Thursday, September 3, 2015


Welcome readers in grades 2-6!  This fall we will host two different book discussion clubs in September, October & November or December: Junior Readers for grades 2 & 3 and Family Book Club for grades 4, 5 & 6.  Written by popular, award-winning authors, these books should spark some lively, entertaining discussions!

Wednesdays 7-8 pm
September 23  --  Mr. Klutz is Nuts!  by Dan Gutman         
      The kids from the My Weird School series can expect craziness as part of the curriculum.  Join A.J and his  pals as  their skateboarding princi ‘pal’ offers unusual incentives to his students to motivate them to learn more.

October 28  --  Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
            Children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.  It’s already occupied by a ghost and her human friend.

December 2  --  Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
            While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space encountering and escaping from lady pirates, volcanoes, dinosaur professors and near death!


Wednesdays 7-8 pm

September 16  --  The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
            Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea.  For his own protection, his mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.  First book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.

October 14  --  The Witches by Roald Dahl
            Real witches don't ride around on broomsticks. They don't even wear black cloaks and hats. This spine-chilling story will tell you all you need to know about the cunning masqueraders, and bring you face-to-face with a true hero, a wonderful old grandmother who smokes cigars.

November 18  --  Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak
            Tender-hearted Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.  He and his friend Elena take the donkey under their wing and learn that an animal can be both pet and worker.

Stop by the Children’s Library to register and pick up a copy of book.

Funded by Friends of the Lake Forest Library

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Remisoff murals

Facing the library entrance one sees on the right the Roman poet Virgil, author of the Aeneid and other classics. None of the other figures is named; the man lying on his stomach doesn’t look too happy.

On the left is the orator Cicero and listening intently on his right is the philosopher Seneca.  Cicero eventually irritated Mark Antony to the point where the Roman consul had him executed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale - Fall 2015

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Join your friends and neighbors for the third annual Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, a one book/one community program that fosters a culture of reading and a sense of community in our city. Each year a title is selected from the works of writers affiliated with Ragdale, the artists’ residency which has supported authors and their creative process for over 35 years.

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai is this year’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale title.  The story is set in an artists' colony on the North Shore and, while not Ragdale, it is unarguably influenced by its architecture and legacy. A number of related programs will take place at various locations throughout the fall. (See below for details.) Copies of The Hundred-Year House are available to borrow at Lake Forest Library and to purchase from Lake Forest Book Store.  

Rebecca Makkai lives with her family in Lake Forest. In addition to The Hundred-Year House (2014) she has written The Borrower (2011), and Music for Wartime: Stories (2015). She has attended three residencies at Ragdale and is participating in the Lake Forest College program, Writing by the Lake.

Calendar of Events

Thursday 9/ 17/15 12 noon – Book Discussion led by Judy Levin. The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai. Lake Forest Library, Children’s Programming Room.

Thursday 10/1/15  7:00 pm “Lake Forest One Hundred Years Ago”, a presentation by the Laurie Stein, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, Lake Forest Library, Children’s Programming Room

Thursday 10/15/15 10:30 am – Tea and Talk with Rebecca Makkai. Ragdale House, 1230 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. Lake Forest Book Store will have copies of The Hundred-Year House available for purchase. Call  847-234- 1063 or email for more information.

Wednesday 10/21/15 7:00 pm – A Conversation with Rebecca Makkai, Moderator Professor Davis Schneiderman, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College (Reservations required. Visit to sign up.)
Program Partners: Friends of Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, The Ragdale Foundation

Call Adult Services for more information 847-810-4610. Events are free and open to the public

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fall Adult Book Discussions

Afternoons with Judy Levin
Thursdays 12 Noon

September 17 – The Hundred-Year House 
                          by Rebecca Makkai
October 15 – The Book of Unknown Americans
                      by Cristina HenrĂ­quez
December 3 – All the Light We Cannot See 
                       by Anthony Doerr

Evenings with Elise Barack 
Thursdays 7:15 pm
October 8 – We are Not Ourselves 
                     by Matthew Thomas
November 12 – H is for Hawk
                          by Helen MacDonald
December 10 – The Children Act
                          by Ian McEwan
Please Note: This fall our adult book discussions are following a slightly different schedule than they have in the past.  Discussions still will be held once a month on Thursdays but note that there are two dates in December in place of a September meeting in the evening and a November date in the afternoon.

Funded by Friends of Lake Forest Library