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The Lock-in

Last Friday was our semi-annual Lock-in program for teens here at the Tinley Park Public Library. We get a lot of questions about the Lock-in from teens, parents, and even other staff members. When is it? Who is it for? What do you do? Do you sleep? How do you stay up the whole night? In this post I hope to answer these and other frequently asked questions.

The Bechdel Test in Popular Media

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “The Bechdel Test” uttered over the last few years, as the concept in feminist critical theory has received mainstream attention. But where does the test come from? The Bechdel Test, originating from a comic strip written by Alison Bechdel in 1985, was initially designed to evaluate films based on their portrayal of women. Are the women (if any) in a particular film multidimensional characters with significant roles in the plot? The test operates under the assumption that mainstream contemporary filmmakers (who statistically tend to be male) generally create films that do not portray women fairly or accurately.

Look Mom... NO HANDS!

As of Jan. 1 of this year, it is illegal in the state of Illinois to use a cell phone in your hands while driving. Consider pulling over if you must use the phone or invest in a hands-free Bluetooth wireless ear piece. With a TPPL barcode card number, the database accessed via our website will provide you a great buying guide to these devices. Once you visit the homepage, look for the search box at the top of the page and type "bluetooth headsets." You can also visit this link to find specific models rated on the PC Magazine website.

Harry WHO-dini??

No Harry Nilsson!...have you ever heard of him? It seems like there are two kinds of people: those who love Harry, and those who have never heard of him. The new book Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter by Alyn Shipton is a great new biography that covers Nilsson’s entire life, from his heartbreaking childhood through his meteoric rise to fame and his struggles with the many demons that lead to his career-ending physical problems. Nilsson had an aversion to performing live, which might explain his semi-obscurity today. This well-documented book is a perfect companion to the DVD Who is Harry Nilsson and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?, available through interlibrary loan. *Susan from Administration

How Is Your Library Important To You?

94% of Americans say that having a public library nearby improves the quality of life in their community, according to the recent poll released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Unsurprisingly, Americans highly value the resources and services provided by libraries.

So, what do you use your library for?
Are Libraries keeping up with technology, in your opinion?
What impact will the library have in your life, in the wired and interconnected future?

These are all important questions, let us know what you think!

Read these YA novels before they hit theaters

With the releases of Ender’s Game, The Book Thief, and Catching Fire in theaters this past month, all based on books by YA authors Orson Scott Card, Markus Zusak, and Suzanne Collins respectively, it is clear that the trend of adapting YA novels for the silver screen continues to grow.  Beginning most prominently with J.K.

Read All About It: Dallas Buyers Club

Recently, at the reference desk, I was asked about the new movie, “Dallas Buyers Club”. The patron wanted to know about the book that this movie was based on. The story is based on true events, but there never was a book written about the "Dallas Buyers Club". However, after doing a little research, I learned that Don Woodroof's story was reported in the Dallas Morning News in 1992, and they recently reprinted it.

New Digital, Official Kennedy Assassination Documents

Today as we observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Government Printing Office (GPO), for the first time ever, is making the complete official Warren Commission report available digitally. The commission was tasked by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and chaired by then Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination.

Also on FDSys today, you can hear the taped audio recordings of the crew of Air Force One while in flight from Dallas, TX to Washington, DC.

And The Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year is . . .

The approaching end of the year always brings upon a slew of the year’s “Bests” and “Tops.” “Top” lists are more objective, relying on numbers to determine top-grossing films, best-selling books, and most-downloaded songs and albums on iTunes. “Best” lists, however, are more subjective, relying on the opinions of bloggers, critics, and fans to determine the year’s successes and failures. Over the next month or so, I’m sure you will be inundated with such lists in all of your news and social media outlets. However, I would like to call your attention to another prestigious assessment that doesn’t always get the same recognition: The Word of the Year.


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