If you enjoy reading about your favorite musical artists, you might try one of these new biographies.
Johnny Cash: the Life by Robert Hilburn (B CASH). This book covers Cash’s personal and professional lives and is written by a noted music critic who knew Cash.
Simple Dreams: a Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt (781.64 RON). Ronstadt writes about her early life in Tucson and her rise to stardom in the California music scene.
Wild Tales: a Rock & Roll Life by Graham Nash (B NASH). This is a candid autobiography by the founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs (781.642 SKA). The author is a beloved American bluegrass and country singer.
For other titles check our online catalog or Ask Us!.
The upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has resulted in the publication of many books about Kennedy’s life and death. Here are a few:
The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment (OV 973.922 DAY). This book has numerous photos and includes each frame of the Zapruder film.
Dallas 1963 (973.022 MIN) by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis provides an absorbing account of what was happening in Dallas prior to Kennedy’s visit.
The Kennedy Half-Century: the Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy (973.922 SAB) by Larry Sabato describes how the assassination has affected our memory of the event and our view of his legacy.
Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House (973.922 DAL) by Robert Dallek. The author is a leading Kennedy historian and this book adds new insights to his 2003 biography of Kennedy.
For additional titles check our online catalog or Ask Us!
If you enjoy reading about animals, especially dogs and cats, you might try one of these books. They all have wonderful covers that make you say “aww.” And the books are “good reads.”
A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern (636.70886 HAL) is the memoir of Pransky, a Labradoodle, and her owner Sue and their encounters with the residents of a nursing home.
A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen (636.8 BOW) is the story of street musician Bowen and how his life changes when he finds an injured cat he names Bob.
Katie Up and Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin (636.7 PLA) is the story of how cocker spaniel Katie turned five neighbors into a family.
We have many more titles like those above. Check our online catalog or Ask Us! for additional titles.
Have you signed up for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Emergency Contact Database? If not, it is easy to do so. Just visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com. You can also call 800-252-8980 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) for more information. You will be asked to enter emergency contact information. This will allow law enforcement to access the database to help them reach your designated contacts in the event of an emergency.
Another important program from the Secretary of State’s Office is the organ/tissue donor registry. For more information visit http://www.lifegoeson.com/. Be an organ/tissue donor and save a life.
If you would like to try some gardening projects with your children, the Library has a selection of books that will help you get started.
Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds by Jeff Hutton will show you and your kids how to grow your own food and flowers. 635 HUT
The Family Kitchen Garden provides tips on how to make children and teens an integral part of a family garden. 635 LIE
Gardening Projects for Kids by Whitney Cohen is a step-by-step guide for turning your children into mini-gardeners. 635 COH
The Library has a selection of gardening magazines available in print format in the Magazines and Newspapers area, and in digital format through our Zinio service.
For additional home and garden resources, check out our hot topics.
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The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg took place 150 years ago on July 1-3, 1863. Beginning on June 29 of this year, Gettysburg will begin nine days of commemoration of this key event in American history.
Some interesting facts about the battle: Union General George Meade commanded approximately 100,000 soldiers who fought against Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s more than 70,000 soldiers. Gettysburg had the largest number of casualties in the Civil War and it ended General Lee’s invasion of the North. At least 46,000 troops were left dead, wounded or missing.
Marcellus Jones, a member of the Illinois 8th Cavalry from Camp Kane, is widely regarded as the soldier who fired the first shot in the Battle of Gettysburg.
For more information see the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary official website for a list of events and programs.
The Library has a large collection of books and dvds on this topic. Check our online catalog or Ask Us! for assistance in finding materials. For online sources see our History Research Guide.
Local farmers markets are now open and ready for business. Check out these local markets for a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, flowers and more! Shop local–as well as fresh and delicious.
- St. Charles: Baker Methodist Church, East Main Street at Fourth Avenue. Open 7 a.m.–1 p.m., Fridays, June 3–October 25.
- Batavia: Downtown on N. River between Wilson and State. Open 8 a.m.–noon, Saturdays, June 8–October 19.
- Geneva: French Market, Metra parking lot, South and Fourth Streets. Open 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Sundays, through November 10. Year-round Green Market, 27 N. Bennett Street, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. Thursdays, June 6–October 31.
- Elgin: Harvest Market, Old Gail Borden Library parking lot, 200 N. Grove Avenue. Open 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Thursdays, June 6–October 3.
The Bounty of Kane website lists Kane County farms that sell direct to the consumer. The Kane County Farm Bureau updates this website.
Check out the Library’s local information database for even more farmers markets.
Questions? Ask Us!
It’s time to get out of the kitchen and start cooking on the backyard grill. If you need ideas for what to grill or how to do it, try one of the Library’s many cookbooks and DVDs devoted to grilling. Here are a few:
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction (641.5784 FLA) is written by the celebrity chef and Food Network host.
Fire It Up: More than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything (641.76 SCH), by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim, answers the question “What can we grill?” Answer is “Everything!”
Barbeque Makes Everything Better (641.76 CHR), by Aaron Chronister and Jason Day, is a collection of easy-to-follow recipes for any occasion.
Zinio, your resource for full digital copies of favorite magazines, has cooking magazines, and you will find some tasty recipes. Questions? Ask Us!
Now that the weather is finally warming up and Earth Day is here, it’s time to think about sprucing up our own piece of the world. It’s time for clean-up now, and soon it will be time to start planting flowers and vegetables. The Library has a huge collection of gardening books to inspire and assist you. Here are a few new titles to get you started:
The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs (635 BEN)
Everyday Roses: How to Grow Knock Out and Other Easy-care Garden Roses (635.933734 ZIM)
Straw Bale Gardens: the Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with no Weeding (635 KAR)
Annuals, Perennials & Bulbs for Your Home (635.9 HAL)
Online, StCPL cardholders have access to Hobbies & Crafts, which has books and magazines about gardening. Zinio also has gardening magazines that you can download. Questions? Ask us!
Greenergadgets.org is a website devoted to helping you live greener. The site is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Do you want to recycle electronics? There is a handy tool that provides a list of certified eCycling locations in your zip code.
Try the energy calculator to help you find which devices use more energy, and thus how to conserve energy in your home.
Also, use the site to buy greener by discovering the most sustainable products. Other tips show you how to decrease the environmental impact of your electronic products.
The consumer electronics industry has launched an industry-wide initiative with the ambitious goal of recycling one billion pounds of electronics annually by 2016. This amount would fill up an NFL stadium!
For more green tips, check out our Green Living and Healthy Homes hot topics.
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