Don Alesi worked for nearly thirty years at a local cemetery. He helped thousands of people through some of the hardest times of their lives. After serving in the military, Don returned home and needed to find a job. A friend of the family offered him a job with benefits as a gravedigger. He accepted the job thinking he would keep it until something better came along. He found that he loved the job and was eventually promoted to director. After he retired Don decided to write his experiences in a memoir.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Join us on Sunday March 18 for a program about the fascinating history of the Fox River Valley, presented by local historian Phil Aleo. This program is part of our celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial.
“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
-- William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1
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.
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!