Saturday, September 16, 2017

Coffee with Books Recommended Titles

Kate and Liz Recommendations: 

Nothing is missing from Eleanor’s carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, but everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. 

Elegant, aristocratic and quirky, Celine is more than a private detective. As she travels from Brooklyn to Yellowstone to reunite a family she discovers love, hope, and learns how the past can unite all of us.

For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. 

Just because you are, a family of Psychics does not make you any stranger, odder or less loving of a family. Teen Matty finds that what brings a family in crisis together can be magic.

Marion Palm embezzled over $180,000 from her daughters’ private school so when the school faces an audit, Marion pulls piles of rubber-banded cash from their basement hiding places and flees, leaving her family to grapple with the baffled detectives, the irate school board, and the mother-shaped hole in their house. 

Based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history, a young wife finds that tragedy allows her to reinvent and begin again.  Is she able to support her family and take care of herself? 

Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, 'The Nest, ' which they are but months away from finally receiving. 

For the woman who now calls herself Ruth, every day is a chance to heal, to put together the pieces of her shattered life. Bobby said he will never let her go and she believed him.  How can she move forward while still looking back?

Former Wall Street trader Jason Stafford steps out of prison and into parenthood.  His son “the Kid” is loveable, challenging and in danger. As Stafford looks into financial irregularities on Wall Street he puts his family in danger and the only way out is to solve the crime.

A married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves. 

Best known for his Stone Barrington series, Woods discovered a new passion: sailing.  Join him on his journey, a solo adventure with all the twists and turns of his suspenseful novels. 

Meet the Alter sisters--Lady, Vee, and Delph--three delightfully witty, complicated women who live together in their family's apartment on the Upper West Side. No matter what curves life throws at these siblings, they always have a wisecrack--and each other. Now, in the waning days of 1999, as the century comes to an end, Lady, Vee, and Delph decide that their time is up too. First, they must write a note: a mesmerizing accounting of their lives that stretches back decades, to the brilliant scientist--their great-grandfather--whose sinister legacy has defined them. 

This true to life novel by the author of the memoir Glass Castle  tells the extraordinary story of the author’s frontier grandmother.  From riding 500 miles at the age of 15 to get to her teaching job to surviving droughts, flash floods and the Great Depression, this dramatic story will keep you riveted from first page to last.

Aviva Grossman is an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She is forced to change her name and move to Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, but when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. 

Britain’s Queen needs cheering up and what better way to feel better than to escape from real life and take a train trip? Without telling anyone where you are going. And you are the Queen.  In a hoodie.  This witty social and political novel is charming and clever.

Laura, Memphis-bred and struggles to adjust to new home on the Mississippi delta. Brought there by her stoic and insensitive husband, she feels isolated, and finds rural life full of prejudices. Two celebrated soldiers returning to rural Mississippi from World War 2 and find that as much as they have changed the prejudices of the Jim Crow south have not.  How do these families cope with tragedy, love and country?

Teenager, Evie is enthralled by Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged--a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. 

Did you know that Shanghai was a safe haven for Jews fleeing Hitler’s Europe?  Chinese American private detective Lydin Chin is on the case that spans cultures, decades and history.

Not a tree, no shade, no water, just sun, wind, and dust. Telling this dramatic story with empathy using real survivors’ words, the author conveys both the horror and the hardships that pioneers and homesteaders found in the great American dream. 


Patron Recommendations: 
After neurosurgeon Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant while driving on a deserted road late at night, the victim's wife tracks him down and confronts him the next day, and her price for silence shatters his safe existence. 

Strong willed Gertie Nevels is uprooted from her peaceful Kentucky life to chaotic wartime Detroit. In a pitiless world of unendurable poverty, Gertie will battle fiercely to protect those things she holds most dear- her children, her heritage, and her ability to create beauty in ugliness and despair.

A young girl, Elvis, tries to deal with her mother's death in a variety of ways. A unique, hilarious, and heartbreaking story.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Top 10 Reasons to Get a Library Card

To register for a library card, just visit us with your photo ID and proof of residency. For more information on what are acceptable forms or ID and residency visit our website.

1. Books, Movies, and Music! This may seem obvious, but it can't be stressed enough. Libraries have a vast supply of best sellers, as well as series books, and nonfiction books about everything from gardening to interior decorating, cookbooks, and philosophy. Lake Forest Library also has popular new DVDs and Blu-Rays, and binge-worthy TV shows like House of Cards and Game of Thrones. We've got everything from bluegrass to hip hop to classical music available for checkout too. Librarians are also on hand to help you find materials and recommend a good book or movie.

2. eBooks, eAudiobooks, Downloadable Music and Movies A lot of people don't realize that you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from your favorite authors for free through the Library. You don't need to pay for Audible or Kindle Books anymore. Use the Cloud Library, Overdrive, and Hoopla apps to get started today. Hoopla also offers streaming and downloadable music albums and movies. For more information about these apps, visit our website here.

3. Magazines and eMagazines We've got over 300 magazine subscriptions for you to enjoy. Patrons can check out back issues of magazines and browse through the newest editions in our beautiful Reading Room. Check out a wide variety of eMagazines on your tablet or phone by downloading the RB Digital app. 

 4. With your library card you get access to one-on-one online tutoring in math, science, English, and writing for K-12 and college students everyday from 2:00-11:00 pm. Get help for you or your child here.

 5. Gain access to online tutorials from the leader in technology training. Learn how to take better pictures, start a business, make a website, or become an Excel pro. If you want to learn something, there is likely a class on it available on Lynda.

 6. "With Love from Your Library" Month During the month of February when you show your library card at select local businesses you get a discount on your purchases. There are also special programs and events at the Library throughout the month.

7. Museum Adventure Pass Get discounts on entry to 17 suburban museums and destinations, including Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Legoland. Just bring your library card to the Circulation desk to check out the passes. To see the full list of participating destinations, check out Museum Adventure's site.

 8. Media Lab If you've got a Lake Forest library card, you have free access to our Media Lab with one-on-one help from one of our attendants. Scan and edit photos, digitize movies, record a podcast, and create music with our state of the art equipment. Make an appointment online here.

9. Financial Resources Access Morningstar, Value Line, Investor's Business Daily, and Standard and Poors for all your investment needs for free with your library card. Consumers' Checkbook and Consumer Reports provide reviews on services and purchases.

10. Programs and Events We have an array of awesome programs for all ages. There's a storytime almost every day, as well as other entertaining children's programs like Cooking with Kids, Lego Club, Popeye and Sailor Trick Dog Act, and Astronomy for Everyone. We also offer a lot of great programs for Teens and Adults including a cookbook book club, fiction and nonfiction book clubs, tech classes, and special presentations like How to Live a Zen Life and a Japanese Koto music performance. Check out our calendar for more information on these and other programs.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Back to School Resources

The Library has a ton of great resources to help you with school projects, homework, and learning. We're highlighting a few of them below, but you can see the full list of resources and descriptions here. You can access all of the resources below from home.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology. Entries typically describe scientific concepts, provide overviews of scientific areas and define terms.

With your library card you can access historical articles from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Lake Forester. Search topics to find primary resources. This is especially helpful when researching for historical papers. You can also access current editions of there newspapers by their name here.

Access company and investment information, search through legal cases, and see news stories from hundreds of major sources, both foreign and domestic with Lexis Nexis. is one of our favorite resources. With your library card you have access to free, live, one-on-one online tutors for help in math, science, English, social studies, and writing. Tutors are available from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.

World Book Online gives you access to World Book Advance, Student, and Kids encyclopedias, all fully-searchable with pictures, a dictionary, atlas, timelines, and more.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

14 Audiobooks the Whole Family Can Enjoy

It's road trip season! As families embark on summer vacations, we've got some audiobook suggestions the whole family can enjoy together (including Mom and Dad). All of these audiobooks are available on CD at the Library and some are available for download through our eBook services- Overdrive and Hoopla. Click on the title to place a hold on the CD audiobook version.

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. Recommended ages 8+. 

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, an innkeeper and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger. Recommended ages 10+.

Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort who lives in a cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon--and rather unwanted. So when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure-hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he is not entirely thrilled. Recommended ages 9+.

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Recommended age 11+.

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Recommended ages 12+.

Two brothers and two sisters find their way through the back of a magic wardrobe into the land of Narnia. They befriend and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who had cursed the land with eternal winter. Recommended ages 8+.

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Recommended ages 9+.

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Recommended ages 10+.

Percy Jackson just found out the truth about where we came from after his mom sends him to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Recommended ages 9+.

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years. Recommended ages 12+.

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Recommended ages 9+.

In this classic children's tale by acclaimed author Roald Dahl, the Big Friendly Giant, a very different kind of giant, finds a friend in a small human girl named Sophie. Listeners will delight in the fun language woven throughout the narrative. Recommended ages 6+.

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. Recommended ages 8+.

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Recommended ages 10+.