Hampton Illinois Library Friends Volume 10 Issue 1, Feb. 2021 – Newsletter

Library To Go

          Library Services during the time of the Pandemic.

          Because of the dangers posed by Covid19, library services have been drastically changed.

          Currently, they can only offer Library To Go:

  1. Check your email for updates on where & when your holds are available.
  2. Call the location (select option 4) to schedule your pickup. You will be given a window of time and location-specific pick-up instructions.
  3. Drive to the branch and park in a designated space. Follow the posted instructions.
  4. Library staff will bring your holds to you for a contact-free delivery.

If you have a smart phone, you can access the library catalog via the Dallas Public Library (DPL) app.    You can reserve books with the DPL app, online with your computer or laptop or by calling the branch at 214-670-7646. 

The Hampton Illinois Library is open Monday thru Friday 10:30 – 5:30 p.m. for phone calls & library material pickups.

Online Services at DPL

          A number of library services are available at the DPL website at the following location:


          I have been using Hoopla for streaming TV shows and movies.   It also has audio books and music albums.


          Lynda, an online program, is available from the Dallas Public Library.  It provides a wide variety of online classes.   You can access Lynda by going to the databases tab on the Dallas Public Library Home page then select online learning.   You will need to login to Lynda with your library card.   The service is free.  Course lengths vary but can be an hour or more.

          Subjects that Lynda covers include business, web design, marketing, and programming to name a few.   It is a new way to learn without attending a school.

Hampton Illinois Library Friends (HILF)


          Since our last newsletter, HILF has gotten a website up and running. The address for the website is:


This website has information on authors and book festivals in the US and around the world.   

There is even a link to NPR’s list of top books for 2020.

There are currently over 854 author pages on the website and the list is updated weekly.

          Other Online Resources

                    In 2020, “the year of limbo”, book lovers have an opportunity to spend more time reading and exploring new channels for information about books.

            I have been exploring these channels locally, nationally, and internationally where you can see the authors online, talk about their books.

Local sources of book information:

Dallas Public Library –


Interbang Books – Chats with authors online:


National Sources

Politics and Prose Bookstore which has 3 locations in D.C. offers P & P live which is online interviews with authors.


The Strand bookstore in NYC with 14 miles of bookshelves offers a live program as well: 


International Book programs

Rick O’Shea’s book club on RTE (public radio in Ireland) has a YouTube channel with live interviews with authors.   He has done 55 programs since the lockdown began in March.   Each program offers at least 4 books to read.

            Join the Hampton Illinois Library Friends

Membership rates are as follows:

Student/Senior – $6

Sustaining – $15

Household – $25

Close Friend – $75

Corporate – $250

Memorial/Other Contribution – $ any amount

Make your check payable to Hampton Illinois Library Friends (HILF).   You can leave the check with any staff member at the library or mail it to the following address:


2951 S. Hampton Road Dallas, TX 75224.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

     It is easy to continue your support every time you shop and use your Shopper’s Card. Just login to Kroger.com/Community Rewards.

      Kroger’s ”new year of giving” starts September 1, so enroll or re-enroll now and make every shopping trip count!   The Hampton Illinois Library Friends # is 83802.

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards

If you shop at Tom Thumb, you can link your Tom Thumb Rewards card with Good Neighbor Charity #12083. HILF will get 1% of all the money you spend at Tom Thumb. For more information, visit Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program webpage.

Suggested Books to read this winter

          Looking for something new to read?   Are you tired of reruns on TV, or looking for an excuse to stay home and read a book in print or on your e-reader?  The Dallas Public Library is filled with tens of thousands of new books that cover just about any interest.  


Putin’s World by Angela Stent.  I found this book to be both informative and insightful when discussing Vladimir Putin and how he sees Russia’s role in the world.   He governs from a position of weakness and uses his training as KGB agent to thwart the West.     

He is a modern-day TSAR with unimaginable power with feet of clay.

He views the former Soviet Republics as Russia’s safe space and that is why he opposes efforts by Ukraine & Georgia to enter NATO.

A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin.  A history about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the Modern Middle East.  It helps explain why the Middle East has been such a troubled part of the world for the last century.   It is a bit long, but it does underscore how the British and the French governments created Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine (now Israel) and Saudi Arabia.   Oil played an important role in how the boundary lines were drawn.

Palaces of Pleasure by Lee Jackson.  A history of entertainment venues from music halls to football (soccer) stadiums.    This is a broad overview of entertainment in England in the 19th century.

On Writing by Stephen King.  A handy guide for how one should write a book and an autobiography by Stephen King.

The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman.  The story of two families from Baghdad who made fortunes and then lost it in Shanghai.   One family moved to the UK and the other moved to Hong Kong.  It covers the period from 1900 to the present day.   A fascinating tale of a forgotten time in Chinese history.


The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg.   The first in a trilogy of novels about Old Age Pensioners in Sweden who being fed up with poor conditions in their retirement home decide to become criminals.  Their plan is to be arrested and live-in prison.  They believe life in prison would be better than their retirement home.

Masterpiece by Fiona Davis.  A novel that jumps back and forth between 1929 and 1974.  The setting is Grand Central Terminal in NYC and an art school located at the terminal.  The primary characters are Clara an Ilustrationist in 1929 and Virginia a divorcee in 1974.  A secondary character is Grand Central Terminal.

Followers by Megan Angelo.   A science fiction novel set in the future where the original Internet has collapsed, and the government has created a new safer internet where sharing is encouraged.   It looks at the role of followers and influencers plus their impact on society.

Black Sun Rising by Matthew Carr.   A thriller set in Barcelona in 1908.   A man is blown up in a terrorist incident and Harrow Lawton, PI, is dispatched from London to confirm the identity of the bombing victim.  What starts out as a simple investigation

turns into a complex thriller as Barcelona descends in to chaos.

Late Checkout by Carol Perry.  A cozy murder mystery set in Salem, MA.   Lee is a reporter for a local TV station.  She lives at home with her aunt & cat.    Her aunt works at the local library.   The book begins when Lee discovers a dead body at the library and the mystery unravels.

The Other Side of the Line by Andrea Camilleri.  In this latest installment of Inspector Montalbano, the inspector is dealing with nightly waves of refugees and Livia’s pressure to get a new suit for an upcoming wedding.    The inspector grudgingly goes to the tailor who turns out to be a woman.    He takes a shine to her and everything is going well until she is murdered, and the inspector must figure who did it and why. 

5 Carat Soul by James McBride.  A collection of short stories covering everything from life in a poor community near Pittsburgh to life in a Zoo.

Sleep No More by PD James.  A collection of 6 short stories about murder.   Each story is compact, clever and has a surprise twist.  This is a perfect book to read for a book club.

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