Honoring Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard

Talented comic actors, Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard, passed away on May 11 at the age of 92 and on May 15 at the age of 86, respectively.

Jerry Stiller was part of the Stiller and Meara comedy team with Anne Meara, his late wife of over 60 years. He was a comedian and an actor in movies, such as Hairspray, and on Broadway. Jerry was best known for his grumpy and eccentric character roles as Frank Costanza, George Costanza's father, in the tv show, Seinfeld, and later, as Arthur Spooner, Carrie Heffernan's father, in the sitcom, The King of Queens.

Listen to Presenting America's New Comedy Sensations: Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, a comedy album on Hoopla or watch one of Jerry Stiller's movies on Hoopla.

Fred Willard got his start at Chicago's renowned Second City. He starred in Best in Show, Anchorman: the legend of Ron Burgundy, and This is Guffman. His television roles included playing Hank MacDougall, Amy's father, in the tv show, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Frank Dunphy, Phil Dunphy's father,  in Modern Family.

Watch one of Fred Willard's movies on Hoopla.

Update: Frugal Muse Bookstore Offers In Store Browsing by Appointment

While the library is closed, a source for books is Frugal Muse in Darien.  The local family owned bookstore that sells gently used and new books, music, and movies now offers curbside service.  In addition to curbside pickup the store is now allowing customers in the store by appointment.  Frugal Muse located at 7511 Lemont Road is now open Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Call 630-427-1140 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment or to order.

Tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll, passed away on May 9 at the age of 87.  His mix of boogie, gospel, and jump blues crossed racial barriers. His flamboyant performing style with his trademark pompadour and makeup set the standard for rock & roll showmanship.  He was instantly on the level of his contemporaries Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.  He was born Richard Wayne Penniman and wrote "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" in 1955 and '56 while washing dishes at a Macon, Georgia greyhound bus station.  Briefly he switched to gospel music. 

Little Richard's music influenced many artists, including the Beatles, James Brown, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones.  Little Richard was one of the ten original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Also, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Listen to Little Richard's songs "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" on his debut album, Here's Little Richard or some of his other music on Hoopla.

Watch Little Richard perform Tutti Frutti at the 1995 concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Pick Up Theater Popcorn and Watch a Movie Mother’s Day Weekend

Starting this weekend Classic Cinemas is offering your favorite concession stand snacks and drinks with curbside pickup.  The Tivoli in Downers Grove and Ogden 6 in Naperville are the closest movie theaters.  Indian Prairie patrons can download a movie from Hoopla for the whole theater experience.  For Mother's Day weekend here are variety of movies about mothers: Mothers and Daughters, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mermaids, Pocketful of Miracles, Baby Boom, Room, Philomena, and The Sound of Music Live.

View the Flower Moon

Go outside to see the Flower Moon.  It is visible tonight through Friday morning, but the best time to view it is Thursday at moonset (5:45 a.m.).  This is the final supermoon of 2020.  A supermoon occurs when a full moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to the Earth. The Flower Moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

To learn more about supermoons read "5 Things to Know about Supermoons" from the Adler Planetarium.

If clouds obscure your view, the Virtual Telescope Project will be sharing a livestream of the supermoon over Rome on May 7 beginning at 1:55 p.m. CT.

Honoring Tony Allen

Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer and Afrobeat pioneer, passed away on April 30 at the age of 79.  Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 in the 1960s and '70s.  Afrobeat is a pulsating West African style of music with horns, soaring vocals, and a driving groove combined with American funk and jazz.

He later worked with singer Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, the Clash's Paul Simonon, and guitarist Simon Tong of the Verve who together recorded as The Good, the Bad & the Queen.  Tony Allen released his last album, Rejoice, in March which was a collaboration with Hugh Masekula.

Listen to Tony Allen's music on Hoopla.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over France on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Celebrate with your family at home by dressing in festive clothing, drinking a margarita, eating tacos and guacamole, listening and dancing to mariachi music, and sharing books with your children.

The library has many resources to help you plan and enjoy your celebration, including Mexican cookbooks on Overdrive and HooplaMargarita recipes on Hoopla, Cinco de Mayo books for children on Hoopla, and Music on Hoopla.

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is usually raced on the first Saturday in May. The 2020 thoroughbred horse race has been postponed until September 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can still dress in your finery, wear a large elaborate hat, and drink a mint julep or virgin mint julep and celebrate the "Run for the Roses" with your housemates at home on May 2. From 2 – 5 p.m. NBC will show the 2015 Kentucky Derby followed by a virtual Kentucky Derby featuring the 13 Triple Crown winners.

To get in the spirit of the Derby watch Seabiscuit: America's Legendary Racehorse or the travel film, Kentucky, to learn what it's like to train and prepare thoroughbreds for racing at Churchill Downs on Hoopla. Read about horse racing on Hoopla.

Honoring Hamilton Bohannon

Hamilton Bohannon, disco percussion pioneer, passed away on April 24 at the age of 78. Hamilton Bohannon who became known as Bohannon started his music career as a drummer for a young Stevie Wonder, and then was hired by Motown Records as a bandleader. When he went solo, one of his biggest hits was "Let's start the dance" which was featured on the Studio 54 soundtrack. Bohannon created what he called the "four-on-the-floor" beat that became a foundation for much disco, house and hip-hop music. His tracks have been sampled by Jay Z, Paul Johnson, Digable Planets, and Snoop Dog.

Listen or dance to Bohannon's music in the Here Comes Bohannon album and on Funky Stuff: the best of funk essentials on Hoopla.

Honoring Harold Reid, The Statler Brothers Singer

Harold Reid, the bass singer and songwriter for the award winning group, The Statler Brothers, passed away on April 25 at the age of 80. The Statler Brothers vocal quartet began in 1955 first in Gospel Music then moved into Country and sang backup for Johnny Cash.  The group was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Listen to some of The Statler Brothers music, including "Bed of Roses" written by Harold Reid and "Flowers on the Wall"on Hoopla.

Honoring Romance Novelist Donna Kauffman

Bestselling romance novelist Donna Kauffman passed away on April 9 at the age of 60.  Alicia Condon, Kauffman's book editor, said, "Donna had a special gift for telling tender, uplifting stories while offering a uniquely insightful glimpse at the human condition,"  The prolific author of seventy novels also contributed a reality TV column to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog until 2015.

BookPage conducted an interview with Donna in 2018.

Read or listen to some of her books on Overdrive or Hoopla.

Honoring Brian Dennehy

Veteran movie, stage, and television actor Brian Dennehy passed away on April 15 at the age of 81.  He won two Best Lead Actor in a Play Tony Awards for Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey into Night.  Also, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.  Some of his movies, include First Blood, Presumed Innocent, Cocoon, and F/X.  He had a recurring role in The Blacklist tv series.

Read his New York Times interview from 2010 talking about the Chicago stage.

Watch some of Brian Dennehy's movies on Hoopla.

Try Streaming Video Services

It is a good time to try a new streaming video service.  Many services are offering longer free trials.  Some with 30 days free trials to try are:

Netflix: Tv shows and movies. 2020 Oscar nominated films, The Irishman and The Two Popes; The Crown Season 3

(Once the building is reopened you can check out one of our Rokus to use the library's Netflix subscription.)

Acorn TV (Promo code FREE30): British tv. The Brokenwood Mysteries (first six seasons)

(You can access certain Acorn TV content for free via Hoopla.)

Shudder (Promo code SHUTIN): For horror fans

Note that most services require a credit card to sign up. Mark your calendar for when the trial will expire so you cancel it by then.  Netflix subscribers receive a three day notice of when the free trial will expire.

This Consumers Reports article lists other streaming video services with extended free trials.

Tribute to Kenny Rogers

Award winning singer-songwriter, Kenny Rogers, passed away recently at the age of 81. The country artist who crossed over into multiple music genres had a career that spanned six decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Country Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Listen to some of Kenny Roger's music, including "The Gambler", "Lucille", and "Islands in the Stream" on Hoopla.

Honoring John Prine

Legendary folk singer-songwriter,John Prine, passed away on April 7 at the age of 73. The boy from Maywood, Illinois was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Ebert wrote an article about him after seeing him perform and interviewing him at a Chicago folk club in 1970. 

Listen to some of John Prine's moving music, including "Angel from Montgomery" and "Sam Stone"on Hoopla.