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Endless Summer Reading Picks

While it's mid-July and our Summer Reading Program will be ending soon, there's still time to read in a cool place during these hot days. We've created a page for you listing our favorite links and lists for endless reading options.

If you'd like a more personal touch when selecting your next good book, head to one of our Information Desks. Our librarians can help you select titles to try depending on your reading tastes and preferences.

Want to try finding books on your own or when the library is closed? Check out these two resources in our Digital Library: Novelist Plus (adult and teen books) and Novelist K-8 Plus (for younger readers). Both offer plenty of reading recommendations for all ages.

Your Library Needs You...Apply to be a Library Trustee

Our Board of Trustees is seeking an appointee to fill a vacant Trustee position on the Library Board. The application deadline is August 30, 2013.

Read here for more info on being a library trustee and how to apply for the position.

J.K. Rowling's Newest Book

Have you heard? J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and last year's The Casual Vacancy, published another book for adults this year under a pseudonym. Cuckoo's Calling is a mystery featuring a private investigator and his sidekick. The author, Robert Galbraith, was said to be an ex-military man releasing his first novel, and the book is supposed to be first in a series. Read this article for more details.

We own a copy of Cuckoo's Calling, but it's checked out now. You can place a hold, or we can place one for you at our Info Desk.

Help Name the Kids' Room

Calling all kids! We need your help in giving the Kids' Room an official name. We will be collecting your suggestions, putting them on a ballot, and inviting the entire community to vote for their favorite name. The winning name will be announced at our End of Summer Reading Party on Saturday, August 3.

Library Awarded Grant

The Library was awarded an Illinois State Library Back to Books Grant in the amount of $4,200 for our project entitled “Science Fair Superstars.” The funds are to be used to update the children's collection in subjects that middle schoolers need for their science fair projects such as anatomy, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Look for these new selections to begin appearing on the nonfiction shelves in the Kids' Room by the time the new school year begins. We're hoping these grant-supported collection updates will further support the kids in our community when science fair project time comes around.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThis nonfiction book weaves medical research, science, and ethical issues to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line known as HeLa, that came from her cervical cancer cells in 1951.

5 out of 5 stars. This book deserves 5 stars because the story is astonishing. The fact that her cells lived and continue to live is amazing. Her cells saved lives and allowed for many vaccines to be created. I really liked this story.

Submitted by: Yamilex M.

Passport Game - Week 4

Last week, we visited London and Neverland through the Kids' Information Desk. This week we take off to a location closer to home: Canada (aka the Local History Room). Be sure to stop by the Local History Room to get your passport stamped and pick up a Canadian souvenir (available while supplies last) from June 24-30, 2013.

Wondering how to get your very own library passport? Come to one of our Information Desks and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Learn more here. We're traveling around the world during June and July, and we'd like you to travel with us.

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling book coverMaya and her friends are on the run. Having escaped a deliberately set forest fire and a fake rescue team with dark intentions, they were just beginning to feel safe again. Then their helicopter crashes near the Vancouver Island wilderness, and Maya and her friends realize they're about as far from safe as they can get.

4 out of 5 stars. This was a really good book. As you read it gets better and better. It kept me on my toes with all the secrets!

Submitted by: Millie H.

Passport Game - Week 3

Last week, we visited Hawaii (aka the Information Desk). This week we embark on a jaunt to London/Neverland (aka the Kids' Information Desk). Be sure to stop by the Kids' Information Desk to get your passport stamped and pick up a British souvenir (available until supplies run out) from June 17 - 23, 2013.

Wondering how to get your very own library passport? Come to one of our Information Desks and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Learn more here. We're traveling around the world during June and July, and we'd like you to travel with us. Cheers!

Welcome, New Library Trustees

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Terry Gallagher swore in the Library's newly elected Trustees. Frank Grieashamer and Michael Vallone are returning Trustees. Israel Rodriguez and Marzena Szubart are new to the Library Board. View photos of the swearing-in ceremony here.

Visit our Board of Trustees page for more info about the entire Board of Trustees, meetings and minutes.


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