Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Get to Know Your Friends at the Library!

Name:  Max Steckel

Hometown:  Jerseyville

Favorite Sport:  Tennis

Favorite Food:  Pizza

Favorite Movie:  Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Curse of the Black Pearl

Favorite book as a kid:  Harry Potter

Favorite color:  Orange

Favoite joke:  What did one ocean say to the other?  Nothing, they just waved!

Max is Laurie's assistant for the summer reading club and the co-director of the teen summer reading club, along with Christi.  He has worked at the library for 2 years and 2 months.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Choice

Thoughts on the book:

Travis Parker is a confirmed bachelor, perfectly happy with his life of serial monogamy.  That is, until he meets his new neighbor Gabby Holland, who despises him.  It takes time, but he eventually wins her over.  They fall in love and she chooses Travis over her longtime boyfriend.  The first 3 quarters of the book is the story of how they fall in love and her decision to follow her heart.  The last quarter of the book deals with "The Choice".  Gabby is in an accident that leaves her comatose.  After months in the hospital, against the advice of doctors and even Gabby's own wishes, Travis decides to move her to long term care.  After 3 months there, she wakes from her coma and is able to resume her life with no complications.

Thoughts on the movie: 

The movie follows closely to the book, perhaps a little too closely.  The actors dutifully learned and repeated their lines.  I think the movie lacked feeling and the actors felt like they were cut from cookie cutters.


I was really put off by the fact that I read almost the entire book before getting to "the choice".  I was also really put off by the fact that in the midst of a seemingly random story, Gabby specified that after a certain amount of time, she did not want to be kept alive by machines.  Yet, her husband ignored his wishes and made his own decision.

I thought the book and the movie were both quite boring.  This was, admittedly, the first Nicholas Sparks book I've ever read and the third movie I've ever seen.  I felt that it lacked passion and purpose.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Mini BBQ grill giveaway

Congratulations to Sierra Palos for winning out mini BBQ grill giveaway!

Sierra shared her recipe for fruit salad.

vanilla flavored yogurt
low fat whipped cream


Cut up fruit, if needed.  Use as little or as much as you want or need.  Nuts are optional.  Mix in yogurt and whipped cream until it covers the fruit.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Take a Bite Out of a Good Book

Get to Know Your Friends at the Library!

Name:  Beth Tittle

Hometown:  Jerseyville

Favorite Sport:  College basketball-Go DUKE!!

Favorite Food:  Almost anything chocolate-cake, brownies, break, pie.

Favorite Movie:  The Black Stallion

Favorite book as a kid:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Favorite color:  Blue

Favorite joke:  Don't have one.

  Beth has worked at the library for 20 1/2 years.  She is head of circulation/public services.  She does a little bit of everything:  check-in and out materials, help people at the desk, answer questions, update the website, create signs and flyers, process inter-library loan requests, shelve, make copies, send faxes. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Get to know your friends at the library!

Name:  Laurie Ingram

Hometown:  Jerseyville

Favorite Sport:  Anything my girls are playing.

Favorite Food:  Lasagna

Favorite Movie:  I'm a sucker for the Disney Movies.

Favorite book as a kid:  I loved reading Nancy Drew books and Which Witch by Iva Ibbotson.

Favorite color:  Yellow

Favorite joke:  Someone stole my mood ring.  I'm don't know how I feel about that.  

Laurie has worked at the library for 19 years.  She is the children's librarian and homebound coordinator.  She gets to plan all the fun activities for the kiddos of our community!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May is National BBQ month!

To celebrate National BBQ month and the coming of warmer weather, we're giving away a portable grill!  To enter, simply drop off a copy of your favorite barbecue or side dish recipe at the front desk.  The winner will be randomly selected on May 30.  All recipes will be put together and made available for patrons to take home.