Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Patron Book Reviews

I have 2 book reviews on similar books:The first one is "Wonderful Tonight", by Patty Boyd. Before reading this book, I didn't know that much about Eric Clapton, but I was surprised (and disappointed) to learn from this book how much of an alcoholic/drug addict Eric Clapton had been while he was very poplular. Much of this book focused on this, and how horrible the relationship was between Patty and Eric.The original idea of the book was how, while she was married to George Harrison (of Beatles fame), Eric Clapton fell in love with her, and then she divorced George to be with Eric.In my opinion, she left a wonderful, loving man to be with someone who was heavily into drugs and alcohol.The second book is, "Clapton", (the autobiography), by Eric Clapton himself. This book was far better than the first one, and even though his alcohol/drug abuse was mentioned quite frequently, it was interspersed with names of all of the famous people he met along the way during his musical career, how he taught himself to play the guitar, his pitiful (but interesting) childhood, etc.I found this book to be far more interesting and much better written than "Wonderful Tonight".Thank God Eric Clapton has since become sober, because he is a very talented musician, as well as a very talented writer.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sweatshirt Winners

Congratulations to
Cheryl D’Amato
and Lisa L. Adams,
the first two winter
sweatshirt winners.
Come sign up at the library
for your chance to win!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Thanks for your generosity!

A big "Thank You!" to all who have brought toys and food for Worth Township to distribute to those in need. We will continue to receive items until December 21st.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Winter Sweatshirt Drawing

During the holiday season,
the library will be holding
weekly drawings
for a winter sweatshirt.
All library district
cardholders are eligible
to enter the drawings.
Come sign up for a chance to win!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Share the Magic of the Holidays!

The Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library is very proud to sponsor our 5th Annual Food and Toy Drive. You can drop off non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, or monetary donations at the library between November 20 and December 21. Worth Township will distribute donations to area families in need. Together we can help make the holidays happy!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Birthday!

A big "Thank You!" to the patron who brought the beautifully decorated cakes to celebrate a staff birthday. We all appreciate your thoughtfulness very much!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Book Review from Patron

This book review is about David Talbot's book, "Brothers: the hidden history of the Kennedy Years", which is about the Kennedy brothers during their time of presidency, death, etc. If you are really into politics, this is a good book for you to read, but it is very deeply political, and I gave up on it after about the third chapter.
There are some unexpected, formerly unpublicized details about their deaths, but this is a long book that you really have to dedicate yourself to reading, with no distractions.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Gardening Program

On Wednesday evening, September 26th,
Mary Lou McKendree Poremba
presented a program entitled,
"How to have color and interest
in your garden all year long."
She also shared helpful tips on pruning.
A good crowd enjoyed her excellent
presentation, and a raffle for door prizes.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Upcoming Programs

DON'T FORGET. . . . The Youth Services Dept. is showing a movie at 2 PM this Saturday, Sept. 22nd. Call 708/371-5666 for details.

Our next Adult Services program is Wednesday, Sept 26th at 7 PM -- How to Have Color and Interest in Your Garden All Year Long -- with Mary Lou Poremba. Call to register. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Grand Prize Winners

Grand prize winners
-Adult Summer Reading Program -- Anna Mae Stevens
-High School Reading -- Donovan Robinson

Our most recent weekly prize winners:
Adult -- B. Bronkala, Patricia Danielski
High School -- Tim Ewers

Thanks for reading with us! See you next summer!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thanks for your donations!

We thank everybody who generously donated school supplies and food this month! Worth Township has been distributing them to area families.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Summer Reading Weekly Winners

Congratulations to recent Adult Summer Reading Program weekly winners: Bertha E. Martin, Nancy Urban, Cathryn A. Lanenga, and J. Sigrist. Thanks again to everyone who has been participating! Adults and high school students, get your book slips in by August 31!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Say it ain't so, Janet!

Some of you put your name on the list for "No Chance", the new Janet Evanovich book coming out in October. (Her cowriter for this new series is Stephen J. Cannell.) According to her website, the book has been postponed indefinitely , due to a "scheduling conflict."

Monday, August 06, 2007

New Assistant Director

Sue Pajor is our new Assistant Director, as well as the Manager of the Adult Services Department. Sue has worked at our library in previous years in both the Adult and Youth Services Departments. Most recently Sue was a school librarian with Ridgeland District 122. Sue says she’s happy to be back at our library and we’re glad to have her!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Adult Services Reading Program

Dave Wartenberg is the first weekly winner for the Adult Services Summer Reading Program, "Get a Clue @ Your Library." More than one hundred adults have signed up so far, and it's not too late to join. For further information, contact the Adult Services Dept. at 708/371-5666.

Book Review

I checked out, but did not read, "Why Good People Do Bad Things", by James Hollis.The reason I did not read it is because after skimming through it and discovering it was about the Abu Ghraib prison, I was no longer interested.The title is misleading, and I was under the impression that it was about people under normal circumstances.It basically explains how normal people in the military became mentally sick and violent when given authority over people who were in this prison. It goes into graphic detail about disturbing sexual acts. I was very disappointed when I realized that this was the subject of this book.
--Anonymous patron

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Summer Reading Program

The Alsip-Merrionette Park Library has summer reading programs for all ages. This year's theme is "Get a Clue @ Your Library!" If you are a resident of Alsip, Merrionette Park or Garden Homes, sign up today!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Kudos for Senior Day

An article from the Speak Out section of the May 24 Daily Southtown newspaper:
"Seniors Day was great fun at library
The Alsip-Merrionette Park public Library Seniors Day was great, especially the speakers. They were all very good." Thank you to the patron who called in these encouraging words!
A big thank-you to Food4Less and Nino's Pizza for donating lunch.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New computer sign-up

Adult patrons can now sign up for Internet/PC use through a new computerized system, located next to the Print Station. Come to the Reference Desk to set up a password.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Windy City Thunderbolts' Mascot

Boomer, the Thunderbolts' mascot, visited the Youth Services Dept. for National Library Week in April.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Celebrate National Library Week!

Visit us for National Library Week (April 16-21)
as we celebrate with drawings and prizes!
Grand prize will be a portable DVD player!

Kids --Come to the Youth Services Department. Tell us your favorite book, author or illustrator, and you will be entered in a drawing to win great prizes. Open to Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library residents only.

Monday, January 15, 2007

What Are You Reading??

Have you read a good book lately that you want others to know about? Or maybe even one that wasn't so good! Post a book review on our blog and share your reading experience with others.