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Tuesday, May 26, 2009                 Issue No. 51


In this issue:
Celebrate Comic Books!
Read on the Wild Side
Green Corner - Go local!
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Celebrate Comic Books!

Why celebrate comic books or what are known as graphic novels today? Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the twentieth century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse story lines that capture the imagination of the readers.

Prince ValiantHal Foster is considered by some to be the "father" of comic strip. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute and yet is virtually unknown in this area. Working as an illustrator during the depression, Foster was asked to make 300 illustrations for the "Tarzan" comics. Although Foster hated the Tarzan character, he agreed to do a Sunday page with his illustrations. Capturing the attention of William Randolph Hearst, Foster then created Prince Valiant, where Foster proved he was a master artist and storyteller. The Prince Valiant comic strip still continues on today.

For more information about Hal Foster's life and work, stop by the library through the end of June to see the Hal Foster exhibit on display in the library's Genevieve Lincoln Room. This collection is curated by Sid Weiskirch.

Create Your Own Comic Book

Russell LissauThe library will also feature a workshop, How to Write Comic Books with Russell Lissau, on Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. Russell is a writer for DC Comics' "The Batman Strikes!" and for Ronin Studios; "Hope: New Orleans." This hands-on workshop on the craft of comic book writing will focus on pacing, dialogue, action and other key storytelling elements. Copies of Lissau's titles will be available for purchase following the program. For more information, call the Adult Services Reference Desk at 847-526-6225 ext. 203.


Read on the Wild Side

Looking for a wild and wonderful way to spend your summer? Come to the library and Read on the Wild Side! Reading logs will be available starting June 1.

For Toddlers through Grade 6

Join this exciting reading program that provides encouragement and rewards for reading or listening to books throughout the summer. All books read must be checked out from the Wauconda Area Library.

Kids who sign up between June 1 - 7 will be entered into a drawing for tickets to see Harry Potter: An Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago!

For Grade 7 through Adult

Venture out into the wild with a new genre or stick with your tried-and-true favorite authors. For every 50 pages you read, you'll be entered into one of our prize drawings. The more you read, the more chances you'll have to win!


Summer 2009 Focus
Registration for all other summer programs begins Monday, June 1 for Wauconda area library district residents.
Out-of-district registration begins on Monday, June 8. Registration is required for all programs except for those designated as drop-in programs. Call the library at 847-526-6225 or register online.

Green Corner


Green Corner
Shop your local farmer's markets!

Farmers markets are important, nationwide outlets for agricultural producers, offering consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more.

Even if the produce isn’t organic, purchasing locally grown food still benefits the environment by reducing carbon emissions used to ship produce across the country and is a great way to support our local farming community.

Reusable shopping bagThe Illinois Department of Agriculture website offers a directory of farmer's markets by county, including for Lake and McHenry counties. The Wauconda area farmer's market begins on June 25. For more information, contact the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce.

Did you know that asparagus, eggplant, garlic, plums and strawberries are in season in June? View this chart to see what other fruits and vegetable are in season in which month.

Take an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of our Nation's farmers who, while providing for our needs, are among the best stewards of our land!

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