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Pint & Click Podcasts 24 & 25 Now Available!

The gang at the Pint & Click Podcast are back! Dave, Jami and Tony have released their first two episodes of 2017, featuring some recommendations (and non-recommendations) of the latest books, movies and media. Have a listen below, or subscribe on iTunes here.

Pint & Click Podcast Episode 24: Do Not Recommend! (Kindle Fire, Extended Harry Potter Universe, The Dark Knight Rises, Terminator Genisys)

On this episode, Dave, Tony and Jami vent some of their disappointments and frustrations about the Kindle Fire tablet, the extended Harry Potter universe (essentially, any supplemental material released by J.K. Rowling outside of the original seven novels), and the blockbuster films The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Terminator Genisys (2015).

Pint & Click Podcast Episode 25: The Young Pope, Confessions, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

On this episode, Dave, Jami and Tony discuss the new HBO original series The Young Pope, the 2008 novel Confessions by Kanae Minato, the 2003-2005 animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, and the latest film set in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Textbook Travail?

At the start of a new semester, perhaps the only thing scarier on a course syllabus than how much needs to be done, is the number of required (print) textbooks.

At the Des Plaines Public Library adult Reference desk on the fourth floor, we get questions about whether we carry a particular textbook or textbooks.

Mostly from college students, but also the occasional one in high school.

The reality:  as a public library, we do not own much in the way of college or high school textbooks.

David Bowie for America's libraries

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Kids & Parents

Raising Caring Children

No matter what party lines you fall on, this past election year has been an exhausting one. The country feels anxious, angry and divided, and it can be overwhelming to think about where we go from here.

But it’s important not to lose sight of the simple things we can encourage in our children: compassion, empathy, inclusion, involvement, and kindness.

Here, in Youth Services, we try and find ways to embody these traits every day. One of the things staff love most about our library is that everyone is always welcome. On any given day, you can find children and families of all different beliefs and backgrounds, together, making our community strong.

This, we think, is so important right now.

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Staff Picks

The David Bowie Book Club

It's hard to believe that it's already been one year since David Bowie left this world. His contributions to the world of popular music are incalculable, to say nothing of his impact as a style icon. But among the various larger-than-life personas that Bowie assumed throughout his career (Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Jareth the Goblin King), you can add one more: bibliophile.

David Bowie for America's libraries
It's true - the Starman himself was a regular bookworm, just like us! When Vanity Fair asked Bowie to complete the famous Proust Questionnaire in 1998, his answer to the first question, "What is your idea of perfect happiness?" was succinct: "Reading." And to prove this point, in 2013 he compiled and published on his official website a list of his 100 favorite books, along with the suggestion that dedicated fans could start a Bowie Book Club. His choices were unsurprisingly eclectic, ranging from poetry to sociology to comic books, and spanning the 8th century BC (Homer's The Iliad) up through 2008 (Susan Jacoby's The Age Of American Unreason).

Although several of the titles that he chose are no longer in print, plenty of these books are available to be checked out at DPPL today. Any one of the six books listed below would be a fine introduction to a proverbial Bowie Book Club, as they all deal with themes and topics central to some of Bowie's finest music. (And if you're unfamiliar with the man's work, the recent double-CD compilation Nothing Has Changed is a fine primer.)