Monday, October 13, 2014

Opera Resources at the Library

Link to Giovanni Program Book
Lyric Opera of Chicago's season is well underway with Don Giovanni, Mozart's "comic drama" based on the Don Juan story, running through October 29th; and Capriccio, Richard Strauss's "conversation piece for music" that weighs the importance of words against music, running through October 28th.  

Recordings, DVDs, scores. and librettos for opera-goers and others wanting to further their appreciation of any of this season's operas can be found at this link:  Lyric Opera of Chicago Resources 2014-15 Season.  Free streaming commentary for each opera is available through the
Lyric Opera's website at this link:  
Lyric Opera Commentaries 

More information about Don Giovanni can also be found in the Lyric Opera's complete program book (link to PDF is above) and in the following title and others like it from the library's collection:

Getting the most out of Mozart : the Vocal Works  by David Hurwitz (Amadeus Press, 2005).  This book begins with an overview of Mozart's operatic style and continues with chapters on several of Mozart's great operas, including Don Giovanni; placing each opera in the context of Mozart's other works, summarizing the plot, discussing orchestration, and the opera's characters and their music.  The accompanying CD includes a few arias from Don Giovanni as well as selections from other Mozart works.

Find out more about Capriccio in The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss  edited by Charles Youmans (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010).  Discussions of it can be found in the chapters on Strauss's last works, his musical quotations and allusions, and his musical commentary on the nature of music itself.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October is Lake Forest Reads:Ragdale Month

Join your friends and neighbors in reading the novel, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea during Lake Forest Reads:Ragdale, October’s celebration of literature and the arts in Lake Forest. Then choose from a schedule of related activities ranging from a festive Mariachi Band performance, to book discussions, to a lecture on Mexican-American border issues. The month-long calendar culminates in a visit by the author, Luis Alberto Urrea on October 28th. (Click here for the full schedule,)

Into the Beautiful North is the story of nineteen-year-old Nayeli who works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left for the U.S. when she was young. He hasn’t been home since then and his letters have stopped. While watching the film, The Magnificent Seven, she decides to go north herself and recruit seven men -- her own "Siete Magníficos"-- to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the banditos who plan on taking it over. This funny, poignant story deals with topical issues surrounding the United States’ relationship with Mexico and our policies along the Mexican-American border. 

Lake Forest Reads:Ragdale is a one book/one community program sponsored by Lake Forest Library and The Radgale Foundation.  The program encourages the Lake Forest community to read one book by a writer affiliated with Ragdale, the artists’ residency that has supported emerging and best-selling authors and their creative process for over 35 years. Community Partners include Dickinson Hall, Friends of Lake Forest Library, Jolly Good Fellows, and Lake Forest College. Programs are being held throughout the community and all are open to the public. Most are free unless otherwise noted.  Copies of the book are available to borrow at Lake Forest Library and to purchase at Lake Forest Book S

Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 13 books, Urrea has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Urrea's recent novel, Into the Beautiful North, a national best-seller, earned a citation of excellence from the American Library Association Rainbow's Project and was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.  Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall in Chocolate

     This years Lake Forest Reads Ragdale book selection is Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.  Read his novel and then stop in at the Adult Services Desk  to fill out a coupon to try Jolly Good Fellows Feisty Brownie  free with any $5.00 purchases  October 1 through November 1. 

Cover image for Seriously bitter sweet : the ultimate dessert maker's guide to chocolateSeriously Bitter Sweet : the Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate 
(Alice Medrich)    These days, people are accustomed to seeing chocolate labeled 54%, 61%, or 72% on grocery store shelves, but some bakers are still confused by what the labeling means and how to use it. In Seriously Bitter Sweet, Alice Medrich presents 150 meticulously tested, seriously delicious recipes—both savory and sweet—for a wide range of percentage chocolates.

Cover image for The paleo chocolate lovers' cookbook : 80 gluten-free treats for breakfast & dessertThe Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook : 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast & Dessert
(Kelly V. Brozyna) The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook features 80 gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes for the health-conscious chocolate lover. Kelly Brozyna, host of the delightful cooking blog, The Spunky Coconut, has created delicious chocolate treats made with coconut and ground nut flours for both breakfast and dessert. 

It's true that Anna Trent is a supervisor in a chocolate factory...but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. And when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris's elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna's new boss creates. But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.

Cover image for The chocolate heartThe Chocolate Heart
(Laura Florand)

When Summer Corey takes over ownership of the Parisian restaurant where chef Luc Leroi works, their workplace clashes turn into private passions.
Cover image for Chocolates for breakfast : [a novel]

Chocolates for breakfast : [a novel] 
(Pamela Moore)
Courtney Farrell is a disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen-year-old. She splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is a still-beautiful Hollywood actress. After a boarding-school crush on a female teacher ends badly, Courtney sets out to learn everything fast. Her first drink is a very dry martini, and her first kiss the beginning of a full-blown love affair with an older man.
A riveting coming-of-age story, Chocolates for Breakfast became an international sensation upon its initial publication in 1956, and it still stands out as a shocking and moving account of the way teenagers collide, often disastrously, against love and sex for the first time.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Crafts

Here are some recent craft and DIY titles from our collection having at least a few Fall-themed ideas that are highlighted in the annotations below.  Just click on the link to find the books in our catalog or give us a call at the Reference Desk (847-810-4610) to check availability.

Candy aisle crafts : create fun projects with supermarket sweets   Levine, Jodi.  (Potter Craft, 2014)

Regular grocery store candy finds are used to fashion festive treats.  Thinking Halloween?  Try the Boo and Spider cake topper using licorice candy sticks, shoestring licorice, and skewers (p. 34).  And alter regular s'more ingredients a bit with scissors to create Monster S'mores (p. 72).

Sheldon, Kathy. (Lark, 2014)
Much more cute than scary, along with the many Halloween projects are these strictly Fall ones: Silly Scarecrow Plant Picks (p. 58), Pumpkin Napkins (p. 76), and Felted Fall Acorns (p.96).

Mini quilts : fresh, fun patterns to quilt in a snap 
Davis, Jodie. (Taunton, 2013)

Among these 16" x 16" quilt patterns are many done in fall colors:  Frayed Star (p. 44), Hawaiian Gone Modern Stenciled Quilt (p. 54), and All Tied Up in Wool (p. 68). Each mini project highlights a quilting technique.  The book includes instructions for making mini quilts into other items such as a tote bag, quilt pillow, and table runner.

Modern quilt perspectives : 12 patterns for meaningful quilts 
Knauer, Thomas. (KP Craft, 2014)

This is a Fall craft book if you associate quilting with the cooler weather.  It has no Fall-themed quilts, but does contain patterns for 12 striking, imaginative, and symbolic quilts from artist and designer Thomas Knauer.

30 min-knits : what can you knit in half an hour or less?  Meldrum, Carol.  (Barron's, 2012)

These quick projects fall under the categories of Useful Items, Accessories, Whimsies, Hats and Headbands, and For Little People.  "Fallish" items include Apple Pincushion (p. 22), Pencil Case (p. 27), Picture Frames- school picture size (p.52) , Acorn (p. 95), and Tumbling Leaves (p. 96).