Adult Services Blog

The Girls of Summer

Books about young women are one of the big trends this summer, and we even had a display recently of novels with titles that included the word “girl” or “girls.” There were so many to choose from! Recently I read two new books in this category, both of which feature teenage girls seeking connection and friendship with other young women, only to find something more complicated, and maybe even sinister.

Yellow keyboards!

adaptive yellow keyboard and trackball mouseOur computer lab offers special, bright yellow, large print keyboards, available for use at our senior workstations.

Horns - by Joe Hill

HornsMost everyone has heard of "cringe humor"--the kind of awkward humor that makes you shudder and want to be somewhere else.  The best way I can describe "Horns" might therefore be "cringe horror".  You'll shudder and want to get away, but the horrific ideas and scenarios put forward will hold you captive even when you aren't reading...

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of America's National Parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday this summer, on August 25th, and there have been several books published recently to mark the occasion. I wish I could take part in the celebration by visiting one of our 59 National Parks this year, but it doesn't look like that will happen. I can, however, get a taste of the beauty and power of the diverse American landscapes our National Parks encompass with a little armchair travel! 

Immigration on Film

Stories of immigrants come to life through the lenses of documentary and feature filmmakers.The Visitor--DVD dust jacket

Read in the Park! with Urbana Free Library

Read in the ParkYou are invited to come out to Carle Park at 2:00 on the first Saturday afternoon of every summer month (June 4, July 2 and August 6) for the library's Read in the Park!

Banjo!

This week a documentary film changed my perception of the banjo forever. The film? Béla Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto. I always thought of the banjo as an odd-looking, although fun to listen to, device esteemed by country musicians.

New graphic memoirs

 

I recently read two excellent new graphic memoirs that combine text and striking artwork to depict the authors' lives as young girls.