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In order to provide relief to Libraries and to provide more content to Patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, we are proud to announce the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites.
When a patron borrows these titles now through April 30, each patron will be debited ZERO borrows from their monthly hoopla borrows and that circulation is FREE to libraries. Click here for a link to the entire Bonus Borrows Collection. Scroll down for some curated collections to help you find the perfect video, book, TV show, audiobook, and more.
Take Time for You
A thoughtful collection of self-help titles on hoopla that encourage you to take a breath and think about what you want to work on - for you. Enjoy this hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection without using your monthly borrows.
Read, Watch, and Listen for Adults
Everyone could use a mental break from time to time. Slip into a great story, get fit with a video, or just listen to some music and relax with great titles in this multi-format collection.
Books Kids Love
Looking for ways to entertain your young readers? Here is a collection of popular fiction titles on hoopla kids will have fun reading during their time at home. Enjoy this hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection without using your monthly borrows.
Turn your living room into your sanctuary of sweat and relaxation when you stream or download these popular fitness television series on hoopla. Enjoy this hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection without using your monthly borrows.
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the library's closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have a question that is not answered below, send an email to email@example.com or call (847) 428-3661 and leave a voicemail.
Help! I can't find my library card number!
If you're unable to find your library card, you can take a picture of a current utility bill or current piece of mail with your address and sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be in touch with you with your library card number.
I don't have a library card. Can I still sign up for one?
Yes! Please visit the My Account page on our website.
Select the link in the top sentence that reads, "If you are not registered for library services, click or tap here to register now." Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be signed up for a temporary library card that will permit you access to our eContent. All temporary cards start with the prefix "PACREG"; please use PACREG plus the six digits after when accessing materials.
How can I use the library while it's closed?
We have a number of online resources for both eContent and research. Please check out our eLibrary page for access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through Overdrive, Axis360, and Hoopla, or check out our Research page for access to our online databases where you can learn a different language, pick up a new hobby, teach yourself how to code, or take an online course.
What about my currently checked out materials?
No items will be due during the library's closure. All checked out materials have had their due dates reset accordingly. We will announce the new due dates once we know when we are going to reopen.
Can I access my holds?
Holds will be unavailable for pickup until the library reopens. However, patrons can continue to place items on hold through our online catalog. Existing holds will remain available until 7 days after the library reopens.
Can I return materials while the library is closed?
In an effort to encourage patrons to stay home, all FRVPLD book drops are closed during this time. Please hold onto your materials until the library reopens.
When will the library reopen?
The library is under Governor Pritzker's orders to remain closed until April 30. We will once again open our doors when it is deemed safe and best practice to do so. Please continue to check our website or social media for updates.
For the latest updates and ideas on how you can use your library card online, follow us on our social media channels:
Get an online library card for immediate access to our digital content like eBooks,eAudiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, eComics, online learning, geneaology, games for kids, craft classes, language learning, and way more.
This is available to residents who reside in the FRVPLD and have never had a library card -- including children!
- Visit https://ccs.polarislibrary.com/polaris/logon.aspx?ctx=23.1033.0.0.36&Header=1.
- Click on "If you are not registered for library services, click or tap here to register now" and follow the easy prompts.
- Fill out the online application.
- A six-digit number that starts with PACREG will appear immediately.
- Use the number to immediately download, stream, and access online content.
- Come in and get the physical card when the library reopens.
If you have any trouble, please email email@example.com. We have limited staff available, but we are responding to these emails as soon as possible.
The Dundee Library and the Randall Oaks Library are now temporarily closed. This decision is in response to the nationwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, and the direction of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to close Illinois schools until the end of the month.
We plan to remain closed through Sunday, March 29. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available.
While we are closed, we will carry out extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building. Due dates on all currently checked out materials are extended until April 20. We are no longer emptying the remote book drops. Please keep your materials until further notice (don’t worry — we trust you!).
Patrons can place items on hold while we are closed. Obviously, no libraries will be processing these holds since all 28 CCS libraries are closed and pickups are still not an option. But you can continue to browse our online catalog and place items on hold as you normally do.
You can continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; streaming movies and TV shows; streaming music; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; taking online classes; and much more. Browse our website for information about checking out online materials and resources. Visit the library’s website at www.frvpld.info.
Stay connected with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more ideas of things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time. We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov.
Not only is March 17 St. Patrick’s Day, but the whole month of March is Irish-American Heritage Month in order to coincide with holiday. What better time than this to dive into some Irish fiction? For a relatively small country, Ireland is a hub of culture so these books are just a tiny sampling of the great literature about and coming out of the country. Literary fiction, comedy, cozy mysteries, grittier mysteries, historical- there’s something for everyone.
- Ulysses by James Joyce- Maybe *the* book to represent Dublin. It’s certainly a challenge, but Joyce’s experimental and beautiful language brings the city to life. Inspired by The Odyssey, the story follows Leopold Bloom as he makes his way through the city to get home to his wife, Molly.
- Normal People by Sally Rooney- One of the biggest books of 2019, Normal People follows a pair of teenagers from their school days in rural Ireland to their college days in Dublin and beyond as their social statuses shift and they fall in and out of each other’s lives.
- Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy- Benny and Eve have been best friends since childhood and expand their circle when they get to university. Love and loss follow, and this book is often described by fans as the ultimate “comfort food”.
- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray- Teenage Skippy dies and the novel explores the mystery of what led to his death, linking the pupils of a school, teachers, and parents in unexpected ways. Which doesn’t sound like it would be funny, but it is.
- In the Woods by Tana French- Each book in French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is worthy of its own place on this list but if you want to dive in, In the Woods is the first book and a great place to start. A young girl is found murdered and there is suspicion that her death could be linked to the disappearance of 2 other children 20 years earlier.
- When All Is Said by Anne Griffin- 84 year old Maurice Hannigan sits in a hotel bar and drinks a toast to the 5 people who have been most important to him. Through the tales of how each of these people shaped him, Maurice tells the story of his life.
- This Is Happiness by Niall Williams- A coming of age tale in the small Irish parish of Faha, which hasn’t changed much in a thousand years until the events of this book. The traditions and relationships of this tightknit community anchor this story.
- Beyond the Pale by Clare O'Donohue- In this thriller, married college professors are asked by Interpol to help procure a priceless rare book in Ireland, but things take a wrong turn when the couple’s contact in Ireland doesn’t show and they are faced with a potential death threat.
- The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan- The financial collapse in Ireland leads to rising tensions in an Irish town, leading to violent outbursts as people’s lives are affected by everything they’ve lost.
- An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor- In the first book of the Irish Country series, newly minted doctor Barry Laverty moves to the Northern Irish countryside and begins work assisting the old village doctor. Through the new man in the village, the series introduces the reader to the colorful inhabitants of Ballybucklebo.
- Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor- The opener to this series of cozies set in County Cork focuses on the O’Sullivan siblings as they fun the family bistro inherited after their parents are killed in a car accident. When a man is found murdered in the bistro, their livelihood is on the line and oldest sister Siobhan is determined to solve the mystery and save her family.
- Actress by Anne Enright- Norah tells the intertwined story of herself and her mother, Irish theater legend Katherine O’Dell. Norah attempts to discover who her mother was apart from the public actress and learn what led to the bizarre crime for which Katherine is best remembered.
- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry- Told through journal entries from Roseanne, a psychiatric patient nearing her hundredth birthday, and Dr. Grene, her psychiatrist. A tale of love, loss, religion, and memory, Roseanne’s story becomes a stand in for Ireland’s history.
- The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney- Ben MacCarthy views storytelling as a means of existence, and he tells his story, weaving it in with Irish myth and legend, and the history of the country as well. The Irish tradition of oral storytelling is explored well here.
- The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford- Part 1 of 2 in Rutherford’s Dublin Saga, this epic spans 11 centuries of Irish history, from its pagan roots to Vikings and St. Patrick to medieval culture. Part 2 brings the story up to the formation of the modern, free Ireland in the 1920s.
Bonus content: Irish movies in case you want to celebrate but don't have time to commit to a book
The Dundee Library now offers Illinois License Plate renewal service. Illinois residents can walk into the Dundee Library and walk out with their new sticker immediately.
A standard renewal sticker costs $151, a renewal sticker for a personalized plate costs $158, and a renewal sticker for a vanity plate costs $164. Like local check-cashing businesses, there will be an additional $7.50 processing fee. Customers can pay with cash, debit or credit card. You will need your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and your license plate number. If your vehicle needs to pass an emissions test, the library will be unable to renew your license plate.
Renewal is available during regular library hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. FRVPLD is the first library in Illinois to offer this service. The new service is an effort to increase value-added, revenue-based service. The library expects to generate about $500 a month with this new service. The service will not be available at the Randall Oaks Library.
Local artist Jean Pechtel returns to the Ruth Wendt Gallery, and this time has brought fellow artists Jane Erlandson and Nancy Guthrie with her. The new collection is a colorful burst of images using the oil and cold wax medium. As Pachtel explained, cold wax is a mixture of beeswax, alkyd resin, and mineral spirits, and has a thick consistency. Mixed with oil paints, it permits a buildup of texture and allows the artist to scrape through to reveal layers beneath. It is also used to make transparent glazes. The artist uses a combination of techniques to produce rich textured paintings with a lot of depth. It is often used in an abstract fashion, but can also be used in other styles of painting.
About the artists:
Jean Johnson Pechtel
I have worked extensively in oils and in soft pastels. My oil and cold wax paintings are more impressionistic. I have been experimenting with the medium to stretch myself as an artist. The buildup of layers gives depth and variation to the colors, and the wax itself provides texture. Contact me at (847) 977-4288, or visit my website: www.jeanjohnsonart.com.
My 2D artwork has been primarily in film photography of late, but in the past I’ve done a fair amount of brushwork. After taking a couple classes in oil painting, I’ve wanted to do more, but haven’t rushed to the brush. Then I did a workshop adding in the cold wax and therein found the freedom to paint in the moment abstractly. While a beginner with this medium, I love it; it’s a very personal and meditative medium. There really are no rules, just advice - take advantage of layers, experiment with tools, use pigments in addition to oils. Contact me at (505) 264-3757, or visit my website: www.janeerlandson.com.
The Cold Wax medium was my first experience in abstract image. The process is the art and is so alive, adding and removing layers, varying marks and tools. The piece is truly never finished and seems to only improve as worked. Many other mediums are “less is more” and about “knowing when to stop”. Cold wax is very freeing. Contact me at: (847) 997-4101.
On Monday, January 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., we are having a DIY Mini Flip Light program for grades 6 through 12 at the Dundee Library.
We will use the basic materials of an LED, battery, battery holder, tilt switch, and solder to make a mini flip light in a jar. Amaze your friends and family as you flip the jar upside down to turn on the light! If you are interested in attending please register here: DIY Mini Flip Light, or call 847-428-3661.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups, and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends, and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.
Here are some important facts about mental illness and recovery:
Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through “will power” and are not related to a person’s “character” or intelligence.
Mental disorders fall along a continuum of severity. Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 Americans — who suffer from a serious mental illness. It is estimated that mental illness affects 1 in 5 families in America.
The World Health Organization has reported that four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders. By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children.
Mental illnesses usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are susceptible, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable.
Without treatment the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, suicide and wasted lives; The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars each year in the United States.
The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports.
With appropriate effective medication and a wide range of services tailored to their needs, most people who live with serious mental illnesses can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and find a satisfying measure of achievement and independence. A key concept is to develop expertise in developing strategies to manage the illness process.
Early identification and treatment is of vital importance; By ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports that are proven effective, recovery is accelerated and the further harm related to the course of illness is minimized.
Stigma erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions. We have allowed stigma and a now unwarranted sense of hopelessness to erect attitudinal, structural and financial barriers to effective treatment and recovery. It is time to take these barriers down.
From the Kane County Behavioral Health Council's website https://www.wesupportmentalhealth.org/faq/:
If you are struggling with mental illness or know someone who does, please attend the Layperson's Guide to Mental Illness on Thursday January 30th, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Get educated so you can make informed decisions on treatment. You can register by clicking here https://www.frvpld.info/laypersons-guide-mental-illness
If you’re anything like me, one of the most exciting parts of a new year is exploring all the books that will be released over the course of the next 365 days. (And then stressing myself out about how I’m possibly going to keep up with reading everything I’m interested in.)
Luckily for us all, 2020 is going to be a fantastic year for literature. Take a look at some of the most anticipated titles coming out during the first quarter of the year. If you need assistance placing a hold on any of these or want to know more about them beyond the information in the catalog links, just ask any member of staff at a reference desk.
With the outside temperatures feeling more like winter, now is the time to read some books featuring snow, frigid settings, and characters in survival mode. These titles cover a mix of genres: adventure, horror, contemporary fiction, mystery, and, in some cases, romance.
Alone by Cyn Balog
Seda, sixteen, feels her invisible childhood nemesis, Sawyer, growing stronger just as a group of stranded teens takes shelter from a blizzard in the dilapidated mansion Seda's mother inherited.
Avalanche by Melinda Braun
After an avalanche hits, a group of skiers in the Rocky Mountains must survive Mother Nature and a life-threatening injury to one of their members in order to make it out of the mountains and find help.
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Ryn, eighteen, trapped by a massive blizzard in the Denver airport, meets some unique characters who help her cope with survivor's guilt on the first anniversary of her best friend's death.
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Britt goes hiking in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming with her ex-boyfriend Calvin, but trouble arises when she is caught in a blizzard, taken hostage by fugitives, finds evidence of murders, and learns whom to trust and whom to love.
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Holed up in their missing neighbors' cabin in a Montana blizzard, Zoe and her little brother are rescued from an intruder by X, a bounty hunter sent from the Lowlands to claim the souls of evil men. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but breaks the rules for Zoe. Together they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.
Survive by Alex Morel
A troubled girl is stranded in an arctic winter terrain after a plane crash and must fight for survival with the only other boy left alive. It was recently announced that streaming service Quibi is making a series starring Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins based on this book.
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
When Corey moves away from Lost Creek, Alaska, she makes her friend Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger. With every hour, Corey's suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets-- but piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.
The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones
Four months after Nate's best friend, Dodge, disappeared in a boat accident on Ghost Lake, Nate is still having nightmares. The boys had planned to go up to camp together that winter--their first trip without Nate's survival-savvy father. When Nate decides to make the treachorous journey to his family's remote camp at Ghost Lake alone, it's half pilgrimage, half desperate hope he'll find a trace of his lost friend when no one else could. Instead he finds his family's camp occupied by strangers--men who've escaped from a maximum-security prison. How could they have known about the cabin? Nate's survival now depends on both his wits and his skill as an outdoorsman. As the situation spirals out of control, Nate finds himself dealing with questions even bigger than who gets to leave camp alive.
Caring for the health and welfare of a family member or friend is hard work! It can be frustrating and isolating. Caregiving is incredibly rewarding, but it also a source of stress.
Caregiver stress can cause physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It typically results from a person neglecting their own physical and emotional health because they are focused on caring for an ill, injured or disabled loved one.
In an effort to support local caregivers the Fox River Valley Public Library is starting a Caregiver Support Group. Our first meeting will be on January 23, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Corner 68.
We are not an illness specific group, the group is free to attend, and all are welcome.
You're not on the caregiver journey alone. Come join us and get encouragement, support, along with tips and tools to help make your caregiving experience more positive and meaningful.
At Randall Oaks, we wanted to know what our fellow readers enjoyed most this year so we asked our patrons about their favorite books released in 2019. See something you missed on here? Start 2020 with one of the best of the previous year!
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Books read in 2019 that were loved so much we're ignoring the earlier, non-2019 release dates.
Looking to take a break from shopping, the cold, or the regular rotation of Hallmark Christmas movies on TV? Check out this list of new holiday romances! We have it all: Cowboys? Check. Puppies? Check. Dukes? Check. New takes on classic Christmas stories? Check. Click on the titles below to find these holiday romances in the catalog or to place them on hold.
Christmas with a Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Book #5 in the Longhorn Canyon series
A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase
Book #9 in the The Montgomery Brothers series
A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Jessica Clare
Book #3 in the Wyoming Cowboy series
Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore
Book #2 in the Service Puppies series
How the Dukes Stole Christmas (short stories)
*Librarian favorite! Includes the stories "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare, "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean, "Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan, and "Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe.
The Highlander's Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kelly
Book #2 in the Clan Kendrick series
The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie
Book #2 in the Widow's Brew series
Kisses in the Snow by Debbie Macomber
Includes the stories "The Christmas Basket" and "Let it Snow."
Season of Love by Debbie Macomber
Includes the stories "Thanksgiving Prayer" and "Christmas Masquerade."
Wish Upon a Cowboy by Jennie Marts
Book #4 in the Cowboys of Creedence series
The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay
*Librarian favorite! Book #2 in the Happily Ever After series.
Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis
Book #8 in the Heartbreaker Bay series
Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates
Book #8 in the Gold Valley series