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Early Voting

Early voting has started with the Lake County Clerk's Office from September 29-October 21 (18 N. County St., Room 101, Waukegan IL -- 847/377-2410, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.) Expanded early voting will begin October Monday October 24-November 5. The early voting site in Highland Park is the Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road (hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.)

Lake County residents can vote at any of the Lake County early voting sites from October 24-November 5. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For additional information about voting, candidates, judicial ratings, the transportation lockbox Illinois Constitutional Amendment, and other election information, see our Election 2016 blog entry.

Great New Books for Fall 2016

Looking for the next 'great' read? Here are some of the books our librarians were "buzzing" about at our 'What's the Buzz' program on September 8th.

The exhausted and underappreciated working mom of Gayle Forman's book does the unthinkable, she runs away from home, leaving her 4 year old twins and their father to fend for themselves. 


A Gentleman in Moscow opens in June 1922 as 32 year old Russian aristocrat, count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to life imprisonment in the luxurious Metropol Hotel in Moscow. 


Claude Monet, suffering from cataracts and self-doubt, the death of his wife and eldest son, the privations of war-ravaged France, has his greatest artistic achievement still ahead of him. In a fascinating portrayal, Ross King, captures the tortured genius of Monet, obsessed, determined, desperate to complete the massive canvasses hat comprise the panoramic series of water lily paintings. 


In Sunlight or In Shadow is a collection of seventeen short stories, each accompanied by a color plate of the Edward Hopper painting that inspired it.   


After his death in 1697, almost three centuries passed before Aubrey was fully recognized as a pioneer biographer, inventing a new form of biography. In John Aubrey, My Own Story, Ruth Scurr allows Aubrey to speak for himself about himself, though his brief autobiographical notes and , primarily through his writings and correspondence. 

Ruth Scurr allows us to journey with a man of wide-ranged interests, imaginative, sensitive, self-effacing, humorous, brilliant; living in tempestuous times that witnessed the execution of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell, the restoration of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution that resulted in the reign of William and Mary. John Aubrey's own story is an entertaining and illuminating historical treasure. 


In her signature blend of quirkiness and heart, Semple explores how a former life is not so easily forgotten. A bittersweet, funny and honest look at one woman's existential crisis. 


In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever. 


Blood at the Root is a sweeping American tale that spans the Cherokee removals of the 1830s, the hope and promise of Reconstruction, and the crushing injustice of Forsyth’s racial cleansing. With bold storytelling and lyrical prose, Phillips breaks a century-long silence and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century.

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