Adult Services Blog

  • Glenside Favorites

    These books are recommended by Glenside patrons.  Read their comments and then check out the books.

  • Nature Photography Day (June 15)

    Nature Photography Day is a time to promote the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, inspiration, nature appreciation and environmental protection.

  • Watergate

    Five men were caught trying to break into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972.  Read more about the scandal that led to the Richard Nixon’s resignation.

  • D-Day

    D-Day The Allies invaded the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944.  Celebrate their accomplishments by reading one of these books on the D-Day landing.
  • If you enjoyed the TV show Roswell then you may like...

    Alien invasion.  Unlikely? As unlikely as Pearl Harbor?  The extinction of the dinosaurs?  A meteor strike that levels whole forests in Siberia?  You get the drift.  Some events produce such a massive setback to life, the Earth and to humanity that we must understand and prepare for them, even if the chances are low that they’ll come about.  In fact, it will be criminal and abrogation of our duty to future generations if we do not get ready!  But where to begin?

    Drs. Travis S. Taylor and Bob Boan have the answers.  Both are experienced scientists, physicists with expertise in both defense and military signal intelligence and experience working with both the Department of Defense and NASA.  These are intellectual heavyweights who have a clear idea of the possibilities of alien contact, the calculations of whether or not that contact will be friendly…and what to do if it’s not. Summary: amazon.com

    A landmark exposé firmly grounded in fact, The Day After Roswell puts a 50 year-old controversy to rest. Since 1947, the mysterious crash of an unidentified aircraft at Roswell, New Mexico, has fueled a firestorm of speculation and controversy with no conclusive evidence of its extraterrestrial origin -- until now.

    Colonel Philip J. Corso (Ret.), a member of President Eisenhower's National Security Council and former head of the Foreign Technology Desk at the U.S. Army's Research & Development department, has come forward to tell the whole explosive story. Backed by documents newly declassified through the Freedom of Information Act, Colonel Corso reveals for the first time his personal stewardship of alien artifacts from the crash, and discloses the U.S. government's astonishing role in the Roswell incident: what was found, the cover-up, and how these alien artifacts changed the course of 20th century history. Summary: amazon.com

    More than half of all Americans believe UFOs and aliens exist. How did extraterrestrials come to be so real for so many? Toby Smith tracks down our fascination with extraterrestrials, showing how Roswell became the fiber out of which all flying saucer and alien stories were woven in science fiction films and television programs, especially in the late 1940s and the 1950s. It all began outside Roswell on a July night in 1947. A nearby military base's official announcement of the recovery of a crashed flying saucer went out to radio stations and newspapers nationwide--including The New York Times. The military's quick retraction came too late. The government had already said extraterrestrials existed.

    Today visitors are taken to the crash site in a vehicle with license plates reading Believe. And believe people do. But why? Statements of belief in extraterrestrials from such diverse and noteworthy people as General Douglas MacArthur, Carl Jung, and Elvis Presley firmly fixed the place of aliens in modern American culture. Summary: amazon.com

    Smith not only examines movies and the media to understand the prominence of aliens in our contemporary culture, he also shows how New Mexico and Wright Field in Ohio, where the bodies of the aliens were reportedly taken, remain particularly fertile spawning grounds for UFO stories. Once extraterrestrial visitors landed (or didn't land) in Roswell, the notion we're not alone in the universe quickly became part of American popular culture.

     
    "While still on active duty in the U.S. Army during the 1980s, Colonel John B. Alexander, Ph.D. created an interagency group to explore the controversial topic of UFOs. Participants came from the Army, Navy, Air Force, CIA, NSA, DIA, and the aerospace industry. All members held Top Secret clearance. And what they discovered was not at all what was expected. UFOs covers the numerous cases they saw, and answers questions like: ʺWhat was really in Hanger 18? ʺDid a UFO really land at Holloman Air Force Base? ʺWhat happened at Roswell? ʺWhat is Majestic 12? ʺWhat is the Aviary? ʺWhat does the government know about UFOs? ʺWhat has happened with disclosure in other countries? ʺHas the US reverse engineered a UFO? ʺWhy don't presidents get access to UFO info? UFOs is at once a complete account of Alexander's findings, and a call to action. There are no conspiracy theories here--only hard facts--but they are merely the beginning. Serious research is needed in order to understand and anticipate the workings of UFOs, and John Alexander is leading the charge" Summary-- Provided by publisher.
     
    A mysterious, intriguing and quirky film about two guys who believe they have film evidence about an alien cover up and government conspiracy regarding the famed Roswell incident. What ensues is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for the two unlikely lads from London. Hurled into the heart of a media frenzy, the spotlight of the world focuses on them and with it the unwanted attention of the world's biggest super power. Summary: catalog
     
    In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witnesses a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon they suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth, something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Summary: catalog
     
    Ray Ferrier is a working class man living in New Jersey. He has become estranged from his family and his life isn't in order. His small town life is shaken violently by the arrival of destructive intruders: Aliens which have come up from the ground, en masse, to destroy Earth and all the humans living on it. As the aliens plow through the country in a wave of mass destruction and violence, Ray must put aside thoughts of himself and come to the defense of his children. As the world fends for itself, it's inhabitants must save humanity from a far greater force that threatens to destroy it. Summary: catalog - MA

     

  • Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

    If you are enjoying the press coverage of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, come to the library to learn more about her.

  • June Bestsellers

    The summer reading season begins with these June best sellers.  Place your holds now.

    Bloodline

    Bloodline / James Rollins

  • Adult Summer Reading Starts Today!

    Sign up for the adult summer reading program for a chance to win prizes for doing what you enjoy…reading books or listening to audiobooks.  Finish 5 books by July 31st to win a paperback book of your choice.  When you complete the program you will automatically be entered into the grand prize drawing where you might win a Nook e-reader or gift cards from local restaurant.  Stop by the Adult Reference Desk for more details.

  • Journey to Japan Program has been canceled due to presenter illness.

    Sarah Joynt will discuss major tourist destinations in Japan as well as many areas off the beaten path using her own dramatic photos on Wednesday, June 6 from 7-8 P.M. Additional topics include culture, customs, and food. Japanese refreshments will be served. The program is FREE and open to the public. Walk-Ins are welcome! - MA

    See Adult Services to sign up or call 630-260-1550 for any questions or register online at www.glensidepld.org.

    The program is canceled due to presenter illness. - MA

  • Sleuths and their Pet Sidekicks

    If your dog or cat is an important part of your life, you'll enjoy these light mysteries featuring pet sidekicks.  Sometimes the dog or cat solves the mystery, sometimes he just helps.

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