Do you think Comics and Graphic Novels are just for nerds? Do you think they’re just for little kids? Do you think people who enjoy books with illustrations are bad at reading? Well, join host Danny Rice this month as we buck all of the stereotypes surrounding this genre of literature. Danny talks with “nearly professional” comic author/artist Andrew Lorenzi and Librarian/huge comic fan Jesse Wyer about the joys, stigmas, and future of Comics and Graphic Novels, and Unofficial Sound Engineer Rob even chimes in once or twice!
Bloomington (IL) Public Library is bringing New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson to Bloomington on April 12, 2017, to discuss his book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, during a free author presentation at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.
This month on Shelf Understanding, host Danny Rice and Larson go over Larson’s methods and his inspiration via telephone. We learn that a stumbled-upon footnote noting the debut of Juicy Fruit Gum during the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 inspired Larson to write The Devil in the White City which highlights the true tales of two men at the time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Interwoven in the book’s pages is the story of Daniel Burnham, the architect who is charged with constructing the fairgrounds and all its buildings, as well as the story of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the backdrop of the fair to lure people to their deaths.
And though he’s not a fan of heights, Larson assures us that he would have found a way to ride the very first Ferris Wheel which debuted at the 1893 Fair as “competition” to the Eiffel Tower which was unveiled at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. One must understand that this is not today’s Ferris Wheel; this Ferris Wheel could carry 2,160 people per rotation.
Often, technology advances faster than we can keep track. Virtual Reality is one such example, so let’s get to the bottom of what makes this tech craze so appealing. We’ll also look into some of its more meaningful uses, and try to defuse a virtual time bomb. “Try” being the key word…
Everyone learns differently. But did you know that your brain might learn differently simply based on your given situation? Join host Danny Rice, librarian Rachel Park, and Heartland Community College professor Zach Petrea as we discuss a new way of learning, teaching, and thinking: Universal Design For Learning.
This month, Shelf Understanding host Danny Rice discusses Tiny Houses with contractor Mike Robinson, a member of a local makeshift task force that is working with the City of Bloomington to reshape zoning laws in an effort to provide space for tiny houses for those in need of housing. Robinson is part of a team that constructed a 156-square-foot Tiny House which is now touring local sites. Rice also talks with Tiny House dwellers, Clare and Armondo Báez, organic farmers who spent nine months living on a 240-square-foot Skoolie – a 1973 Crown Coach School Bus – with their two sons who are both under the age of 5.
On this month’s edition of Shelf Understanding, our librarians are talking about puppetry with Samantha Anne Maggio who co-owns Suspended Belief Theater in Bloomington, IL, and with Michael Vetere, Associate Professor in the School of Theater and Dance at Illinois State University where he teaches creative drama and puppetry classes.
We love them! We’re scared of them! And you may not believe it, but there’s a Puppet Slam movement underway.
With the presidential election on the horizon, this month on Shelf Understanding librarian/host Danny Rice talks to Michael Weis, Professor of History at Illinois Wesleyan University, about nonvoting and how it affects the democratic process.
On the inaugural episode of Bloomington Public Library’s podcast – Shelf Understanding – our librarian/host Danny Rice talks to Candace Summers of the McLean County Museum of History and Rhys Lovell of Illinois Voices Theatre about the 22nd Annual Cemetery Walk at Bloomington’s Evergreen Cemetery. The 2016 walk offers public performances at 11am & 2pm on October 1, 2, 8 & 9.