Forget Annabelle and Chucky. Meet the REAL Robert the Doll.

Haunted dolls is the theme this box office weekend.  Two horror films starring Chucky and Annabelle open this Friday. If you enjoy movies like Annabelle Comes Home, or Child’s Play, then you really should know Robert the Doll.

Robert, is the most haunted doll in the world.

Locked in a museum in Key West, Florida, Robert the doll is known to allegedly curse visitors who don’t show him the proper respect.

Want to learn more?

Click the links to read articles from  from the Sioux City Journal, Atlas Obscura, or watch this PBS segment.

The Most Intense Chicago Crosstown Classic was the 1906 World Series

Crowd outside South Side Park, 1906 World Series

Can you imagine how intense a World Series would be if the Cubs played the White Sox? Chicago and its surrounding suburbs might rip itself apart. Well in 1906, the Cubs played the White Sox in a legendary six-game series. Back when there was no Wrigley Field, the Cubs hosted three games at West Side Park (located at the current site of the University of Illinois Medical Center) and the White Sox held three games at South Side Park (currently the Wentworth Gardens Community). Sound interesting?  Read the story about the most intense Chicago Crosstown Classic ever in Bernard A. Weisberger’s “When Chicago Ruled Baseball” available here on Hoopla.

Windows Steps Recorder

If you are trying to show someone how to do something online, or showing something how something goes wrong (and you don’t have Camtasia at your disposal) then you should try Windows’ Steps Recorder.

According to Lifewire, “Steps Recorder is a combination keylogger, screen capture, and annotation tool for Windows. It’s used to quickly and easily document actions made on a computer for troubleshooting purposes.”

Click the link here, to find out how to use this useful windows tool.

Happy Birthday, Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister!

Game of Thrones maybe over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop watching your favorite actors. Watch the film, “The Station Agent” starring Peter Dinklage on Hoopla for FREE. Click here to watch it courtesy of your Moraine Valley Library. It’s available to watch on TV, online, tablets, phone.

To login in, create a Hoopla account with your moraine valley e-mail address here. You can also download the Hoopla App for iOS or Android.

Will Durant’s Defense Keep the Board Man From Getting Paid?

The Warriors are amazingly facing elimination after only four games. “Boogie” Cousins is completely ineffective this series and the Raptors are disrupting the Green/Curry pick and roll. Injuries to Thompson, Cousins, and Durant are severely hampering the Warriors, and superhuman play by Kawhi Leonard has brought Toronto on the brink of winning their first ever NBA Championship.

Despite all this, if a healthy KD returns, his defense could turn the series around. The Raptors have seemingly scored layups at will against the Durant-less Warriors . Should his calf hold up, he adds rim protection, and his 7′ stretch D to a weak Warriors defense.

So will the Raptors take it? Will the Warriors come back and three-peat? We don’t know, but the series definitely changes with his return.

If you want to enjoy the NBA finals action at a higher level,  checkout the book   “NBA coaches playbook : techniques, tactics, and teaching points” to boost your basketball IQ, and watch games like a pro.

The Local History Behind Friday’s National Donut Day is Pretty Sweet

1919 Blue Island Sun Standard Headline with WW1 Donut Recipe, Don’t Forget the Salvation Army (My Doughnut Girl) Sheet Music, photo of Salvation Army Donuts

In 1917, Salvation Army officers, Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance, and Margaret Sheldon developed the idea to make doughnuts for the troops of World War 1. Having over 200 hundred volunteers, barely any ingredients, and frying donuts in the helmets of soldiers, it is estimated that the now famously named “Salvation Army Lassies” or “doughnut lassies”, provided no less than over one million donuts to the troops of WW1.

So riding the popularity of the donut, in 1938 the Salvation Army instituted the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago to memorialize the Salvation Army doughnut volunteers from World War I.

So this Friday you can pay tribute to the volunteers of the era by listening to the song “Don’t forget the Salvation Army (My Doughnut Girl) song, buy some donuts, or try to make the original treat. If you’ve never made one before, here is a video on how to make the original WW1 Salvation Army Doughnut.

A Word to Learn: Kafkaesque

Nestled between the months of June and July is the birth and death of writer Franz Kafka. Perhaps fittingly, it is also the time when most graduates enter the work world. This offers us the perfect time to correctly add the often misused word, “Kafkaesque” to our vocabulary. If this is your first time hearing the name Kafka, or the term “Kafkaesque”, watch this Ted-Ed video “What makes something “Kafkaesque”?

Learn more about the famed author and his works by clicking the link to read the classic “The Trial“, or here to get a copy of “Metamorphosis” from our library.

Something to See This Summer- “Manet and Modern Beauty ” at the Art Institute

Boating (1874–75), Édouard Manet.

Librarians and educators will admit, a book is not the only path of life long learners. If the chance arises you should by all means see and experience lectures, concerts, lit festivals, and exhibits.  The Art Institute of Chicago’s  newest exhibit, called “Manet and Modern Beauty” is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

The museum will span the latter years of the great Impressionist painter. The exhibit will showcase his works on fashion, flowers, and more. Over 90 pieces will be on display, including handwritten letters Manet wrote to friends that have amazingly detailed drawings on them.

Prepare for your museum visit by  watching this Edouard Manet Documentary,  or by checking out our collection of  Manet library materials.  The National Endowment for the Humanities  “How to Visit the Museum” article is a great read on how to visit a museum like a pro.

“Manet and Modern Beauty” debuts  Sunday, May 26.

On this night in 1965, Keith Richards Dreamed the Guitar Riff to the Classic Song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and then Recorded it in Chicago

One of the greatest rock songs in history has a classic origin story and a great Chicago connection. To read more, click here.

A little know fact: If you live in the Chicago area, you can still visit the legendary Chess Records Studio (now known as Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation).  If you are a fan of the blues or music history, you definitely want to visit this historically important and terribly underrated tourist attraction.

To stream entire albums by The Rolling Stones, click here to access Hoopla.

Time Travel to Cheat Death and Other Fascinating Possibilities in Book and Film

Stephen Hawing’s Time Travellers Invitation

In June of 2009, Stephen Hawking threw a party. The invitations were sent after the party and not one person knew about it beforehand. The party was for time travelers and was an experiment on the possibility of time travel.

Time travel and its repercussions have long been speculated and showcased in book and film. The possibilities include erasing humanities worst moments, detecting terminal illnesses early, and preventing death.

Fore more information about time travel in pop culture, read  Time travel : a history  by James Gleick.