April 15, 2015 marks 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Find out what the Film and Music department has to offer about the life and death of our 16th president.
More things you should know...
Have you driven by the Library after dark recently? If so you probably noticed that there is a blue glow. That is because we have have joined the "Light It Up Blue!" autism awareness campaign.
On April 7, 2015 Highland Park voters will vote for Mayor, City Council, Park District of Highland Park Commissioner, North Shore School District 112 Board Members, and Township High School District 113 Board Members. Additional voting information is available at LakeVoterPower.info or by calling 847/377-2410.
Visit the A-V department and take some time to peruse our collection of box sets!
Well, we didn't do too well in our predictions of Newbery and Caldecott winners this year. We gave the Caldecott to Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. In real life Sam and Dave were a Caldecott honor book but the winner was The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat.
Using our Hoopla digital media service, library patrons can borrow, download, and stream films, music, television series, and audiobooks on their portable and desktop devices. Enjoy this selection from their extensive collection of movie soundtracks and film scores, including some of this year's Academy Award nominees.
Due to appropriation cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Illinois Department of Revenue have announced that each is limiting the tax forms that libraries will receive.
The Library has received IRS and Illinois tax forms. We have the following forms- IRS 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms, a reference copy of IRS Publication 17, and Illinois 1040 forms and booklets. These will be the only forms and booklets the Library can order.
Find out what critics and fans are saying were their favorite films of 2014 with these top 10 lists culled from across the Web.
The winner of the Youth Services Department's Mock Caldecott vote was Sam & Dave Dig a Hole.
The Youth Services staff held their annual Mock Caldecott vote today. Each year they choose some books which they believe will be contenders for the real Caldecott award and then they discuss the illustrations.
NEW! Highland Park Public Library cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from beginning drawing to accounting & finance. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. Next session begins January 21. Learn more and register here.
The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. President Obama kicked off the 2014 Computer Science Education Week with a new call to motivate students worldwide to try the Hour of Code.
For more than 100 years, Chilton products have set the standard for reference sources for students, DIY automotive enthusiasts, and professionals. These exceptional resources are easily accessible for Highland Park Public Library cardholders in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database.
On November 4, 2014 the General Election will be held and Highland Park residents will vote for the Congressional offices of United States Senator and United States House of Representatives (10th District), Illinois State House Representative (58th District), the State of Illinois Executive Offices, and Lake County Executive Offices. The ballot also includes “Judicial Candidates Seeking Retention in Office”, two proposed amendments to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and several statewide advisory questions.
There are thousands of crossword puzzles and other brain busters available through the library's Zinio digital magazine collection. For those of you who prefer to do your puzzles with pencil and eraser you can print them out at home or here in the library. For more information on how to use Zinio head over here, otherwise continue:
Opening September 23, 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s exhibit David Bowie Is presents a retrospective of the career of David Bowie. Featuring over 400 artifacts from his life and performances, the exhibit focuses on his creative vision and blending of mediums including fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film.
Highland Park Public Library, along with the other CCS Libraries, has moved to a new catalog! The Enterprise catalog will offer new features and services designed to improve your Library experience. For tips on how to search, place holds, pay fines, and more go here.
New Features and Services:
The Youth Services Department is happy to announce a new educational collection for kids and their families. Each of our STEM kits contains a fun science, technology, engineering or math activity for families to try at home. With these kits your family can play fun math games, experiment with simple machines, build and launch stomp rockets, make solar powered robots and much, much more!
The next time you are in the library, please take a moment to stop by the Audio-Visual Department and browse our newly reorganized display of Ravinia Festival posters. Produced annually to commemorate the event, our collection of 45 posters featuring natural, musical, and artistic themes in an array of visual styles dates back to 1972. Let us know what you think!
As we mourn the loss of two of our greatest entertainers, relive some of their classic performances at the library. The following DVDs and Blu-Ray discs can be found in our Adult and Youth film sections.
Forty years ago, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency to avoid impeachment in the Watergate scandal. It was, and remains, the only time a sitting president has resigned the office. You can see the breaking story
Mango's unique methodology, Intuitive Language Construction™, mimics the natural process in which people learn by presenting material through practical conversations. Every lesson incorporates the four conversational components that are critical to effective communication in a foreign language: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.
Our Health & Wellness Resource Center contains articles and information about medicine, health, and alternative health. You'll also find videos, magazines, pamphlets, health encyclopedias, and a drug and herb finder. Health information is also available in Spanish.
Highland Park Public Library patrons can enjoy the benefits of borrowing, downloading, and streaming music from our online digital media services Hoopla and Freegal. All you need is your library card! Check out some of the upcoming Ravinia artists you can listen to on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
On the eve of Independence Day, a true American hero has passed away. Louis Zamperini's life was full of obstacles, achievement, bravery, and forgiveness. Author Laura Hillenbrand vividly chronicled his life in the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. Pick up or download a copy of the book or audiobook from the library for some inspiring Independence Day reading.
Have you read all of John Green's books and don't know what to read next? We have compiled a list of some of John Green's favorite books. Perhaps you will like them as much as he did.
Get a sneak peak at our upcoming film discussion series starting in September! Bob Coscarelli’s Sunday film series will feature four selections centered on the theme of Women in Peril, while Dick Adler will discuss two highly regarded, recently released foreign films.
We are pleased to announce that the library’s online Freegal music service now allows patrons to download five songs per week. That’s right, five MP3s that are yours to download and keep, forever! All you need is your Highland Park Public Library card.
Author Tobias Wolff celebrates his sixty-ninth birthday today. One of the few writers of equally compelling fiction and non-fiction work, the website Biographile (www.biographile.com) describes his style as "at once matter of fact and urgent."
If his name sounds familiar, you may have seen the film version of his memoir, This Boy's Life. Other books written by him include:
Every essential summer party needs music! With a Highland Park library card you can download complete albums or individual songs, stream hours of music, create playlists and much more all for FREE.
Everyone who comes to the June 16th Stories Under the Stars is eligible to win four tickets to Seussical the Musical @ the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier.
The tickets are good for performances July 5-July 13.
There's going to be a Robot Rodeo at the Highland Park Library! You will be shown how to program mini-robots by the high school's fantastic Robotics Team!
Want something to do this summer? The Youth Services Department is looking for students who will be entering grades 6 through 9 next fall to become Junior Page Volunteers.
You are invited to participate in the library's reading awards program for children. Come and celebrate the summer with the furry, feathered and scaly creatures of the animal kingdom.
The 2014 Ravinia calendar has been released and tickets are on sale now. Some of this year's big name performers include Carrie Underwood, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Visit our new Ravinia 2014 board on the AV Pinterest page to browse the artists and find links to their music in our catalog!
Did you know that studies have shown that learning to play a musical instrument increases a child's memory, mathematical, and reading comprehension skills?
Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks, or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.
Ten books from around the world have been shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Over a hundred libraries in 39 countries participated in nominating books for the 2014 award.
So many things have occurred this week - Passover, Holy Week, the lunar eclipse, a tease of spring followed by more snow - that National Library Week has almost passed by without acknowledgement. But that changes now...
Rain or shine, be sure to check out this month’s art project in the Reading Readiness area. The spotlight book for April is “Raindrop, Plop!” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.
This week Miss Deena's storytime theme is "Gardens". She will be reading books, singing songs, doing fingerplays, and more all about gardens and plants. The highlight is when the children learn how dandelions re-seed themselves and then get to spread their own "dandelion seeds".
Dandelion Seeds Everywhere!
So Many Seeds
Take a look at some fun stuff that happened at our paper airplane STEM workshop last weekend.
If you enjoy having your funny bone tickled at the same time you are being repelled, you might be a fan of Edward Gorey.
Kids in grades 5 through 8 enjoyed an afternoon of activities based on the factions from the hit young adult series and new movie, Divergent.
We've just expanded your digital borrowing options with Hoopla Digital. For the first time, we’re offering music, movies, and TV shows to stream or download. Hoopla also has a great selection of audiobooks. Everything is available instantly; there’s no waiting! Hoopla is free – and easy to use. You just need a Highland Park Public Library card.
Spring 2014 Discussion Series
March 11, 1 PM: "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki
April 8, 1 PM: "The Girls of Atomic City" by Denise Kiernan
May 13, 1 PM: "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker
The Library has received our shipment of the Illinois Department of Revenue forms (IL 1040 form, IL 1040 instructions, and Schedule ICR). The library has received most of the Internal Revenue Service forms, schedules, and instructions we ordered.
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology makes it possible to check items in and out using radio frequency tags instead of bar codes. And it's coming to your Library soon!
With a new novel out by author Ishmael Beah, whose memoir Long Time Gone was a bestseller and Oprah pick, interest in African fiction will be running high. While you're waiting for your hold on Beah's Radiance of Tomorrow, try one of these other interesting titles!
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Adichie, Chimamanda. Americanah
Akpan, Uwem. Say You're One of Them
Benaron, Naomi. Running the Rift
Bulawayo, NoViolet. We Need New Names
If you are an audiobook fan, The Audies are an exciting time. Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, they are the audiobook equivalent of the Academy Awards. The finalists in 29 categories have been announced and now is a great time to listen to one you may have missed or, if you have never picked up an audiobook, try a title that has been recognized as one of the year's best narrations.
Three of our favorites from the full list of finalists:
Don’t risk your business, investments, or class grade on sketchy research.
The results are in and you can find these winners from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in the library! Follow the links below to see them in our catalog.
The 2013 Grammy Awards are this Sunday!
At the Library, we pride ourselves on having a large and growing collection of modern award winning and noteworthy music that is available to the public. We own albums from each of the nominees that listed below. Revisit your favorites or discover something new.
The American Library Association announced its 2014 youth media award winners today. We didn’t do too badly with our Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott nominees, although we did not pick either of the winners.
The Youth Services staff held their annual mock Newbery book discussion and vote this week. The books discussed as potential Newbery nominees were
Attention audio book lovers: The library has decided to discontinue the One Click Digital recorded books service so that we may bring to you a new platform. While One Click Digital served its purpose admirably, the new platform promises a superior audiobook selection that can be accessed more seamlessly and on a wider variety of modern devices.
The library will be expanding its offerings through a recent partnership with Hoopla Digital -- a service that offers on-demand content for free -- and all you will need is a library card.
For the New Year, try some of the library's subscription databases: Chicago Consumers Checkbook. Health Reference Center, Historical Newspapers, and more. Also use Zinio,My Media Mall, Freegal, and 3M Cloud Library to get content on your reader, phone, or tablet.
You can now access Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook from computers outside the Library if you have an HPPL card. You will need to register the first time you use it, but this will give you the privilege to submit reviews for all kinds of local services. It’s similar to Yelp or Amazon, but you don’t have to write clever reviews, just concise.
The United States changed forever when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. News coverage was immediate and all-encompassing. You can see the Chicago Tribune coverage in the library's premium resource, Historical Chicago Tribune. Here's a copy of the front page from November 23, 1963.
The Library has not received the Internal Revenue Service or the Illinois Department of Revenue tax forms and instruction booklets as of January 14, 2014.
We will have the most common forms for individuals. The Library does not supply forms for businesses. Businesses and individuals, who need business and employer forms, should order directly from the IRS. Click here for the order form.
On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the library is hosting the iRead (read-a -thon) kick-off in conjunction with the 112 Education Foundation from 9am to 3pm.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of our area's greatest cultural institutions and it is currently part way through its 2013/14 season. November performances include Wagner's Parsifal and Verdi's La Traviata. Among the excellent resources created by the Lyric in conjunction with this season is a series of commentaries free to stream or download from their web site. These commentaries feature a quick plot synopsis, musical highlights and information and anecdotes surrounding the history of each opera.
With the new Freegal Music service, Highland Park Public Library patrons can log in using their library cards and stream 3 hours of music per day as well as download and keep 3 songs per week, all for free!
Check out some of the recently released albums you can listen to on Freegal right now:
Looking for a way to get free MP3 music that you can play on your iPhone/iPod, Android, or PC? We're now offering Freegal Music, a downloadable and streaming music service a lot like iTunes and available for free to Highland Park Public Library card holders. All you need to logon is your HPPL library card number, which gives you access to over 7 million songs - in more than 100 music genres.
The front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 9, 2013 featured a story commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Bob Dylan has been awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, for his contributions to culture and art as a musician and poet. Currently on tour in Europe, Dylan attended a brief ceremony in Paris where France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, presented him with the distinction. Dylan commented that he was “proud and grateful” for the honor, though had little else to say before his departure. Dylan was previously denied the award for past political stances and personal actions deemed unsuitable for the Legion of Honour.
If you couldn't make your usual trip to Cannes this year, or your plans for the Toronto International Film Festival fell through, you are in luck. This October brings us the Chicago International Film Festival showcasing 127 feature films, 21 documentaries and 50 shorts from more than 55 countries.
Giuseppe Verdi was born on this date 200 years ago, October 10th 1813. In honor of his bicentenary, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be streaming a live performance of his Requiem on their website this evening at 7pm. Also, visit the Audio Visual Department to explore our selection of Verdi recordings and videos.
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 7PM there will be at the Highland Park Public Library a screening of the documentary titled “Touch Cuba 2012,” filmed by Daniel Kullman of Bitter Jester Creative for Hedwig Dances.
Roger Ebert lost his battle with cancer on April 4th, 2013.
He was a screenwriter who wrote several celebrated films. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning film critic who raised the standards of journalism and criticsim to new heights. He will be missed.
Find out which of the winners and nominees of the 85th annual Academy Awards are available at the Library.
Films recieving the most nominations were Lincoln with twelve, followed by Life of Pi with eleven. The winners are listed first and in italics.
The nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards were recently announced by actress Emma Stone and ceremony host Seth McFarlane at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA.
Films recieving the most nominations were Lincoln with twelve, followed by Life of Pi with eleven. The ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2013.
The 70th annual Golden Globes took over Hollywood on Sunday evening (January 13), with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the helm. "Argo" won for best Motion Picture - Drama and best director Ben Affleck. "Les Miserables" took home statues for best actor (Hugh Jackman), best supporting actress (Anne Hathaway) and best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Presented with the Highland Park Natural Resources Commission.
Bob Coscarelli's Politics in Film series is now under way. For the selected titles, showings, and discussion dates you can refer to the library's event calendar or call the audio visual department directly at (847) 681-7033. Below is a list of films Mr. Coscarelli considered while selecting titles for the series, all of which are available through the library.
Becca is on her way to college in just a few short months, finally escaping the claustrophobia of her small town life in conneticut. But only hours after she graduates and her heart is broken by the boy she loves, a body of an young women is found on a dusty road, disrupting the carefully constructed plans she had. With very little evidence and the body yet to be identified, gossip runs wild and Becca becomes strangely obsessed with finding out why this stranger was killed so brutally.
If you are looking for a page-turning literary novel that you can read in one day, All Yours, a slim crime novel about a woman’s revenge on her cheating husband, is the book for you. The author, a native Argentinean, tells a gripping tale of domestic conflict and, at the same time, sheds light on Argentina’s class structure and the selfish behaviors of the entitled class. This author’s crime novels are all bestsellers in Latin America...and for good reason! All Yours is a great read.
We'd like to thank the following generous donors who contributed to the Youth Services summer reading program. Without their support we could not have the program that the children of Highland Park enjoyed this year. Please let them know how much their support is appreciated when you patronize their businesses.
The 2012 Olympics kicked off in London, and they couldn’t have crammed more snippets of U.K. hits into their musical montage if they had tried.
Phew! After a brief respite, we're back with our feature, Online Resource of the Week. This week, it's NovelistPlus! Calling all bibliophiles!!!
NovelistPlus and NovelistPlus K-8 are the go-to resources for readers advisory in both fiction and nonfiction. Just some of the things you can do on NovelistPlus:
In the follow up to her successful memoir, "Fun Home", Alison Bechdel tackles the complicated relationship she has with her mother in this highly personal graphic novel. Juxtaposing her revelations about her mother with the theories of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and author Virginia Woolf, Bechdel creates a multilayered account of her childhood, personal and professional life. Her interest in psychology sets the stage for a rich analysis of her dreams, therapy sessions and the personal struggle behind the book's creation.
July 14th 2012 marked Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday. Woody Guthrie wrote songs that became not only the sound-track of an era, but permanent fixtures of our American Identity. Guthrie's more than 3,000 songs covering countless subjects and appealing to all ages represented the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war.
We've heard from some of you who miss the display of your position on the holds listing for a particular title. We miss it, too.
Why is it gone?
We recently joined CCS, a consortium of 24 libraries. With such a big group of libraries, it is not possible to display this information in a useful way.
Thank you to the many supporters who turned out to march with us in the July 4th parade. A good time was had by all!"
Essayist and humorist Nora Ephron (1941 - 2012) was also one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers. Below is a look at clips from select movies in her filmography.
Summer officially starts on June 21 when the solstice takes place. But here at the Highland Park Public Library, we consider Ravinia to be the start of summer! This summer at Ravinia, all sorts of neat and exciting things are happening. Here are of some of them.
Jenny Lawson, best known for her side-splittingly funny, irreverent blog at thebloggess.com, delivers more of the same here, in her (mostly true) memoir. Jenny grew up poor in rural Texas, the daughter of a taxidermist father whose idea of a good joke was making puppets out of roadkill. An outsider who later struggled with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and now rheumatoid arthritis, she recounts the trials and tribulations of her life in a no-holds-barred, double-barreled, profanity-laden manner.
Highland Park is home to many fine things. The city proudly hosts the Ravinia Festival every summer. We have well-crafted homes that are the pinnacle of architecture, a breathtaking beachfront and a thriving culinary scene. But what you may not know is that Highland Park is also home to an excellent blues record label, The Sirens Records.
With our move to CCS, you can enjoy:
1. A new and improved Library catalog with the ability to search across 24 area libraries, create item lists and bookshelves, share with your friends and family, write book reviews, and more.
2. Immediate access to the the shared resources of all of the member libraries.
Cartoonist Marisa Acocella shares her personal battle with breast cancer in a way only a New Yorker can in this illustrated memoir. On the eve of her marriage to a handsome Italian restaurant owner, Marisa finds a lump in her breast and it feels like everything she loves is about to be sucked into a black hole. But with courage, her faithful fiance, slightly crazy Italian mother, brutally honest friends and a little dose of fashion, she manages her eleven month treatment with grace and more than a little humor.
The library is proud to annouce the next event of our ongoing Sunday afternoon film series. We will be hosting a screening and discussion of the Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris". This is happening this Sunday, April 28th, at 2pm in the library's auditorium.
Jacob Portman always thought that his grandfather was embellishing tales about the time he spent in a Wales orphanage during WWII in order to frighten him; the photographs he showed him of children with strange characteristics could not possibly be real. But when Jacob's grandfather is murdered and Jacob swears he sees a horrible monster lurking nearby, he decides to investigate his grandfather's past in the hopes of discovering the eery circumstances of his death.
One of the perks of being a librarian is seeing all the new books come in before they go out to the shelves. In the past, we've occasionally picked some new, yet-to-be-shelved titles to feature here and let our readers in on the fun. We haven't done a post like that in too long, so here are some picks from our newest new book cart!
Boudinot, Ryan. Blueprints of the Afterlife
The month of April brings daffodils, tulips and bumble bees. But did you know that in the month of April, our lights changed to BLUE?
Starting on April 2nd, the Highland Park Public Library is participating in Autism Speak's Light It Up Blue program to promote awareness and rasie funds for autism.
We’re gearing up for a great spring all ready! Temperatures are high, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and a lot of best-selling authors are coming out with spring releases! If you’d like to get ahead of the rush, here’s a small sampling of some of this spring’s sure-bet bestsellers! Call or visit the library to place your reserves now!
Hazel has resigned herself to being sick for a long time and then dying; That's just what happens when you have terminal cancer. But when she meets Augustus, a survivor in remission, at her usually uneventful cancer support group, her life radically changes, and so does his.
Two brand new iPads loaded with twenty early literacy, reading readiness, and interactive e-book applications are now mounted in the literacy area, next to the game computers. Several of the apps are specifically designed for children with special needs, but all of the apps can be played and enjoyed by anyone. If you look on our Facebook page, you can see more pictures of Miss Deena having a ball playing her favorite game.
Maisie Dobbs has a truly impressive history: housemaid, Cambridge student, wartime nurse and now, a private detective. With help from her former employer, Lady Rowan, Maisie's natural ambition, intelligence and empathy aid her in solving some complex mysteries.
In this epic, illustrated love story, two young slaves who come to find one another against the harsh landscape of the Middle East, must struggle against overwhelming obstacles to be together. A mix of religious stories, mysticism and contemporary social commentary, Craig Thompson (author of Blankets) beautifully renders how a nine year-old Dodola and infant Zam escape slavery, grow into adulthood on an abandoned ship in the desert, and then are forced apart once more just as they begin to feel passion for one another as adults.
The wait is almost over! Popular book discussion leader Judy Levin will be returning to the Highland Park Public Library this spring for a three book discussion series. Multiple copies of each title will be available for check-out prior to the discussion, so come prepared to talk!
March 13, 1 PM: "Await Your Reply" by Dan Chaon
April 10, 1PM: "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown
May 8, 1PM: "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2011, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. All underlined titles below are in the Library's collection.
The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, was released on Blu-ray and DVD yesterday. The latest is about Bond (Daniel Craig) investigating an attack on MI6 as well as an assassination attempt on the agent M (Judi Dench) by a rogue agent named Raoul Silvia (Javier Bardem).
Our ever-popular Book Club Collection has gotten a makeover! A few less relevant titles have been cycled back out into our general fiction and non-fiction collections, and we have added four new titles for your consideration. These books, as always, are challenging, literary, and fascinating, chosen with an eye toward "discussability" as well as leisure reading pleasure. We hope you'll check them out! (Pun intended, by the way.)
Brown, Eleanor. The Weird Sisters
Fallon, Siobhan. You Know When the Men are Gone
When the Bergamots' fifteen-year-old son, Jake, forwards a sexually explicit video from a thirteen-year-old schoolmate on to his best friend without thinking, he ignites a firestorm that threatens to consume his family and the life they have built for themselves among the socially elite in New York City.
Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt
An ambitious intellectual history of the Twentieth Century in which Judt examines the many currents that shaped the innovations, conflicts, economics and politics of our recent past.
"... this marvelous précis, vibrantly alive, rich, and piquant, is one last gift from an exceptional public intellectual. Not only academics and fans of Judt, but also those who enjoy the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker will flock to read it." (Library Journal)
This sharply comic first novel kept my interest from start to finish and has often entered my thoughts months after finishing it. The story centers on the chaotic art that performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang create along with their two children who are participants—often unwillingly—in the bedlam their parents force upon others…in shopping malls, subway stations, and various other public places. As the novel progresses, we see how this life has affected the psyches of the Fang children.
One of the perks of being a librarian is seeing all the new books come in before they go out to the shelves. In the past, we've occasionally picked some new, yet-to-be-shelved titles to feature here and let our readers in on the fun. We haven't done a post like that in too long, so here are some picks from our newest new book cart!
Lister, Michael. "The Big Goodbye" (MYS)
"Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining. Michael Lister's PI Jimmy "Solider" Riley is a compelling noir hero." (From the book jacket)
The murders of three Christian children are being blamed on the innocent Jews of 12th century Cambridge, England in the first installment of this historical mystery series. In order to clear their name, King Henry calls for an expert, a master of the art of death, to determine who is really to blame. Instead, he gets a mistress, Adelia Aguilar, a trained physician from Salerno, Italy. She is talented, stubborn and on a dangerous mission to discover the real killer, who is still roaming Cambridge, perhaps under her very nose.
2011 has seen a lot of wonderful novels, many of them by well-established authors. But there have also been quite a few break-through successes for brand-new authors. Many of the most popular and well-reviewed books of the year have been debut novels from first-time authors or authors who had only published short stories or memoirs previous to their novelistic success. Here’s hoping the years to come bring more great novels from these rising stars!
Benaron, Naomi. Running the Rift
Harbach, Chad. The Art of Fielding
Well, it’s 2012, amazing as that may seem, and most people are looking ahead to the new year, making their resolutions…and resolving not to break them this time. But before we move forward, let’s take a moment to look back over the last year and remember some of the great novelists and writers who passed away. Though they themselves are gone, here’s to hoping their great works of fiction and nonfiction survive for many years to come!
Brian Jacques, 2/5/11
Diana Wynne Jones, 3/26/11
Joanna Russ, 4/29/11
William Sleator, 8/3/11
So you've read Tina Fey's Bossypants...now what? Feed your appetite for another humorous read with Mindy Kaling's honest memoir. The Emmy-nominated writer and actress on The Office tackles everything from growing up chubby to her unabashed love of chest hair. The randomness of the amusing topics covered is anchored by the important eras in her life as well as her friends, family and evolution of her career.
This beautifully crafted story opens with Atkinson introducing the reader to three seemingly unrelated crimes: a missing child from thirty years ago, a murderous office rampage, and a new mother who kills her husband after a mental breakdown. Private investigator Jackson Brodie has been hired to solve the cases by the loved ones left behind who desperately need closure. While the investigations have been cold for years, Brodie slowly begins to weave together the details of each one until all three have startling revelations.
The CKUA Radio Network presents Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On, a new 26-part series featuring the original recordings of the Folkways Collection, now a cornerstone of Smithsonian Folkways Records' vast catalogue. This series, hosted by Michael Asch, the only child of Folkways Records' founder Moses Asch, and researched by Robert Wiznura, is a co-production of The Smithsonian Women's Committee, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta, and the CKUA Radio Network.
Life in a Day is a crowdsourced documentary film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to the YouTube video sharing website, the clips showing respective occurrences from around the world on a single day, July 24, 2010.
A cassocked monk stands on a mountaintop. Arms outstretched, he forms a tau, the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet. Having escaped from within a cloistered Vatican-like chuch city compound called the Citadel, carved out of a mountain near the fictional Turkish city of Ruin, the escaped monk attracts media attention as he deliberately throws himself off the mountain. Brother Samuel, the escaped monk, knew a secret…a secret the monks of the Citadel have been protecting for thousands of years.
A lot of popular authors have books coming out this fall and winter! If you want to get a head-start on writing up your "to-read" lists, look no further!
Coming in November:
Evanovich, Janet. Explosive Eighteen
Grafton, Sue. V is for Vengeance
King, Stephen. 11/22/63
Patterson, James. Kill Alex Cross
Sanderson, Brandon. The Alloy of Law
Coming in December:
Connelly, Michael. The Drop
Cornwell, Patricia. Red Mist
Koontz, Dean. 77 Shadow Street
Did you know we have a fun, fast and easy language learning program called Mango Languages? The best part is it's free and you can access it anywhere there is Internet with your library card. Mango is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Learn more about Mango Languages here.
The Youth Sevices Department continues to prepare for the new Book Match season. Staff has written twenty-five questions for each of the thirty-three new Book Match titles.
Book Match readers continue to read their way through the fifty book list. Many have checked out one of the Youth Services eighteen Book Match Nooks. Using the Nooks, some kids have managed to read three or more Book Match titles during the three week loan period.
At participating schools Book Match preparation is in full swing as students and coaches meet to practice for the winter season.
Before I Go to Sleep is SJ Watson's first novel, a thriller in the mold of Christopher Nolan's film on the impermanence of memory, Memento. The novel's heroine and storyteller, Chrissie, awakes in a strange bed, with a strange man sleeping beside her. A look in the bathroom mirror reveals a woman some 20 years older than she last remembers. Who is she, and how did she get here?
The model trains will be rolling again on Saturday, Oct. 22nd form 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The guys from the North Central O Guagers Railroad club spend hours creating all those fantastic Halloween scenes. I'm sure that many of the old favorites will be back and I bet there will be some great additions. Lots of people have been asking about this event already. It's become a Halloween traditon in Highland Park.
After her father stakes (and loses) her tuition money on a dotcom startup, our heroine sheds her family name and takes to the blogosphere as Cassandra Devine. An aggressive, uber-caffeinated voice in the night, she unwittingly mobilizes her brethren into a battle with the “Ungreatest Generation” – their parents. The baby boomers are retiring en masse, buckling the social security system as they reach for their nine irons. Cassandra Devine is not prepared to foot the bill.
An unusual horror novel set in the past, in a small mountain town in Idaho, Eutopia is a page turner. Jason Thistledown ends up in the strange town of Elaida, Idaho, after his mom and his town are wiped out by a strange disease. An aunt, whom he didn’t know he had, shows up in the aftermath of this catastrophe to spirit Jason away to Elaida where he falls in love and faces the strange beings who inhabit this corner of the world.
Author Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel is the story of a foster girl, Victoria, making her way in the world once she is out of the foster care system. The story is about Victoria's relationships -- both when she is a young woman and as a child, and how she communicates with others through the Victorian language of flowers. In Victorian times, different flowers had different meanings, and in fact, the book even includes a glossary of flowers and their meanings.
Winston Churchill fought a life-long battle with clinical depression. He characterized that depression as being a big black dog that bedeviled him. In "Mr. Chartwell," Rebecca Hunt takes that metaphorical description and makes it literal. Churchill's depression is literally a big black dog who gives his name variously as Mr. Chartwell (Chartwell being the name of Churchill's home estate) and Black Pat.
One of our newer online resources is Universal Class, which offers over 500 online continuing education classes. The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor. Classes cover a wide varierty of subjects: computers, business, arts & photography, crafts, GED prep, health & medicine, writing help, homeschooling, and more!
It isn’t an original set-up: two former lovers briefly reunite in Rome and sift through the ashes of their long-lost romance. Yet, Mary Gordon is such a skilled writer that she should have been able to pull it off. Her descriptions of Rome do bring the city to life, and she carefully develops both of the main characters. Still the book never quite lives up to Gordon’s usual standard.
There's no denying it. The zombie apocalypse is upon us--at least judging by this recent crop of zombie books. Our final challenge is to read a book about zombies. It can be funny or scary, but it's finally time to face them.
How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse?
Ajvide Lindqvist, John. Handling the Undead (F)
Beamer, Amelia. The Loving Dead (F)
Brallier, Max. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (F)
The long-awaited latest Sookie Stackhouse book was published early in May. In it, Sookie deals with the fallout from the fae war, has a big change in her relationship status, discovers great-uncle Dermot has a knack for home improvements, and is happy to see Bubba back from an extended trip. Sookie’s friends and family never have a dull moment as excitement and trouble happen wherever Sookie goes.
There's nothing like a good thriller for beach reading. This week is pure adrenaline rush and your challenge is to read a fast-paced thriller from our list or of your choice. Looking over your shoulder occasionally or staying up all night to finish it is entirely permissable. As Michael Jackson put it:
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it!
Baldacci, David. Winner (MYS)
Child, Lee. 61 Hours (MYS)
Child, Lincoln. Terminal Freeze (F)
Grisham, John. The Confession (F)
Logue, the grandson of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to King George VI, wrote this biography of his grandfather after having discovered some letters and journals that had been kept by a different branch of the family. Mark Logue always knew part of the story, but with this new material was able to put together a much more comprehensive look at his grandfather and his extraordinary relationship with the King.
You may recall that last year the North Suburban Library System (NSLS), of which Highland Park is a member, was nearly shut down by the lack of state funding. Everything but the most essential services - notably, interlibrary loan - was cut.
Criterion Collection releases represent the highest quality in technical standards and artistic value. Criterion's primary focus is on classics of world cinema and Hollywood, independent films, documentaries, and emerging directors. In addition, releases often contain significant supplemental materials that enhance the enjoyment and understanding of these important films. To see a list of the foreign language Criterion tiltes at the library click here. To explore English language Criterion titles at the library click here.
There has been a publishing trend toward combining classic characters with zombies or other supernatural characters. If you enjoy the original character and don't mind some monster interaction, you may have fun with this week's theme. This week's challenge is to read one of these, or other books that combine classic literature with a little creepy fun.
Classic Literature--Now with 100% More Monster!
Brown, Eric and H.G. Wells. War of the Worlds, Plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies (SF)
Erwin, Sherri and Charlotte Brontë. Jane Slayre (F)
Still on our zombie theme, of course, we imagine that many of us, when faced with a zombie, might just turn and run. Of course all you brave zombie hunters will have alternative plans. Your challenge is to consider your zombie plan while reading one of these or other books with the word "Run" in the title (just in case).
And don't look back!!!
Bloom, Elizabeth. See Isabelle Run (MYS)
Clark, Mary Jane. Nowhere to Run (F)
Frost, Scott. Run the Risk (F)
Garber, Joseph. Vertical Run (F)
Lupica, Mike. Bump and Run (F)
Each of us copes with loss in a different way. For Frank and Ellie Benton the sorrow is huge, occasioned by the death of their young son, Benny. As their marriage falters in the wake of the tragedy, Frank accepts a job offer in India, hoping that the change of scene will heal them. Once there the two face new challenges as Frank’s company deals with labor unrest, and Frank forms a strong but problematic attachment to Ramesh, his cook’s young son.
Sometimes it's hard to determine just who the zombies are. This week's challenge is to read a book about a disfunctional character or family. As always, we're giving you some suggestions to get you started.
Keep your enemies close!
Bartok, Mira. The Memory Palace. (B B288)
Berg, Elizabeth. The Art of Mending. (F)
Cadwalladr, Carole. The Family Tree. (F)
Hopkins, Ellen. Burned. (F)
Karr, Mary. The Liars’ Club. (B K 183)
McMillan, Terry. A Day Late and a Dollar Short. (F)
I'll be the first to admit that we sometimes get a little silly with our themes. Still, we hope you have as much fun with them as we do. This week's challenge is to read a book by an author named Shaun--however you choose to spell it. As always, we've given you some choices to pick from.
Shaun, Shawn, or Sean?
Chercover, Sean. Big City, Bad Blood (MYS)
Connery, Sean. Being a Scot (941.1 C752)
Doolittle, Sean. Safer (F)
Greer, Andrew Sean. The Story of a Marriage (F)
What can you say about a paranormal romance in which the love interest is a fallen angel? Not only is he a fallen angel, but he’s an angel named Patch. It's really difficult to take the character seriously with a name like that. Still, I persevered in reading this recent teen paranormal romance.
Who knows where the zombies will come from. Are they from Earth or somewhere else? This week's challenge is to read a science fiction book. We're giving you a few recommendations to get you started.
Keep your eye on the sky...they're coming!
Calder, Richard. The Twist (SF)
Flynn, Michael. Eifelheim (SF)
Mandery, Evan. First contact, or, It's later than you think (F)
Meyer, Stephenie. The Host (SF)
Niven, Larry. Footfall (SF)
Sagan, Carl. Contact (SF)
Sigler, Scott. Contagious (SF)
Hear ye! Hear Ye!
A wonderful time was had by all at the Renaissance Faire hosted by the Highland Park Public Library on Sunday, June 5th. The faire was the grand kick-off event for the Youth Services summer reading program, “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.”
On a picture perfect day, in the clearing behind the library, faire goers met knights, ladies-in-waiting, a royal falconer with hunting falcons and hawks, and the court jester. The faire was made possible by The Friends of the Highland Park Library.
It’s the rare book that can consider weighty themes without a bleak tone and plot. As readers we’re often forced to choose between literary fiction that borders on the morose and lighter fare that can feel like a waste of time. Not so with Siri Hustvedt’s new novel, Summer without Men. Hustvedt manages to examine everything from adolescent bullying to the potential grief and loneliness of old age in a charming novel that never seems depressing thanks to the wry humor of the first person narrator, Mia.
With a few notable exceptions (Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Bill Bryson), I believe authors should not attempt to narrate their own audio books. I mention this because I recently listened to Sarah Vowell’s latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes. While the content of the book was interesting enough, I became really irritated by the author’s reading of it by disk 2. This did not bode well for a favorable review.
It has to start somewhere. For week one, we challenge you to read the first book in a series. We're giving you some suggestions just for fun, and as always, you're welcome to choose any book of 100 pages or more from our collection to read or listen to to fulfill your summer reading goal.
Chiaverini, Jennifer. Quilter’s Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts) (F)
Fforde, Jasper. Eyre Affair (Thursday Next series) (MYS)
Harris, Charlaine. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse series) (MYS)
Sally considers herself fortunate. As a lady’s maid to Lady Duff Gordon, she has come up the ranks from being an orphan without skills to having a secure job of some prestige. When Lady Duff Gordon becomes ill with a lung disease, her doctor suggests she relocate to the warm, dry climate of Egypt. Sally can scarcely believe her luck in being asked to go along to care for her lady. Sally craves adventure and having spent her precious free time at the British Museum studying the Egyptian culture, she knows what a wonderful opportunity is ahead.
Gwynne covers a lot of history in his book. This is, in part, the biography of Quanah Parker, the last Comanche Chief. More than that, it's the history of Texas settlers spilling onto the open plains and their persistence in pushing the frontier forward despite vicious battles with southern plains tribes.
In Meldrum's first adult novel, an uncommunicative family moves to Africa to become medical missionaries because of a whim of the father, a pathologist. When the family leaves Michigan for Africa in 1976, they have no idea what to expect and little knowledge of the area to which they are transported.
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If you’re a regular reader, you probably know I’m a Bryson fan. Still, I was hesitant to pick up his latest because the description made it sound a tad boring. Recently, when I saw the audio edition available, I picked it up just to see. I’m glad I did!
Cookbooks are wildly popular here and have been for years. I find I sometimes have to watch the food channel to see who is who and who cooks what so I can assist those seeking the cookbook written by the woman with the southern accent, or the one who cooks Italian and has that husband on the show sometimes.
Abandoned by his girlfriend and struggling to make ends meet as a freelance translator, Georg is leading a dull, lonely life until one phone call changes everything. Hired be a new translation agency where he meets and quickly falls in love with a new coworker, Georg’s life finally seems to be turning around. Then a former employer dies, and Georg has the chance to advance his career even further by buying his own agency.
'We are pleased to announce the winners of the One Book, One Highland Park Science Fiction Story Contest. Read the winning stories:
Adult First Place: “Levitation” By Paul McComas
published in Paul McComas' book, Unforgettable (2011 Walkabout Publishing)
Conor Grennan didn’t set out to be a hero. In fact, the only reasons he volunteered to spend three months helping out in a Nepalese orphanage was that 1) it would be a great way to pick up women (Who could resist that resume item?) and 2) it made him sound less selfish to his family and friends as he outlined his plan to blow through his entire savings accumulated over 8 years in the working world since college graduation.
We are proud to welcome you to our new website. Our aim is to make your visit to the "Virtual Branch" of the Library easy to navigate. New features include ...
► Book reviews on the front page. Clicking on a book jacket will take you to a review, either from our Readers' Advisory Blog, Bibliofiles, or our Youth Department.
► Blog postings from each Library department. The newest post appears on the home page. Clilcking on the "more" link will take you to older items.
► A Quick Links menu to get the answers to many of your most-asked questions.
There's a lot more coming in May than warm weather and flowers. For the first time some of the Book Match titles will also be available on Nooks.
Starting May 1st anyone aged 8 and up can check out one of the Youth Services Nooks for three weeks. Look for the display on the side panel of the Book Match book shelf.
The Youth Services Department is pleased to announce the arrival of their new staff members, Arthur Pengerbil, Merlin Ambrogerbil, and Lancelot du Gerbil. Arthur is a standard brown gerbil, Merlin is a black tuxedo gerbil, and Lancelot is a Siamese gerbil. Come by and see them, or if you can't wait for your next library trip, you can watch their first YouTube video.
Susan Casey is a journalist and author of The Devil’s Teeth, a book about great white sharks. In her latest, she studies the large waves of tsunamis, rogue waves, and large waves coveted by tow surfers. She spends much time with giant wave surfer, Laird Hamilton and his friends, as well as with climatologists, wave scientists, and those in shipping to try get a layman’s view of what causes these waves as well as their effects.
Have you ever heard of the John Newbery Medal? It is an award given every year by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished American children’s book. You have probably already read books that have won the medal or received a Newbery Honor without even knowing it!
Want to price an antique but don't know where to turn? Try Price it! Antiques and Collectibles, a comprehensive resource for identifying, researching and pricing art, antiques and collectibles. Sign on at home with your Highland Park Library card and start searching!
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