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Keep it Local: Local History Files

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The Dundee Library has a collection of local history files that contain over 400 items, including: newspaper articles, photographs, documents/reports, correspondence, booklets/pamphlets, blueprints, maps, and more. We have gone through and digitized the entire collection to further preserve these items and make them more accessible to our patrons. The collection covers a variety of different topics pertaining to all/each of the communities in our district.

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.

2019 Award Nominated Children's Books

The 2019 AISLE award-nominated titles are now on display at the Dundee Library!  Each year, the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) nominates books for the Monarch, Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill Readers’ Choice Awards.  Kids across Illinois are then invited to read the nominated books throughout the year and vote for their favorite.

Stately Music

Illinois’s bicentennial is December 3, 2018, so the state is celebrating all year long. To join in the celebration, this Sunday, April 22, we'll have musician Phil Passen with us performing music to commemorate 200 years of Illinois history. In honor of great Illinois music, here are some album suggestions, ranging from traditional tunes to popular artists who originally hail from our state (or just write about it). Read more about the program and register here.

Folksongs of Illinois

(MOSTLY NOT CREEPY) BOOKS SET IN CEMETERIES

Our upcoming program, CSI: Cemetery Search and Investigation, scheduled for Wednesday November 8, 2017, is perfect for history and genealogy buffs. Tina Beaird, a popular presenter and member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, will lead us through the history of American cemeteries. She will help us learn how to find our ancestors’ burial places, and how to decipher historical symbols on headstones.

Dark Beach Reads

Oh sure, you could read about beach houses, dog detectives, and middle aged women getting a new lease on life while you’re enjoying the hot August sun.  But what’s the fun in that?  You already know how those books end-- the dog solves the crime, the middle age woman finds a new love at the beach house (the hunky repairman, let’s say).  Instead, take a trip to the dark side this summer and check out one of these recommended reads below.  They are still fun and fast reads, but just a touch more sinister!    

The Tallgrass Prairie of Illinois

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About this time of the year I get a severe itch, and no I’m not talking about the kind you get in your eyes from all the pollen, it’s the itch to get outside. It’s the itch to explore what our beautiful state has to offer. And while we don’t have dusty red mountain ranges or lakes made of salt, Illinois is home to one of the most remarkable ecosystems in the United States, the tallgrass prairie.

Black Eyed Susan

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