January 2014

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 ConsumerReports.org database accessed via our website will provide you a great buying guide to these devices. Once you visit the ConsumerReports.org 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.

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.

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.