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					FALL / WINTER 2007                                                                                        VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4
                                                  JONATHAN EIG
    LIBRARY                     Thursday, September 27th at 7:00pm - 1st Floor
     HOURS                Jonathan Eig is the author of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s
                          First Season and the New York Times best-selling Luckiest Man: The Life
                          and Death of Lou Gehrig. Luckiest Man won the Casey Award for the best
   Monday - Thursday      baseball book of 2005 and was reviewed in the New York Times Book
      9am - 9pm           Review as the “first rank of sports biographies.”
         Friday           Eig originally hails from Brooklyn, NY but graduated from Northwestern
       9am - 6pm          University in Chicago with a journalism degree. He has worked as a
                          newspaper reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Dallas
        Saturday          Morning News, and then Chicago magazine, eventually becoming executive
       9am - 5pm          editor of the magazine. He is now a senior special reporter for the Chicago
                          Bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Eig has written for Esquire,
       Sunday             New Republic, and Men’s Health. This program is sponsored by the Friends
      1pm - 5pm           of the Library. Autographed copies of Eig’s books will be available for sale.

                                                LIESL SCHILLINGER
    LIBRARY                           Thursday, October 25th at 7:00pm - 1st Floor
                          Liesl Schillinger is best known for writing for monumental publications such as The
   CLOSINGS               New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and London’s The
                          Independent on Sunday, but this Yale graduate’s resume is as varied and
                          interesting as she is. She began her professional writing career at The New Yorker
Saturday, September 1st   in 1988 as a fact checker, but then became a theatre and dance editor for the
  CARPET CLEANING         magazine. She spent a year living in Moscow as an editor of the English
                          supplement of Moscow Magazine and wrote for the New Republic magazine there.
                          Schillinger is the cousin of Kankakee’s Rosemary Pistorius and is a native of
Monday, September 3rd                                                                                             Liesl Schillinger
                          Illinois. You will want to seize the opportunity to meet this intriguing writer. This
    LABOR DAY             program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

  Monday, October 8th
   COLUMBUS DAY                                         AARON ELSTER: Holocaust Survivor
                                                              Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00pm - 1st Floor
 Thursday, October 11th                               Aaron Elster is a child survivor of the Holocaust. He was born in 1933 in the
    IN-SERVICE DAY                                    small northeastern village of Sokolow-Podlaski in Poland. Aaron lived in the
                                                      Sokolow Ghetto with his two sisters, mother and father until the liquidation
Sunday, November 11th                                 of the ghetto in September 1942. He escaped the liquidation and hid in
                                                      various surrounding farms. Eventually, Aaron found refuge in the attic of a
                                                      Polish family, where he hid for two years until the war's end. After the war
                                                      Aaron lived in several orphanages throughout Poland, and eventually was
 Wednesday, November                                  smuggled out of Poland to various DP camps in West Germany.
        21st                                          Aaron Elster and his sister came to the United States in June of 1947. He
   5:00pm CLOSING                                     was educated in Chicago and served in the armed forces in Korea. Now
                                                      married with 2 sons and 2 grandchildren, he is an active member of the
Thursday, November 22nd                               community, serving as Co-Chairman of the Speakers' Bureau and Vice Presi-
     THANKSGIVING                                     dent at the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois. Additionally, he
                                                      serves as Chairman of the Speaker's Bureau for the Hidden Children Asso-
                                                      ciation. He has written a book I Still See Her Haunting Eyes about his Holo-
                                Aaron Elster          caust experiences. Mr. Elster continues to speak extensively about his ex-
                                 as a child           periences and lessons of the Holocaust.
  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                                                              Page 2

                                               KIDS PROGRAMS
Story & Craft Times                                                   Cubbies
Saturday,September 8th                        1:00pm                  Cubbies is an interactive story hour for children birth through
Saturday, October 6th                         10:00am                 preschool that meets every Monday at 10am. Cubbies includes
(October is baseball and popcorn theme for KALA event)                a themed story, a craft and a healthy snack.
Saturday, November 10th                       1:00pm                  September 10th - Colors
                                                                      September 17th - Wild & Wooly read by author Mary Jessie
Home @ Your Library                                                            Parker with a book signing - see below
Wednesday, September 19th                      10:30am                September 24th - Teddy Bear Picnic
Wednesday, October 17th                        10:30am                October 1st - Fire Safety
No meeting for November                                               October 15th - Rainforests
Wednesday, December 19th                       10:30am                October 22nd - Dinosaurs
This program is designed for homeschoolers of all ages. Join          October 29th - Statue of Liberty
us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. You will have the               November 5th - Drums
chance to get in shape with a back to school workout and              November 19th - Games & Puzzles
share your knowledge of computers, criminal science and               November 26th - Native American Day
many other skills! This program will run September - April.           December 3rd - Reindeer Day
                                                                      December 10th - South Pole
Cover-to Cover/Survivor Book Club                                     December 17th - Jammin’ Gingerbread
Tuesday , September 11th                        6:30pm
Tuesday, October 9th                            6:30pm                Meet the Author: Mary Jessie Parker
Tuesday, November 13th                          6:30pm                Monday, September 17th at 10am
No meeting in December                                                Mary Jessie Parker, a writer of children’s fiction and a
Join the Youth Services staff on the 2nd Tuesday of each month        life-long resident of central Illinois was born in
for a new, fun and surprising event. This program is open to all      Kankakee and now lives in Newman with her husband.
kids grades Kindergarten                                              She has written 3 books, Nightfire!, City Storm and Wild
through 12th grade. The theme                                         and Woolly and has a 4th book due out in 2008 called Our Winter
this season is Survivor. You                                          Deer. She will be reading Wild and Woolly during story time and
will experience a different pro-                                      will autograph copies of her books.
gram each month about
“surviving” with books recom-
mended by the Kankakee                                                 Celebrate Good Times…Read Together!
Public Library.                                                        Family Reading Night is a statewide event when families are
                                                                       ecouraged to spend quality time reading together. Join the
                                                                       Kankakee Public Library, schools, and families as we collaborate
American Girl Club Ages: 7 - 11                                        and coordinate activities to encourage reading.
Journey through time exploring the world of American Girl.
Learn what it means to be an American Girl through sto-
ries of heart and hope.
Dino Dudes Ages: 7 - 11
Learn about habits and habitats of prehistoric creatures,
through information and crafts. Get a chance to experi-
ence what life was like among the dinosaurs.
Sign ups for the American Girl Club and the Dino Dudes
begin August 20th. Registration is limited. These clubs
meet the 4th Tuesday of every month, September - April.
Tuesday, September 25th                         6:30pm                 Sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian
Tuesday, October 23rd                           6:30pm
Tuesday, November 27th                          6:30pm                 King Middle School’s Spooky Family Reading Night @ the Library
No meeting for December                                                Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30pm
                                                                       LCC Montessori Family Reading Night @ the Library
Rebecca Caudill Club (RCC) Ages: 4th grade to 8th grade                Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 pm
Monday, September 17th                            6:30pm               Kennedy Middle School Family Reading Night @ the Library
Monday, October 15th                              6:30pm               Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 pm
Monday, November 19th                             6:30pm
Monday, December 17th                             6:30pm
We will read through the list of Rebecca Caudill books nominated for the 2008 award.           Special Events
The Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award is a program sponsored by the Illinois
Association of Teachers of English, the Illinois Reading Council, and the Illinois School      Save the Dates!
Library Media Association. The program is named after children’s author Rebecca                Spooky Night at the Library
Caudill, who lived and worked in Urbana, Illinois. There are 20 books on the list and we       Friday, October 26th        6:30pm
encourage you to read as many as possible. At each club meeting, the 3rd Monday of             Frosty’s Fun Town - A Christmas Event
every month, we will discuss the Caudill books that we read.                                   Friday, December 14th       6:30pm
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                                  PROJECT NEXT GENERATION
                         Project Next Generation – Fall Session 2007
  Project Next Generation (PNG) is an exciting program sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State
  and State Librarian, that gives students the opportunity to experience new technologies, explore
  life skills, and have fun at the library.

  The Fall Session of PNG is an after school activity at the Kankakee Public Library on Tuesday &
  Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:00p.m. The program starts September 18, 2007 and ends October
  17, 2007. This session of PNG focuses on web design and maintenance. Adobe Dreamweaver
  and Adobe Flash software will be explored. Mentors work with the participants to develop techno-
  logical skills and guide them in effective communication, goal setting, and conflict resolution.

  There is no charge to participate in Project Next Generation or for any of the program’s field trips or
  activities. Participants are expected to commit to the entire length of the program. PNG Program
  applications will be available at the Kankakee Public Library from August 20, 2007 thru September 10, 2007. There will be a total of
  8 students selected to participate in the program. Be sure to pick up and complete an application packet and return it to the
  Kankakee Public Library by September 10, 2007.

  If you have any questions please contact Roland Johnson, PNG Lead Mentor at the Kankakee Public Library 815-939-4564 or email
  him at

                                                TEEN PROGRAMS
Teen Writer’s Club                                                        Game Days
Thursday, September 27th                          6:30pm                  Saturday, September 22nd                         noon—3pm
Thursday, October 25th                            6:30pm                  Saturday, October 27th                           noon—3pm
Thursday, November 29th                           6:30pm                  No meeting in November
Thursday, December 27th                           6:30pm                  Saturday, December 22nd                          noon—3pm
Are you interested in writing? Want to become a writer someday?           Join us for our Video Game Tourna-
Then the Teen Writer’s Club is for you. This club explores different      ments every fourth Saturday. Com-
styles of writing including poetry and short stories. Write and share!    pete against other teens in Madden
Join us on the last Thursday of each month.                               ’07 on PS3, Dance Dance Revolution
                                                                          and Wii Sports. Get a chance to win
Anime Sundays                                                             cool prizes. Great fun for Jr. high and
Sunday, September 30th                         2:00pm                     high school students. Watch the teen
Sunday, October 28th                           2:00pm                     calendar for gaming events every
Sunday, November 25th                          2:00pm                     month. Snacks always provided.
No meeting for December
Join us for a new Japanese animation movie every                          Game Tournament
month. Check out our latest Manga additions and                           Saturday, December 29th                        1:00pm
meet other Anime enthusiasts. Movies will be shown in                     Wii invite you to the latest KPL Game Tourney. Are you the
the third floor meeting room on the last Sunday of each                   hottest player in your neighborhood on DDR, PS2, Xbox or
month.                                                                    Wii? Now you can prove it! Old-school games like Battleship,
                                                                          Monopoly, and Clue will be played too. We’ll have snacks to
Harry Potter Party                                                        keep you fueled for gaming.
Saturday, November 24th                           1:00pm
Join us as we muggles say farewell to J.K. Rowling’s world famous boy     TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
wizard Harry Potter. Games, prizes and snacks straight from Hogwarts      Monday, September 10th                          6:30pm
will be had by all. Don’t miss this last Harry hurrah!                    No meeting for October
                                                                          Monday, November 12th                           6:30pm
                                                                          Monday, December 10th                           6:30pm
                                                                          TAB is a program that allows teens to get involved at the Li-
                                                                          brary and in our community. These meetings give teens an
                                                                          opportunity to plan events, brainstorm ideas and show their
                                                                          creativity. Discussion about various topics can bring out fas-
Check out the Teen Zone Website & Join Us on Myspace!                     cinating conversations. It helps teens to become aware of
Want to stay informed on all the latest events and happenings for         their surroundings and resources that can be used here at
teens at the library? Check out our website at www.lions-                 the library and in the community. Meetings will be held on or add us to your friends list on Myspace             the second Monday of each month except for the month of                                                 October.
  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                                                                Page 4

                                       GENEALOGY PROGRAMS
Unpolished Gems: The Irregular Indexes of Cook County                 How To Research Your House
Saturday, September 8th at 1:00pm - 3rd Floor Meeting Room            Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm - 3rd Floor Meeting Room
The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society will be sponsoring this      Interested in determining the history of your home? Items to be
program with Jeanne Larzelere-Bloom who will talk about how to        discussed will include architectural styles, use of construction ma-
find and search some of those Cook County records that most           terials, tracing previous owners, governmental searches including
people don’t even know exist. Beginning in 1871, the indexes          tax assessor and register of deeds. Registration is required - call
include pre-1916 birth/death affidavits and change of surnames.       815-939-4564 or stop at the third floor desk to sign up.

Small Town Heritage: Life in Illinois Communities 1870-1920            Beginning Genealogy
Saturday, October 13th at 1:00pm - 3rd Floor Meeting Room              Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30pm - 3rd Floor Meeting Room
Dr. John E. Hallwas will discuss the time when small Illinois towns    Discovering your family’s history is much like solving a puzzle. Take
were thriving economic centers as well as deeply meaningful            the clues you have, add information from the many resources avail-
places for local residents. This program is sponsored by               able and create a document for future generations. Learn how to
Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society and is made possible in           begin unraveling the puzzles and documenting your facts. Regis-
part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the Na-         tration is required - call 815-939-4564 or stop at the third floor
tional Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General           desk to sign up.

Stories of the Korean Conflict
Saturday, November 10th at 1:00pm - 3rd Floor Meeting Room
Robert Simpson, who is a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a
Bradley resident, will talk about his experiences on the frontlines
of the “police action” between North and South Korea in 1951.
This program is sponsored by Kankakee Valley
Genealogical Society.

                                                                      Online genealogical databases available are (in li-
                                                                      brary use only), historical Sanborn Insurance Maps and Heri-
                                                                      tageQuest (home access available for both with your Kankakee
                                                                      Library card) and Kankakee Obituary Index with over 50,000

                                                                      New in the Genealogy Room
                                                                      Iroquois County Cemetery books for Ash Grove, Belmont, Concord,
                                                                      Crescent, Danforth, Douglas, Iroquois, Loda, Middleport, Milford
Local History Quiz                                                    and Sheldon Townships. The remaining township books will be
How well do you know Kankakee history? Seven Kankakee may-            coming soon.
ors have served four or more terms. Can you name them?
Answer below.                                                         Kankakee Public Library staff member and genealogy expert, Nancy
                                                                      Arsenau, is available for genealogical research assistance in the
                                                                      Genealogy Room Tuesdays 9am - 5pm. Nancy and Betty Schatz,
Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society Christmas Party                  Genealogy Lead, are also available by phone, 815-939-4564 or
Saturday, December 8th                                                email
The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society Christmas Party time
and place will be announced at a later time.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Trip                                      WORLD WAR II DOCUMENTARY PROJECT – The Library is
We apologize but the field trip to the Abraham Lincoln                         currently working on a project in partnership with the
Presidential Library and Museum has been cancelled due                         Kankakee County Museum to produce local history docu-
to lack of interest.                                                           mentaries. The subject chosen for the first documentary is
                                                                               World War II. We have already interviewed several local
                                                                               veterans and are looking for more, especially African-
                                                                               American veterans of the War. Also, we would like to hear
Saturday, January 12th at 1 pm
                                                                               from anyone who can give us some homefront stories with
Authors John and Lenore Weiss of Wilmington will give a
                                                                               a Kankakee angle. Are you a veteran of the War but were-
presentation on the history of Route 66 at the Kankakee
                                                                               n’t actually on the frontlines? Were you a nurse? An air-
Valley Genealogical Society monthly meeting.
                                                                               craft mechanic? Were you a “Rosie the Riveter” at a war
                                                                               production plant? Do you have photos of yourself in uni-
  Green.                                                                       form? If so, please call the Adult Services Library staff at
  Louis E. Beckman, Albert f. Hattenberg, Tom Ryan, Don                        815/939-4564 or email Allison Beasley abeasley@lions-
  Answers: Truman Huling, F.D. Radeke, Henry Beckman,                 or Betty Schatz
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                           Page 5


Saturday 1st - Closed for Carpet Cleaning
Monday 3rd - Closed in observance of Labor Day
Thursday 6th - Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - The Myth of Me and You - see page 9
Saturday 8th - Unpolished Gems: Irregular Indexes of Cook County at 1pm - see page 4
        - Story & Craft Time at 1pm - see page 2
Monday 10th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
        - TAB Meeting at 6:30pm - see page 3
Tuesday 11th - Meet Your PC computer class at 10am - see page 8
        - Cover to Cover at 6:30pm - see page 2
Wednesday 12th - Mouse & Keyboard computer class at 10am - see page 8
Thursday 13th - Karen Hanson at 7pm - see page 9
Monday 17th - Cubbies with guest Mary Jessie Parker at 10am - see page 2
        - Rebecca Caudill Club at 6:30pm - see page 2
Wednesday 19th - Internet Basics computer class at 10am - see page 8
        - Home @ Your Library at 10:30am - see page 2
Thursday 20th - Non-Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - Physical: An American Checkup - see page 9
Saturday 22nd - Game Day at Noon - see page 3
Monday 24th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Tuesday 25th - American Girl Club and Dino Dudes at 6:30pm - see page 2
        - Soul Collections Book Discussion at 7pm - Red River - see page 9
Thursday 27th - Jonathan Eig at 7pm - see page 1
       - Teen Writer’s Club at 6:30pm - see page 3
Sunday 30th - Anime Sunday at 2pm - see page 3

Monday 1st - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Tuesday 2nd - How To Research Your House at 6:30pm - see page 4
       - Email Basics computer class at 10am - see page 8
Wednesday 3rd - Troubleshooting Basics computer class at 10am - see page 8
        - Todd Mishler at 7pm - see page 9
Thursday 4th - Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - Remember Me - see page 9
Saturday 6th - Story & Craft Time at 10am - see page 2
        - Bill Guertin and Andrew Corbus at 1pm - see page 9
Monday 8th - Closed in observance of Columbus Day
        - Museum of Science and Industry trip - see page 7
Tuesday 9th - Microsoft Word Basics computer class at 10am - see page 8
        - Cover to Cover at 6:30pm - see page 2
        - Beginning Genealogy at 6:30pm - see page 4
Wednesday 10th - Microsoft Word Intermediate computer class at 10am - see page 8
Thursday 11th - Closed for staff in-service
Saturday 13th - Small Town Heritage at 1pm - see page 4
Sunday 14th - Hitler’s Lost Sub at 1:30pm - see page 7
Monday 15th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
        - Rebecca Caudill Club at 6:30pm - see page 2
Tuesday 16th - Basic Photo Editing computer class at 10am - see page 8
Wednesday 17th - Advanced Photo Editing computer class at 10am - see page 8
        - Home @ Your Library at 10:30am - see page 2
Thursday 18th - Non-Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - Playing with the Enemy - see page 9
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                            Page 6


Monday 22nd - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Tuesday 23rd - Microsoft PowerPoint computer class at 10am - see page 8
       - American Girl Club and Dino Dudes at 6:30pm - see page 2
       - Soul Collection Book Discussion at 7pm - It’s No Secret - see page 9
Wednesday 24th - Microsoft Publisher computer class at 10am - see page 8
Thursday 25th - Liesl Schillinger at 7pm - see page 1
        - Teen Writer’s Club at 6:30pm - see page 3
Friday 26th - Spooky Night at 6:30pm - see page 2
Saturday 27th - Game Day at Noon - see page 3
Sunday 28th - Anime Sunday at 2pm - see page 3
Monday 29th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Tuesday 30th - Family Reading Night - King Middle School at 6:30pm - see page 2

Thursday 1st - Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - The Ha-Ha - see page 9
Monday 5th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Thursday 8th - Family Reading Night - LCC Montessori at 6:30pm - see page 2
Saturday 10th - Stories of the Korean Conflict at 1pm - see page 4
        - Story & Craft Time at 1pm - see page 2
Sunday 11th - Closed in observance of Veteran’s Day - see page 1
Monday 12th - TAB Meeting at 6:30pm - see page 3
Tuesday 13th - Cover to Cover at 6:30pm - see page 2
        - Aaron Elster at 7pm - see page 1
Thursday 15th - Family Reading Night - Kennedy Middle School at 6:30pm - see page 2
        - Non-Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - Thunderstruck - see page 9
Monday 19th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
        - Rebecca Caudill Club at 6:30pm - see page 2
Wednesday 21st - 5pm closing in observance of Thanksgiving - see page 1
Thursday 22nd - Closed in observance of Thanksgiving - see page 1
Saturday 24th - Harry Potter Party at 1pm - see page 3
Sunday 25th - Anime Sunday at 2pm - see page 3
Monday 26th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Tuesday 27th - Soul Collections Book Discussion at 7pm - Any Rich Man Will Do - see page 9
        - American Girl Club and Dino Dudes at 6:30pm - see page 2
Thursday 29th - Teen Writer’s Club at 6:30pm - see page 3

Monday 3rd - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
Thursday 6th - Fiction Book Discussion at 7pm - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
        - see page 9
Saturday 8th - Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society Christmas Party - see page 4
Monday 10th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
        - TAB Meeting at 6:30pm - see page 3
Friday 14th - Frosty’s Fun Town at 6:30pm - see page 2
Monday 17th - Cubbies at 10am - see page 2
        - Rebecca Caudill Club at 6:30pm - see page 2
Wednesday 19th - Home @ Your Library at 10:30am - see page 2
Saturday 22nd - Game Day at Noon - see page 3
Monday 24th - Closed in observance of Christmas Eve
Tuesday 25th - Closed in observance of Christmas
Thursday 27th - Teen Writer’s Club at 6:30pm - see page 3
Saturday 29th - Game Tournament at 1pm - see page 3
Monday 31st - Closed in observance of New Year’s Eve
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                                                               Page 7

Playing with the Enemy
A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams
By Gary W. Moore
                              It was true in the 1940s, and it is still true today: if you have
                              talent, someone will notice. In Gene Moore’s case, that
                              someone was the Brooklyn Dodgers. Gene Moore was a
                              farm boy from Sesser, Illinois, a town so small even mapmak-
                              ers ignored it. As a teenager, when he wasn’t in school or
                              helping his Pop on the farm, Gene was playing baseball with
                              the guys on the town team. Gene could hit the ball farther
                              than anyone else; and he was the best catcher anyone had
                              ever seen. Word spread across the country about the 15-
                              year-old country boy who could hit the ball a country mile.
                              Headed for baseball stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers,              Hitler’s Lost Sub
                              Gene’s destiny was interrupted by Pearl Harbor. After playing       Sunday, October 14th at 1:30pm
                              ball for the Navy in the Azores and North Africa, Gene and his      Join us for a showing of the NOVA docu-
                              team were sent to the States for a special - and top secret -       mentary Hitler’s Lost Sub. In 1991, pro-
                              mission: guarding German sailors captured from U-505.               fessional diver John Chatterton discov-
                              Unable to field a team, Gene convinced his commander to             ered a sunken German U-boat from
                              allow him to teach the enemy how to play baseball while he          World War II, lying undetected only 60
         Gary Moore           and his teammates waited for the war to end so they could           miles off the New Jersey shore, its unex-
                              be called up into the Major Leagues. But Gene’s future              ploded torpedoes and the bodies of its
                              changed irrevocably in Louisiana. His life...and maybe our          crew still aboard. This two-hour special
national pastime…was forever altered.                                                             follows Chatterton and his dive partners
                                                                                                  in their dangerous quest to identify the
Inspired by true events, Playing with the Enemy is the riveting story of a depression era         missing U-boat, a pursuit that took six
youth and his brush with destiny. Author Gary Moore, Gene’s son, didn’t learn of his fa-          years and cost three lives. The U-boat's
ther’s remarkable odyssey through WorldWar II and minor league baseball until the day             history involves unusual coincidences
before Gene’s death. The stunning news sent the son on his own odyssey as he re-                  and a startling twist of fate. The popular
searched his father’s life and interviewed dozens of people. The astonishing story of Gene        book Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Moore’s life in and out of baseball is an exciting and often heart-wrenching saga that will       was based on this documentary.
capture the heart of every red- blooded American who can still smell the fresh-cut summer
grass or remember how it felt to tie on the cleats while dreaming of making it to the big
leagues. Jammed with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country’s
history, is a story that will be read and reread for generations to

Playing with the Enemy is currently being filmed as a major motion
picture starring Tommy Lee Jones. Author Gary W. Moore is the
president and managing partner of Covenant Air & Water, LLC, a
motivational speaker, and an accomplished musician. Gary lives in
Bourbonnais, Illinois.

                                                                          Check out this field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry co-
                                                                          hosted by the Kankakee Area Library Association and the Kankakee
Gary Moore’s Playing with the Enemy                                       Valley Park District. Explore the U-505, which is referenced in
Kankakee area libraries have chosen to read Playing with the              Playing with the Enemy by local author Gary Moore. Whether you’re
Enemy for their book discussions in the month of October. Mr.             interested in local history, baseball, WWII, or reading an inspiring
                                                                          story which is being made into a major motion picture, you’ll want
Moore will make appearances at these events:
                                                                          to read this book, and once you read the book you’ll want to explore
October 9th - Manteno Public Library - 4:00pm                             this German U-boat.
October 15th - Bradley Public Library - 10:00am or
         7:00pm                                                           Date: Monday, October 8th
October 16th - Bourbonnais Public Library -                               Fee: $20.00 (includes bus and admission for U-505 Sub tour)
         7:00pm                                                           Depart: 8:00 a.m. (from Bird Park Band Shell)
October 17th - Bradley Bourbonnais                                        Arrive Home: 4:30 pm
         Community High School - 10:00am                                  Ages: All (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
October 18th - Kankakee Public Library - 7:00pm
October 22nd - Kankakee High School - 2:00pm                              The lunch room is reserved at 12:00 pm for our group so be sure to
October 24th - Momence Public Library - 7:00pm                            bring your own sack lunch!

                                                                          Contact the Kankakee Valley Park District to register at 815-939-
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                                                                        Page 8

                                           COMPUTER CLASSES
                Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please call 815-939-4564 to reserve a spot - space is limited.
   All classes are held in the third floor meeting room and are free. Sign up sheets are located at the third floor Adult Services Desk.

                                                       BASIC CLASSES
Meet Your PC                                      Mouse & Keyboard                                  Internet Basics
Tuesday, September 11th            10 - noon      Wednesday, September 12th         10 - noon       Wednesday, September 19th            10 - noon
Interested in getting rid of the “Magic Box       This hands-on class will include basic            This class is for the first-time Internet user.
Syndrome”? In this class, we will actually        computer terminology and patrons will be          We will cover web terminology, getting
look at the inside of a computer and talk         shown proper keyboarding and mouse                connected to internet, basic searching,
about hardware. Basic information on              techniques. This class is geared toward the       using web pages, determining trustworthy
mousing, Windows, and computer terminol-          first-time computer user.                         websites, and avoiding web dangers
ogy will be covered.                                                                                and viruses.

Email Basics                                      Troubleshooting Basics
Tuesday, October 2nd              10 - noon       Wednesday, October 3rd           10 - noon
This class will cover how to send/receive         Protecting your computer from viruses and
email, how email works, email security,           spyware is important for good computer
downloading and sending attachments,              hygiene. Learn how to keep your computer
and address/contact lists. We will look at        running smoothly by using a firewall, how to
Yahoo! email as an example.                       add/remove programs, and other basic do’s
                                                  and don't’s.

                                               ADVANCED CLASSES
          For the advanced classes it is necessary to have mastered the use of the mouse and to have good keyboarding skills.

Microsoft Word Basics                              Microsoft Word Intermediate                      Basic Photo Editing
Tuesday, October 9th               10 - noon       Wednesday, October 10th            10 - noon     Tuesday, October 16th               10 - noon
Learn basic skills for entering, correcting and    Learn how to format sections, insert section     The Picasa photo editing program will be
revising text on a computer. Learn how to          breaks, and set up headers and footers.          used to demonstrate the basics on how to
select and format text, set margins, align         Also, learn how to use table cells to organize   simply edit your digital photos. Cropping
paragraphs, and use cut and paste.                 information in rows and columns, and insert      and getting rid of red-eye will be among the
                                                   images.                                          topics covered.
Advanced Photo Editing                            Introduction Microsoft PowerPoint                 Introduction Microsoft Publisher
Wednesday, October 17th            10 - noon      Tuesday, October 23rd              10 - noon      Wednesday, October 24th              10 - noon
In this hands on class, you will be introduced    PowerPoint is the premier presentation pro-       Publisher is a program that is used to cre-
to the free graphics editor Paint Shop Pro.       gram used in professional settings. In this       ate professional documents like newslet-
We will discuss how to fix common color and       hands on session, you will be introduced to       ters, flyers, invitations, business cards and
contrast problems, repair imperfections, and      techniques for creating attractive presenta-      much more. In this class you will learn the
resize your images for emailing, web posting      tions. Included will be: making text slides,      basic tools and commands necessary to
or printing.                                      making picture slides, adding animations,         create these documents.
                                                  choosing transitions and attaching sounds.

Community Outreach Computer Classes                                        Legal Self Help Center
The Kankakee Public Library has been awarded a Bridging the                The Kankakee Public Library, the Kankakee County Courthouse,
Digital Divide grant by the Illinois Department of Commerce and            Prairie State Legal, and Illinois Legal Aid Online have teamed up to
Economic Development to provide community-wide on-site basic               provide two Self Help Centers in Kankakee. There is a Self Help
computer instruction. This grant has allowed for a purchase of 11          Center available in the Kankakee County Courthouse and also one
laptop computers and the money to have staff teach computer                located on the third floor of the Kankakee Public Library where
classes out in the Kankakee community.                                     users can access the Kankakee Illinois Legal Aid Online website
If you are involved in a group or organization or know someone who and trained library staff are
would benefit from hands-on computer classes, please call the              available to help navigate this site with users.
Kankakee Public Library at 815-939-4564 and ask for                        Library staff members are not lawyers and they cannot give legal
Stephen Bertrand or email at                   advice, but they can help users to obtain legal forms such as order
                                                                           of protections, expungement forms, divorce forms, and more. This
                                                                           is a free service and is available to the public all the hours that the
                                                                           Kankakee Public Library is open: Monday – Thursday 9am-9pm;
                                                                           Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; and Sunday (Sept 2007-
                                                                           May 2008) 1pm-5pm. For more information, contact the
                                                                           Kankakee Public Library staff at 815-939-4564 or email
                                                                           Allison Beasley
  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4                                                                                                                   Page 9

                                          ADULT PROGRAMS
                                   Karen Hanson
                                   Beyond the Northside Blues Clubs: Where Else You Can Go to Hear Live Blues
                                   in Chicagoland
                                   Thursday, September 13th at 7:00pm - 1st Floor
                                   Karen Hanson was a busy suburban mom when she discovered the Chess album, The Best of Muddy
                                   Waters, in a discount bin at the mall record store. She played it continuously in the stereo of her mini-
                                   van for a year and a half. That’s how she got hooked on the blues.
                                   She now works as a freelance journalist in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. As a serious blues fan,
                                   Karen has profiled blues artists and reviewed CDs for several blues websites and publications. She
                                   has also hosted online blues chats and forums. She teaches writing and literature at DeVry University
                                   in Tinley Park. Books will be available for sale at this program.
           Karen Hanson

                             Todd Mishler
                             Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm - 1ST Floor
                             Author and freelance sports writer Todd Mishler chronicles the Big Ten’s greatest
                             football rivalries in a new book from Big Earth Publishing. Mishler interviewed
                             dozens of former players and coaches to capture the flavor, both on and off the
                             field, surrounding what is arguably college football’s best and most historic confer-
                             ence. Scores, statistics and highlights cover the teams from the series’ begin-
                             nings in the late 1800s to the showdown between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2
                             Michigan in November 2006. Books will be available for sale at this program.

          Todd Mishler

Bill Guertin & Andrew Corbus
Reality Sells: How To Bring Customers Back Again and Again By Marketing Your
Genuine Story
Saturday, October 6th at 1:00pm - 1st Floor
Have you ever asked yourself “How could my business be more appealing to others?” “What
should I be saying in my advertising?” “Is there something customers are looking for today?”
“How can I improve my message?” Authors Bill Guertin and Andrew Corbus will be talking
about how reality TV has created a demand for authenticity in business, the need for every
business to have and use their genuine story and how to craft your own story, no matter what
business you’re in, using the Four Laws of Authenticity.
Books will be available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of           Bill Guertin and Andrew Corbus
the Kankakee Public Library.

                                    ADULT BOOK DISCUSSIONS
            All book discussions are held in the third floor meeting room from 7:00 - 8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Fiction Book Discussions                        “Soul Collections” Book Discussions                Non-
                                                                                                   Non-Fiction Book Discussions
Join us for our traditional fiction book dis-   Join us for our “Soul Collections” book discus-    Join us for our non-fiction book discussions.
cussions. This discussion group meets the       sions. Featured are books by African Ameri-        This book group meets the third Thursday of
first Thursday of every month.                  can authors. This discussion group meets the       every month.
                                                fourth Tuesday of every month.
September 6th - The Myth of Me and You                                                             September 20th - Physical: An American
       by Leah Stewart                          September 25th - Red River                                Checkup by James McManus
                                                       by Lalita Tademy
October 4th - Remember Me                                                                          October 18th - Playing with the Enemy
         by Trezza Azzopardi                    October 23rd - It’s No Secret                               by Gary Moore
                                                         by Carmen Bryan                           Author will be at this book discussion.
November 1st - The Ha-Ha
       by Dave King                             November 27th - Any Rich Man Will Do               November 15th - Thunderstruck
                                                       by Francis Ray                                     by Erik Larson
December 6th - The Lion, the Witch and the
       Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis              December - No Book Discussion                           December - No Book Discussion
                                                                                                                          U.S. Postage

                                                                                                                         Kankakee, IL
              Director’s Column                                                                                         Permit No. 201

           This summer our Library and community experienced a
great loss. Mary Jo Johnston, the person who has been largely re-
sponsible for many of our Library’s impressive programs unexpect-
edly passed away. She was an avid reader, a Library trustee, a for-
mer President of the Friends of the Library, as well as the Program
Chair for our Friends group the past two years.
           It was hard, if not impossible, to say “no” to Mary, as many                             INSERT LABEL HERE
major authors such as Stuart Dybek, Lois Lowry, Richard Peck, and
Elizabeth Berg discovered. In a recent email Pulitzer Prize Nomi-
nated author, Luis Urrea, described Mary as being a “great light.”
The Library staff and the Friends of the Library are committed to
keeping her light burning brightly by continuing her efforts to bring
the best programs possible to the people of Kankakee. We have a
full slate of programs for fall, and are working on some fabulous
programs for spring. I hope you’ll join us and bring a new friend to
the Library.
           This edition of the Mane Event is dedicated to Mary Jo.

                                       See you in the stacks,
                                       Cindy Fuerst
                                       Library Director

                                                                          Mary Jo introducing Former
                                                                          Governor George Ryan and
                                                                               Lura Lynn Ryan

Mayor Donald Green, Luis
   Urrea and Mary Jo

                                                                                                            Mary Jo anxiously awaits a
                                                                                                                  program start

                                                                                                           Not only was Mary Jo known
                                                                                                           around the Library, she was a
                                                                                                           prominent public figure in the
                                                                                                           community. Her passing on
                                                                                                           August 7th was an irreplaceable
                                                                      Mary Jo with Elizabeth Berg          loss and a shock for many
         Mary Jo with Walt Harrington

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