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Hey Puzzle Fanatics, We Have Something For You

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:

 

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A New Online Catalog

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.

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Introducing Our New STEM Kits!

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!

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Ravinia Poster Collection in Audio-Visual Department

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!

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Nixon resigns! Read all about it in the Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper database

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


in the Chicago Tribune Historical Newspapers database. Look in Online Resources in the "Start Here" menu on our home page.

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Library Apps Take Center Stage: Mango Languages Library Edition

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.

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Listen to Upcoming Ravinia Artists on Hoopla & Freegal

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.

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Louis Zamperini

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.

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STEM is In Full Bloom at Storytime!

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".


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Dandelion Seeds Everywhere!

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So Many Seeds

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Stream TV, Movies, Music & Audiobooks free with Hoopla Digital

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.

 

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Tax Forms

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.

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RFID is coming

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!

African Fiction

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

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2014 Audie Award Finalists Announced!

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:

gaiman and ocean
sedaris and lets explore
rowell and eleanor

2013 Grammy Awards

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.

Adele

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One Click Digital audio book service is being replaced

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.

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NEW! Chicago Consumers' Checkbook can now be accessed from home

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.

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History in the Headlines: The Kennedy Assasination

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.

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Tax Forms

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.

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iRead Kickoff!

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

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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2013/14 Season

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.

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NEW! Freegal Downloadable & Streaming Music Service

Looking for a way to get free MP3 music that you can play on your iPhone/iPodAndroid, 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. 

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Bob Dylan Receives France's Legion of Honour Award

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.

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Verdi Bicentenary (1813 - 2013)

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.

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2013 Academy Awards

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.

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The 70th Annual Golden Globes

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.

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Dirt! The Movie

Find out more on Sunday, October 9, at 2 p.m. in the Library's Auditorium!
 
Dirt! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil and tells the story of earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. A discussion with William Bogot, chair of the Highland Park Natural Resources Commission, follows the showing.

Presented with the Highland Park Natural Resources Commission.

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Politics in Film Series

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.  

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If you love Downton Abbey, read this!

Can't get enough of Downton Abbey? These novels will keep you satisfied until the next episode:

 

Life Class by Pat Barker

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Barker and Life Class
Goodwin and American Heiress
Hull and Losing Julia
Morton and House of Riverton
Solomons and House at Tyneford
Speller and Return of Captain John Emmett
Todd and Bitter Truth
Winspear and Maisie Dobbs

Rosenfield, Kat. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

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.

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Pineiro, Claudia

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.   

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Thank You to Local Businesses

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.

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Bechdel, Alison. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

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.

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Woody Guthrie Centennial

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.

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Where's My Holds List?

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.

Ravinia is here!

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.

 

 

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Lawson, Jenny. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir)

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.

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Your New Catalog is Here!

Get started creating your account, placing holds, renewing materials, and sharing your shelves and lists! 

 

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.

Marchetto, Marisa Acocella. Cancer Vixen: A True Story.

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.

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Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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.

riggs and peculiar children

Just a Thought -- What's On the New Book Cart?

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!

 

Fiction

Boudinot, Ryan.  Blueprints of the Afterlife

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Just a Thought--Coming Soon!

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!

 

APRIL

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iPads in the Literacy Area

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.

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Thompson, Craig. Habibi.

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.

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Just a Thought -- Spring 2012 Book Discussions with Judy Levin

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

 

 

Just a Thought -- New Additions to the Book Club Collection

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

Schulman, Helen. This Beautiful Life.

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.

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Just a Thought -- New (and Notable) Nonfiction Audiobooks

 

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)

 

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Mock Newbery

Our librarians have just held their annual Mock Newbery discussion

What's a Newbery, you ask? It's an annual award for the author of the most distinguished book for children, given by the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

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Wilson, Kevin. The Family Fang

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.

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Mock Caldecott 2012

Yesterday, our librarians held a Mock Caldecott discussion.

What's a Caldecott, you ask? It's an annual award for the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children, given by the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

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Just a Thought -- What's On the New Book Cart?

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)

 

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Franklin, Ariana. Mistress of the Art of Death.

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.

franklin and mistress of the art of death

Just a Thought.. Best Debut Novels of 2011

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

Just a Thought... Authors Who Died in 2011

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

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Kaling, Mindy. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

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.

kaling and is everyone hanging out without me

Atkinson, Kate. Case Histories.

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.

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Smithsonian Folkways

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.

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Life in a Day

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.

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Toyne, Simon. Sanctus

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.

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Just a Thought -- Coming Soon

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

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Book Match

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.

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Watson, S. J. Before I Go to Sleep

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? 

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Halloween Railroad

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.

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Buckley, Christopher. Boomsday

 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.

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Nickle, David. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

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.

Nickle and Eutopia
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Diffenbaugh, Vanessa. The Language of Flowers

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.

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Hunt, Rebecca. Mr. Chartwell

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.

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Have you tried Universal Class?

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!

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Gordon, Mary. The Love of My Youth

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. 

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Eight: World War Z

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?
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Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (F)

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Harris, Charlaine. Dead Reckoning

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. 

Harris and Dead Reckoning
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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Seven: Thriller

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)

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Logue, Mark and Peter Conradi. The Kings Speech: how one man saved the British monarchy

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.

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Criterion Collection at the Library

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.

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Six: Monster Mash

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)

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Five: Run!!!

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)

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Umrigar, Thrity. The Weight of Heaven

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.

Umrigar and Weight of Heaven
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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Four: Resident Evil

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)

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Three: Shaun of the Dead

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)

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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week Two: Plan 9 From Outer Space

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)

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Renaissance Faire

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.

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Hustvedt, Siri. The Summer Without Men

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.

Hustvedt and Summer Without Men
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Vowell, Sarah. Unfamiliar Fishes

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.

Vowell and Unfamiliar Fishes
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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Week One: Dawn of the Dead

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.

It begins...

 

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)

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Pullinger, Kate. The Mistress of Nothing

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.

Pullinger AND Mistress of Nothing

Gwynne, S. C. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

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. 

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Meldrum, Christina. Amaryllis in Blueberry

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. 

Meldrum and Amaryllis in Blueberry
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Schlink, Bernhard. The Gordian Knot

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.

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Grennan, Conor. Little Princes: one man’s promise to bring home the lost children of Nepal

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.

Little Princes

Welcome to our New Website!

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.

Meet the New Gerbils!

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.

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Casey, Susan. The Wave: In pursuit of the rogues, freaks, and giants of the ocean

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.

The Wave In pursuit of the rogues freaks and giants of the ocean
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Online Resource of the Month: Price It! Antiques and Collectibles

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