Last year, the Village of Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission published a book about Bolingbrook to mark the celebration of the village’s first 50 years. The volume was published by Arcadia Publishing as part of the publisher’s Images of America series.

“The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.”

I’ve known about this series of books for some time and have read several of them over the years, because of my interest in local towns and local history.

A few months back, the Fountaindale Public Library added two resources to its digital services collection: hoopla and freegal music. Here’s the link to these services on our website: http://www.fountaindale.org/ebooks . Between them, the two services provide access to digital music, movies, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more.


As I was getting acquainted with these resources, I discovered that on hoopla, many of the Images of America series titles, like the one on Bolingbrook, were available through the eBook component. As a person who enjoys reading about this type of history, I was thrilled.

Some of the same titles, in printed paperback format, are available from the libraries in the Pinnacle group, of which Fountaindale is a part. However,  I feel that there is a distinct advantage to having the hoopla app on a tablet and being able to download the title of my choosing to that device and reading it that way. I can adjust the font style and size, adjust the background color of the page, as well as the margins.

I’ve already started a list of some of the titles that I plan to read over the next couple of months. Some are about places in Illinois, one is about a well-established ski resort in scenic Vermont where I lived and worked for more than a dozen years, and the last one is about a popular Jersey shore town where I spent time during hot East Coast summers.

  • The Lincoln Highway Across Illinois
  • Riverview Amusement Park
  • Route 66 In Illinois
  • Lockport
  • Stowe
  • Point Pleasant

So, go ahead and enjoy the popular and widely used features of both these resources when you have a chance. But please don’t forget the wealth of very readable local type historical material that is there for you to enjoy through hoopla. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

-Tom D.

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