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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

No Sparkle Here!


A couple of years ago, The Fountaindale Library’s Horror Book Club read the book The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, noted film and screen writer and director. The book brought vampires out of the sparkle and romance that seemed to surround them with the popularity of the Twilight series and back to what they should be scary, demonic creatures intent on destroying the world. At the time we read the book, we all noted how this would make  a wonderful mini-series. Well now it has, The Strain recently debuted on FX as a regular series.


The story starts out as the book, with a plane landing at JFK airport with all its passengers dead. Or are they? Epidemiologist Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather and his team are sent on board to investigate just what happened to all the passengers. Meanwhile, a mysterious coffin is found, a dying billionaire wants it, and something horrible is unleashed in New York City. Even the rats want out! Eph and his team find they are in a battle to not only save their families but the city. And just who is Professor Abraham Setrakian? On the surface he is an elderly pawnbroker and Holocaust survivor, but there is more than meets the eye.  What is going on with the heart he keeps in a jar? And why does he feed it blood?


So many answers yet to come! The book is actually part one of a trilogy followed by The Fall and The Night Eternal.  I highly recommend them. The series is supposed to cover it all. I watched it and was pretty impressed and plan on seeing it again. It’s on Sunday nights on FX at 9 pm CST.

These are vampires you do NOT want to date!


— 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.

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.



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