The Illinois State Library (I.S.L.) reported in today’s newsletter that on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, Little Free Library co-founder Todd Bol will host a “Build Day” for volunteers to construct Little Free Libraries (LFL) for placement in their communities from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the I.S.L. in Springfield. A limited number of kits will be available free of charge.
To take part in this event, a library should send an e-mail by August 10th to the Illinois Center for the Book’a Bonnie Matheis at bmatheis [at] ilsos.net or call her at (217) 558-2065. Include in the email the following information:
1. Name, phone number and e-mail of a group member who can be contacted if your library is selected.
2. An agreement that one’s library will send a group of no more than four volunteers to construct the kit.
3. A description of the volunteers (e.g., your friends group, reading/book club, local boy or girl scouts).
4. A description of where the LFL will be installed in one’s community.
5. Any programs or services that one’s library may do to support the LFL in one’s community.
Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis in addition to the requirements listed above; all entrants will be contacted by August 14th. Expenses such as travel and meals are not covered.
The program will include a brief welcome from Mr. Bol who built the first L.F.L. in 2009 as a memorial to his mother. Five years later, this simple idea to promote literacy has become a movement.
There are now 20,000 Little Free Libraries in seventy countries. Springfield is one of several stops as the LFL makes it way to the National Book Festival on September 5th in Washington, DC. This opportunity is sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book at the Illinois State Library.
Frugal Muse Books in west suburban Darien, Illinois is participating in Chestnut Court’s Sidewalk Sale this weekend (from Friday, July 24, 2015 to Sunday, July 26, 2015). Throughout the mall, books, toys, candy, gifts, hair products, and other items are on sale.
At Frugal Muse Books this weekend, some books, CDs, and DVDs are one sale for between twenty-five cents and one dollar. All used items in the store are 25% off.
Chestnut Court Shopping Center is located at the intersection of 75th Street and Lemont Road. The address is 7511 Lemont Road, Darien, Illinois 60561.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (A.L.P.L.M.) is holding an exhibit preview and reception for the new exhibit With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews on the evening of Sunday, August 2, 2015. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum Plaza and Treasures Gallery.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (A.L.P.L.F.) Members and invitations only. Reservations are required.
Gary Zola will be the guest speaker in Union Theater at 7:30 p.m. A separate reservation is required to be in the audience.
Once maximum seating capacity for Union Theater has been met, one will no longer be able to reserve seating in Union Theater. The reception and exhibit will remain open until 8:30 p.m.
The R.S.V.P. deadline is today, Friday, July 24, 2015. No reservations will be accepted after that date.
The A.L.P.L.M. stated, “This exhibition, organized in conjunction with the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, brings to light the little-known relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Jewish Americans. Original documents, artifacts, photographs, and first person accounts tell the story of how Lincoln’s meaningful bonds with Jewish individuals, his audacious defiance of anti-Semitic generals, and the interventions he made as president on behalf of all Jews reflected his deepest values and helped promote inclusivity in the United States.”
To make reservations, e-mail rsvp [at] alplm.orgor call (217) 557-5589. The exhibit sponsors are Stephen and Lisa Stone, Robert and Natalia Silverman, William and Jean Soman, Robert and Joan Feitler, Bill Vala and Frank Vala, the A.L.P.L.M., and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (A.L.P.L.F.).
The exhibit will open to the public on Monday, August 3, 2015. It will run at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (A.L.P.M.) through Sunday, November 15, 2015. The address is 212 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62704.
The Tea Ladies are hosting a World’s Fair Tea at the A.L.P.M. from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015. It will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room.
This is a chance to view artifacts and other objects from Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893), in the collections of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Tens of millions of Victorians paid fifty cents per person to see modern technological marvels, artworks, and scientific specimens on exhibit in the White City, as well as attractions we would now associate with circuses and theme parks, including the very first Ferris wheel. If one has questions, one should e-mail clare.thorpe [at] Illinois.gov.
Tickets are $35 per person for the general public and $31.50 for A.L.P.L.F. Members. E-tickets must be presented at time of entry either by printing out one’s ticket and showing it oy by showing it via a mobile device.
After the tea party, one may visit the exhibit Undying Words 1858-1865 at no additional cost. Undying Words, which is sponsored by the Archer Daniel Midlands Company, opened on November 22, 2014 and will run through February 28, 2016.
The exhibit covers the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858), Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address (1861), the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1863), the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1865), Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address (1865), Lincoln’s assassination (1865), and Lincoln’s funerals (1865).
The exhibition was curated by Olivia Mahoney, Senior Curator at the Chicago History Museum, and James Cornelius, Curator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Lincoln Collection. Ms. Mahoney has been with the Chicago History Museum since 1980, curating many exhibitions, including Abraham Lincoln Transformed and Chicago: Crossroads of America. In addition to planning exhibits, Mr. Cornelius edited and co-authored the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s Official Commemorative Guide and its publication Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America.
Eileen Mackevich, Executive Director of the A.L.P.L.M., thanked the Chicago History Museum for helping create the exhibition. “We hope it generates widespread discussion about Lincoln the president and the master politician,” Mackevich said. “What qualities made his leadership unique? What forces shaped his views on equality? These are questions worth weighing as important anniversaries draw near.”
The exhibit A Salute to Advertising’s Greatest Icons opened at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, located in the Chicago Loop, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and will run through Saturday, October 31, 2015. The address of the Museum of Broadcast Communications is 360 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654.
Advertising agencies and brand historians illuminate the creation and evolution of television commercial characters from inception to current usage. Old television commercials, archival print ads, vintage packaging, and character memorabilia are on display in this multimedia exhibit.
The exhibit includes the Pillsbury Doughboy (General Mills); the Jolly Green Giant (General Mills); Tony the Tiger (Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes); Snap, Crackle & Pop (Rice Krispies); the Keebler Elves (Keebler); Ronald McDonald (McDonald’s); Mr. Clean (Procter & Gamble); Morris the Cat (9 Lives); Charlie the Tuna (StarKist); and Raid Bugs (S.C. Johnson). A special week is devoted to each character during which that character makes appearances.
“Historically speaking, television has been the premiere stage for some of the nation’s most revered advertising characters,” said Bruce DuMont, Founder and President of the Museum of Broadcast Communications (M.B.C.). “These beloved characters helped define many of the world’s top consumer brands, and each has become synonymous with their brand in commercials, print ads, packaging and on grocery shelves.”
“No media research institution can ignore advertising and the significant influence it has had on television, nor can it down play the importance of branding a sponsors message,” said Mr. DuMont. “The Museum of Broadcast Communications seeks to underscore that connection and focus attention on the agencies, most from Chicago, who created and developed the lovable and memorable characters that helped define these brands.”
Esquire.com shared “5 (Reasonably) Educated Presidctions For Game of Thrones Season 6” by Sam Parker of Esquire.com U.K. (the Web site of the British edition of Esquire). [Personally, I refuse to watch the show any more or read the books any further after the penultimate episode of Season 5 included child sacrifice.] Going forward, the screenwriters are on their own because George R.R. Martin has yet to complete the sixth and seventh books in A Song of Ice and Fire, which he projects to be a seven-volume series, although he has sketched out how it will end for the showrunners.
In addition, Esquire.com has released a list of The 80 Best Books Every Man Should Read. The editor(s) labeled it “An unranked, incomplete, utterly biased list of the greatest works of literature ever published.”
The Penguin Random House blog The Perch has Reading Challenges. The concept is that one should print out a challenge (list of books) and cross off titles as one reads them.
Then one is supposed to publicly share how much one has read by taking a photograph and tweeting @penguinrandom or Instagramming (@penguinrandomhouse) with the hashtag #challengeyourself.
The latest of three challenges thus far issued is the Book Club Summer Reading Challenge, issued June 29, 2015. One can find a larger, high-resolution copy of the Book Club Summer Reading Challenge here and print it out.
The Perch issued the Young Adult Reading Challenge on April 25, 2015. The first challenge, issued April 20, 2015, was Challenge Your Shelf: Books A-Z.
Gorgeous chef Giada De Laurentiis, granddaughter of independent movie producer Agostino (”Dino”) De Laurentiis (1919-2010), Emmy-winning hostess of Food Network shows, authoress of cookbooks and children’s books, and owner of the new restaurant GIADA in Las Vegas, now has a digital weekly magazine. Random House, LLC announced subscriptions for Giada: A Digital Weekly would be $2.99 per month (four issues) or $16.99 for forty-eight issues (a savings of 52%).
Penguin Random House, LLC has launched TasteBook.com. The publishing house calls it a “lifestyle platform that celebrates food and offers friendly inspiration, engaging the community with recipes, original content, author exclusives, custom-made TasteBook cookbooks, and a curated bookshop experience.”
The Associated Press and British Movietone are uploading over 1,000,000 minutes worth of news footage to YouTube, The Verge’s Rich McCormick reported. Over 120 years, they have documented everything from the aftereffects of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the Pearl Harbor attack to the Tiananmen Square protest.