in Meeting Room A




The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present the Native American Flute Class Concert this Sunday, June 22, at 3 pm in Meeting Room A.  The concert is an all ages program which is free and open to the public.  The performance will include traditional elements of Native American music, new compositions, and an opportunity to see several examples of Native American Flutes.

The Native American flute has been reported to be the third oldest known musical instrument in the world.

The link below gives you a nice, tasty sample of the beautiful, soothing, and otherworldly sounds you will hear at this concert, that were recorded in our very own Studio 300:


Native American Flute Class Concert

- Brian





World Cup Soccer is Here!


FIFA World Cup Soccer is an event soccer fans around the world wait for every four years.  Countries around the world go through a selection process in order to host the cup, this year being Brazil’s turn. Brazil has hosted the cup once before in 1950. The tournament started in 1872 between Scotland and England, but the first official World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, with mainly South American teams competing as well as the US and Mexico.  The US hosted the World Cup in 1994, with several games played at Soldier Field.

  Countries create national teams which must compete prior to the cup in qualifying rounds, thus ensuring that only the cream of the crop make it. Big names in soccer such as Pele and David Beckham have competed in the event several times. Careers are made, some made legendary during the tournament. Fans take the matches very seriously, getting up at all hours of the night to watch matches. Its not unusual to have a match on at 3am depending on the host country and US broadcast time.  This year air times should be pretty good in the US.

The tournament starts this Thursday with Brazil vs. Croatia. Matches will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and Univision. Cheer on the US team!

— Christine


FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Mix magazine - April 2014If you’ve been using our library’s Studio 300 facility for any recording work, you’ll find Mix magazine an informative and helpful resource. We started subscribing to Mix in January of this year and it is proving to be popular with our library customers.

At their online presence, Mix Magazine Online, the specifics of what the magazine is about is nicely spelled out: “Mix is the world’s leading magazine for the professional recording and sound production technology industry. Mix covers a wide range of topics including: recording, live sound and production, broadcast production, audio for film and video, and music technology. In addition, Mix includes coverage of facility design and construction, location recording, tape/disc manufacturing, education, and other topics of importance to audio professionals.”

In each issue, like the April 2014 one shown here, you’ll find a variety of features:

* Columns and feature articles on technical subjects

* Industry News

* New product announcements

* Equipment reviews

* Profiles of producers, engineers, and artists

* Features on production facilities, live venues..and more.

Among some of the features in the the April 2014 issue were:  an extensive article about Sonic Ranch, a recording studio located 30 miles east of El Paso, Texas and an article detailing producer – musician – songwriter T Bone Burnett’s work on the HBO drama “True Detective.”

The May 2014 issue featured an article on “Welcome to 1979″ – a retro, all analog recording studio in Nashville and an in-depth analysis in the Back- to-Basics column on “Smart Microphone Selection / What to Grab and Why.”

You can find copies of this monthly magazine in the Newspaper and Magazine area of our library, on the 2nd Floor. Have a look ……check it out!

- Tom D.


Go Green May 10

Paper Shredding

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bring your old personal papers to the library parking lot to be shredded and recycled.  Limit two boxes per car.


Preparing Your Home for Sale

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Realtor Holli Thurston will give pointers on getting a house ready to sell.


Breathe Easy: Green Your Home

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager at Moraine Valley Community College, will discuss indoor air quality and how to have a green, clean, and healthy home.


Each of these events is free and open to all ages (but geared towards adults).  Registration is not required.

moving day



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,829 other followers