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Pride Month: Part 1

June is LGBTQIA Pride month, timed to commemorate the Stonewall riots in June, 1969 that served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Celebrations, pride parades, memorials, and much more will take place throughout the country in June, including right here in East Dundee with Pride on the Fox on June 15.

Table-Top Games

Are you a Monopoly expert? Love guessing games? Or do you want to show off your drawing or linguistic skills? We’ve got games for all of these and more! From classic games like Yahtzee and Uno to contemporary games like Exploding Kittens and Sushi Go!, we’ve got something for everyone.

Randall Oaks Staff Favorites of 2018

You’ve seen enough “Best Of” lists for 2018 by now, so the Randall Oaks staff thought we’d just share some of our favorites, whether they're critically lauded or not. Here’s a sampling of books and movies that came out last year that we enjoyed for various reasons- they made us think, they made us cry, they were just plain fun, etc.

Sam B.

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Reading Recommendations for Winter Reading Challenge

Have you signed up for the inaugural Winter Reading Challenge yet? If it doesn't sound familiar, take a look at Elizabeth's blog here for more details. Registration opened up on Sunday, December 9,  and there are different challenges for youth, teens, and adults. A couple of the challenges on the adult list are to "check out a cookbook and try out a new recipe" and "read a winter themed book". If you're looking for inspiration in those categories, I've compiled some suggestions that fit the bill below.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November 1 begins National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. If you’re not familiar, participants strive to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, this November is the perfect time to get motivated to do so! Both Dundee and Randall Oaks have computers you can use for writing your manuscript and desks with charging stations if you bring in your own laptop. Check out the official NoNoWriMo website here for more details.  

This Is Halloween

Now that we’re finally into October, it’s culturally acceptable for me to fully exhibit my undying love for all things Halloween, which includes gorging myself on scary books and movies (I’ve already got my plans set to see the Halloween sequel later this month). Even if you’re not the type who watches horror movies all year long, leading up to Halloween is the perfect time to curl up in the dark and spook yourself with some creepy films.

Civic Conversations: November Election

We had a fantastic inaugural session of Civic Conversations at the beginning of September in which we discussed U.S. foreign policy. The October 2 session will focus on the "November Election: a balanced review of candidates for Governor, U.S. Representative, and local offices." If you've been wanting to learn more about candidates before hitting the polls in November, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.   While no homework is required to attend these sessions, if you’re interested in some general information on voting and midterm elections, take a look at some of the books below.

Civic Conversations: China, Russia, Iran

Civic Conversations is a new monthly conversation group at the Dundee Library. All are welcome to meet with others from our library district and participate in a respectful conversation about current issues and events. Popular discussion leader Gary Midkiff will facilitate these sessions on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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