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 Fox Valley Public Library is happy to share our new collection of books and DVDs from the Stuttering Foundation of America (www.stutteringhelp.org). If you or someone you love stutters, please know that you are not alone.
This summer, D300 students entering grades 6-12 can read books from one or more award lists or read an article a week. We have the books featured on these award lists on display at the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks.
And you can check out the award lists below to find a title or two (or more!) to read for #D300Reads this summer.
The Best of the Best book lists:
I was saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Broadway legend Carol Channing. As a lover of live theater, she was one of the major stars that informed my education.
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.
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.
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 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.
Although she is now best known for being Ernest Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gellhorn was a writer and a war correspondent in her own right, covering dangerous events from the Spanish Civil War to the D-Day invasion.
You can learn about her fascinating life in any of the following books.