PlainTalk has been rolling along for over a year now and I'd love to know what you think of it. Is it useful? Does the writing and subject matter hold your interest? Anything you'd love to see more of in PlainTalk? You can always post your comments and suggestions here in this blog - just use the "Comments" link down below. If you're worried about having to sign up for a Blogger account or putting personal information online, no worries. You can comment anonymously, or with your initials/first name and there's no need to sign up for an account, unless you desire it. I would love to see PlainTalk become a place where people in the Des Plaines community can voice their opinions, especially those that relate to the Library.
That being said, there's a new kid in town (great - now I'll have THAT song in my head all day!). If you haven't yet read PlainTalk's "sibling" blog, Positively Ellinwood Street, you're missing out on a treat. Positively Ellinwood Street, which I will call "PES" for short, is a group effort, written by the staff of our Readers' Services department. Once or twice a week, a new post appears on PES, and the subject matter is widely varied but always engaging - the common threads being reading, watching, and listening. In the past month, there have been articles on Neil Diamond, short stories, great comedy films, Banned Books Week, and the "mysteries" that our patrons bring to us: "Can you help me find a book I read 10 years ago? All I remember is there was a bird on the cover..." Book and movie reviews from our open-minded but opinionated staff can help you find your next great reading or viewing experience, and will also invite you to explore the depth of our CD collection. You may find that someone on our staff has taste very similar to your own, so you can look forward to that person's next post and, yes, leave your own comments and suggestions. Another PES author may encourage you to plunge into a subject area or genre you'd never considered.
You will find links to Positively Ellinwood Street all over our Web site -- always on the home page, the "What's New" page and the "Read/Watch/Listen" page, too. Take a few minutes to say hello to PlainTalk's sibling blog - I think you'll find yourself returning again and again. An aside: Positively Ellinwood Street's cool name sprang from the imagination of staff person Laura Adler, inspired by our street address and the piquant songwriting of American legend, Bob Dylan.