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Staff Picks: Music of the Year

2016 was a pretty impressive year in music, though it was also marked by the passing of several superlative performers including Merle Haggard, David Bowie, Prince, Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen and many more.  However, we also saw some of the finest work by big name musicians, including the final albums of both Cohen and Bowie, as wel

Holiday Shopping Help with Consumer Reports

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the holidays around the corner, we’re all getting busy with shopping for gifts for our loved ones. Here at the Fox River Valley Public Libraries, we like to help our patrons in any way we can and we can help with holiday shopping. No, I’m not saying that we’ll buy your gifts, but we do have resources that can help make your holiday shopping easier.

Download Christmas Music From Freegal

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Did you know that FRVPLD cardholders are allowed to download three songs for free each week from Freegal? Those are downloaded songs that are yours forever! You can listen to samples of songs before you download them, and if you've already downloaded your three songs for the week, you can add songs to your wish list to download later.

Cozy Knits

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For one of my birthdays before I was ten, my great-aunt got me a set of knitting needles, yarn, and a knitting book for kids. She then spent several hours of her life teaching me how to knit, hours that she would never get back. I was decent at it, and I could make a scarf, a longer scarf, and an even longer (and also less misshapen) scarf after several years of practice. Eventually, being able to knit only scarves lost its appeal, and I ignored my former hobby for several years.

Books on TV: Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu

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It's time for another installment of Books on TV! In this third installment, we'll take a look at original TV series from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. These services let you watch movies and TV shows directly online, no downloading, and no cable needed. This has become a popular service and continues to grow today. Because of this growth, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu are developing their own TV shows. Several of these shows are based on books, and the DVDs and books they are based on can easily be checked out with your FRVPLD library card.

Thanksgiving for Kids

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It's nearly Thanksgiving! A time for family, friends, togetherness, gratefulness, and hopefully, delicious pie! If you are looking for books to share with your family about the holiday, these are a few of my personal favorites. From previously unexplored and detailed looks at the first Thanksgiving to the reasons why the holiday is significant to us today, these books paint an engaging picture of a truly American holiday.

cover of 1621



Fall Zen: Books on Meditation and Mindfulness

Late fall can be a stressful time.  We’ve just gotten over a heated election, the days are shorter, and the holidays are fast approaching.  It’s no wonder so many of us are grumpy and tired!  Want to feel more at peace?  Perhaps try to add a little meditation to your daily routine.

Girl meditating in road.

Photo by Nickolai Kashirin, flickr user. 


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