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You still have time if you want to see The Rainmaker at Mayslake Peabody Estate in
Oakbrook, Wednesday – Sunday through September 1.  Our staff member Hugh attended the Rainmaker at First Folio Theater’s opening night in its outdoor theater and says, ” The Rainmaker character had only began his magic charms and motions when the sky erupted with  thunder, lightning and downpour, scattering audience and cast to cars and shelter.  On
a later night, the Rainmaker was less effective in bringing deluge, but did
bring blessings and benefit to the family who had originally thought him a fraud
and swindler.  I enjoyed this heartwarming, funny play of family
quarrels and dilemma of what to do about the spinster daughter.”  The library owns the film version  or you can request the play.

Try out trendy tablets

You can sample a variety of multimedia tablets at our TechBar located in front of the Adult Services Ask Us Desk.   We currently have on display the Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy  2, Coby MID8065 and Blackberry Playbook.  You can use any of these devices with our eMagazine and eBook collections.  Staff have already installed the Apps for eMagazines (Zinio) and eBooks (Overdrive).

Shakespeare revised

Do you think you might enjoy watching Shakespeare  performed with mountain music under the stars? One of our staff suggests you try Cymbeline at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Wednesdays– Sundays through July 21.  First Folio Theater brings this 400 year old play up to Civil War times with West Virginian accent and flavor for the audience’s enjoyment.  He did enjoy this outdoor experience but wondered if this were a tragedy, comedy, or Shakespeare & First Folio just having fun spinning a preposterous tale.

It’s a consumer time of year

We recently received the December issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which includes its annual, very helpful coverage on electronics.  Come in and take a look at this for reviews and information about the hot new devices: tablets, phones, e-readers, cameras.  Don’t forget that with your library card you also have access to our Consumer Reports database. Here’s the link to our list:, or search it here in the library.