Friday, January 12, 2018

How the Library Can Help You Achieve Your Health Goals in 2018

It's that time of year again, where we re-focus our attention to health. See how the Lake Forest Library can help you achieve your health goals this year.

Download and Stream
  • Exercise videos like yoga, boot camp, and pilates through the Hoopla app
  • Music to exercise with through the Hoopla and Freegal apps 
  • eMagazines like Men's Health, Runners World, Weight Watchers, and Shape to your tablet or smartphone through the RB Digital app
  • Health and diet books and cookbooks through the Hoopla and Overdrive (Libby) apps

Check Out
  • Books from our huge collection of cookbooks and health books
  • Exercise DVDs ranging from arthritis workouts to 21 day shreds
  • Books and magazines focusing on mental health, including topics like stress management and mindfulness


Our ongoing programs to improve health. Our monthly cookbook club will help improve your cooking skills, while classes like meditation, yoga, kickboxing, and painting can improve your mental and physical health. 

  • Using our health databases such as Health Source: Consumer Edition and MedLine Plus
  • Local health care providers through the Chicago Consumers' Checkbook database

Monday, January 8, 2018

What to Read Next: Little Fires Everywhere Edition

If you loved Celeste Ng's, Little Fires Everywhere, you might want to give one of these family centered novels a try next.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned -- from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. 

Enter Mia Warren -- an enigmatic artist and single mother -- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

What to Read Next: 
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. 

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

 The Leavers by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. 

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. 

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport—the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an “arrival party,” an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.

Even independent-minded Maryam is drawn in. But only up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by one of the Donaldson clan, a good-hearted man of her vintage, recently widowed and still recovering from his wife’s death, suddenly all the values she cherishes—her traditions, her privacy, her otherness—are threatened. Somehow this big American takes up so much space that the orderly boundaries of her life feel invaded. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lake Forest Librarian's Best of 2017

We asked our librarians to tell us their favorite books published in the last year and why they like them. What do you think? What were your favorites?

Trish's Picks

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
There is so much focus on the importance of diet (nutrition) and exercise for healthy living and longevity, yet sleep plays a larger role than one might suspect.  This is an eye opening revelation into the vital significance of sufficient and consistent "shut eye" necessary for optimal physical and mental health.

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese  
Atrocities and crimes against humanity are all too prevalent and seemingly more than ever common place in our world today. Though there are some who would minimize or even deny the horrific annihilation in the holocaust, it must be retold and never be forgotten.  This is a heart wrenching intimate and tragic retelling of an inter-generational family saga interwoven with Nazis' theft the famous Klimt portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.

The Hearts of Men​ by Nicholas Butler
You wouldn't necessarily know the strong character that often develops in the bullied class victim, but this story is a poignant telling of courage, integrity and bravery spawned from an unbelievably tormenting childhood.  A must read.







Karen's Picks

Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Very suspenseful novel about a hit-and-run accident and a physician's attempts to cover it up. He "pays" in interesting and unexpected ways. The description of his emotional struggle made this hard to put down!

The Dry by Jane Harper
Conveyed the sense of a hot and dry climate--you felt as if you were in the small rural Australian town where the book takes place. So well written that it was hard to believe it is Jane Harper's first novel. Unpredictable plot with lots of twists and turns.







 Judy's Pick 

Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow. 
It is a mystery involving a newly discovered music manuscript set mostly in Prague at different historical periods.  I had a patron come up and tell me it was one of his favorites too.






Catherine's Picks

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Although drawn from a real life scandal - a Memphis-based adoption organization kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families throughout the US – it is a heart-wrenching story of a search for belonging and family. A wonderful story to read and discuss.

You Don’t Have to SayYou Love Me by Sherman Alexie, Jr.
Fans of Sherman Alexie expect no less than great literature, and once again he delivers with this memoir packed full of emotion, stories, and his poetry. His work is thought provoking and a constant reminder that despite the wealth of Native American culture, its populations continue to be denied access to good healthcare, education, and housing. 





Wendy's Picks

 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
16-year old Starr Carter lives in a poor urban neighborhood but goes to a suburban prep school. She also is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her friend by a police officer. How she copes in these contrasting environments, the people we meet in her two different worlds, and her fears and responsibilities as a witness brought me closer to some situations I’ve never experienced. The story had neither the setting nor language I would normally choose but was very compelling and shook up some assumptions I realized I had made.




Liz's Picks 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
This book just really affected me. It was beautiful, heartbreaking and moving. When a young Nigerian couple, Yjede and Akin, get married, they agree that polygamy is not for them. However, after several years without a child, Akin’s family coerces him into taking a second wife. Told from both Yjede and Akin’s points of view, you see how this decision affects them both.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Even though these short stories were only loosely connected, I couldn’t stop reading them, almost as if it were a thriller. Strout writes beautifully about ordinary people in mostly ordinary lives all centered on a small fictional town in Illinois. 







Kate's Picks 

Celine by Peter Heller
Celine is a quick-witted ace detective whose elegance and ingenuity delight us. She specializes in reuniting families as atonement for the father she hardly knew.

Grief Cottage by Gail Goodwin
Sent to live with a distant and aloof artist aunt, Marcus becomes infatuated with a deserted home on the beach and the story of the family that once inhabited it.  Set in South Carolina, this novel depicts the fine lines of family, grief and healing and the relationships between the living and the dead.






Michelle's Pick

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Meet the breakfast club, if it were a murder mystery. Bronwyn is the brain, Addy is the beauty, Cooper is the athlete, Nate, the criminal, and Simon, the outcast.  Five students walk into detention. Only four walk out. All four have a secret to keep. Were they willing to commit a murder to conceal it? This YA “whodunit” is full of relatable characters and an engaging storyline.