Thursday, April 17, 2014

New eBook Service!

My Media Mall is an excellent place to find library eBooks. It has a huge selection that you can browse or search through, plus audio books! But we also share that entire collection with other libraries and sometimes the new eBooks are checked out.

If you are looking for newer eBooks, check out our new service: 3M Cloud Library! This collection is only available to those with a Lake Forest Library card and will be growing with new books every month. We also have an excellent collection of eBooks for teens and children.

Now that you are stoked about this untapped resource, here are the particulars:
  • eBooks are available to read on your computer or on an app-capable device (iPad, tablet, etc.)
  • You can have five items out at once, each with a two week loan time
  • Once the two week loan has ended, the eBook will automatically be returned
 The best way to get started is to pick up your tablet and download the 3M app (it looks like the above symbol). Once downloaded, it will guide you through an easy setup process to find the Lake Forest Library and then you will need to enter your full Lake Forest Library card number.

Need help? Want to know more? Stop by the library or give us a call at (847) 234-0636.
Or visit our 3M Page.

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Poetry Month

When was the last time you read a poem?  If you're like me, it may have been awhile.  But each year the arrival of April, which is National Poetry Month, reminds me to take another look at my favorite poets.

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month, an annual celebration of poets and poetry. Thousands of organizations participate through workshops, readings,and book displays.  

The stated goals of National Poetry Month are to
-  highlight the legacy and achievement of American poets
-  introduce more Americans to the joys of reading poetry
-  bring poets and poetry to the public in innovative ways
-  make poetry an important part of our schools' curriculum
-  focus media attention on poets and poetry
-  increase the publication, distribution and sales of poetry books
-  increase public and philanthropic support for poets and poetry.

For more information, visit The Poetry Foundation also has a great website.  Click here to sign up for their newsletter or to receive a poem-a-day in your email.

This year the Library celebrates by bringing you a list of our new poetry books, acquired since last April. To find additional titles, stop by the Library, visit 3M Cloud Library for eBooks, or go to MyMediaMall for eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Best American Poetry 2013

Aimless Love by Billy Collins
Alight by Fady Joudah
Book of Hours by Kevin Young
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
Go Giants by Nick Laird
Late Parade by Adam Fitzgerald    
Paul Celan: 70 Poems


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Books Suggestions for Your Book Club!

Are you an avid reader who loves to discuss books with friends?  Is your book club in search of its next great read?  The librarians at Lake Forest Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions for book discussion groups and to provide help in obtaining needed copies of selected titles.  To make choosing a new title for your group a little easier, the library has created a special new collection of "Book Club" books.  The collection consists of multiple-copy sets of popular, well-reviewed titles in a variety of genres, with narratives and themes we believe will promote lively discussion.  The new collection is also a great place to browse for titles sure to satisfy individual readers as well!

For a quick taste of what's available, we've highlighted two titles in the collection below:

 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena  by Anthony Marra

Set against the backdrop of war-torn Chechnya in 2004, an eight-year-old Chechen girl witnesses her father's abduction by a band of Russian soldiers.  Found hiding in the woods by a neighbor, the pair seeks refuge at a nearby hospital, where a sole Russian doctor works tirelessly to save lives amidst increasingly deteriorating circumstances.  Over the next five days, the trio's lives become inextricably linked as connections in their past lives are slowly revealed, and the survival of the young girl becomes a shared goal and a rare source of optimism. 

Marra's powerful novel, named a 2013 Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, is a moving testament to the power of love and hope to sustain us, even in our darkest moments.

For added help in leading a group discussion of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, you can find a LitLovers reading guide here

The Story of Beautiful Girl  by Rachel Simon

A young couple falls in love in 1968, but their relationship faces seemingly insurmountable odds.  Lynnie is white and developmentally disabled; Homer is African American and deaf.  Each is a resident of the Pennsylvania School for the Incurable and Feeble-minded. The couple plots their escape from the abusive institution after Lynnie becomes pregnant, and the pair seeks refuge in a farmhouse belonging to Martha, a retired schoolteacher.  Homer manages to escape as authorities in search of the pair close in, but Lynnie is caught.  Before Lynnie is returned to the institution, she begs Martha to hide their precious, newborn daughter.  In a moving and powerful story that spans forty years, the lives of the four will remain forever bound by an extraordinary pledge of love. 

You can find a wonderful group discussion guide prepared by the publisher of The Story of Beautiful Girl  here

We hope you'll stop in to check out our new Book Club collection very soon!  We'll be adding new titles on a regular basis.  You can find a list of Book Club books that are currently available here and here

Monday, April 7, 2014

Letters, Numbers, Virtues, We Have Them All

Schools here in Lake Forest utilize a variety of evaluation methods in determining books at a technically appropriate level for each student.  So far, we here at the Children’s Library have seen Fontas & Pinnell Guided Reading, Lexile, Accelerated Readers.  In our desire to work with local schools, we have put together extensive lists of books we own according to the each system.
The Guided Reading System, created by Fontas & Pinnell, is used by the elementary schools for newly emergent readers.  A letter designates books from A (learning to read) to Z (high school).  We have labeled many books with colored dots on the spine indicating levels A – T.  We keep a master list of these titles by level at the circulation desk.
Older students in public school are tested and graduate to a Lexile Number.  The Lexile system ranges from 0 to over 1500 in units of 10, although most new readers score at least 100.  There are so many books that have been given a Lexile number that a list would be too cumbersome.  The Lexile website is freely available to anyone wishing to determine if a book has been assigned a Lexile number and to find books at a certain level.  We have distilled a list of age appropriate books that we own for students reading above the 1000 level.  This is especially helpful for young gifted readers.
St. Mary uses the AR (Accelerated Reader) program in their literature classes.  Numbers are given as to a book’s difficulty ranging from 0 – 12, corresponding roughly to school grades.  We have created a highly granulized list of selected books we own spanning levels .2-4.9.  We have also put together a select list of chapter book series with various AR levels listed.  The AR website is freely available, but be advised that we might not own books they have listed.  We’d be happy to put together a sampling of books for your child.  Just call us with the child’s AR level and we will come up with half a dozen books put aside for you to peruse within the following few days.
District 67 has embraced 5 character traits as part of instilling emotional wellness in their students: Caring, Honesty &Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Teamwork.  Our librarians have carefully selected a reading list of books for a variety of ages demonstrating one of these character traits.  We currently have a display of the books.

Our library catalog now often includes Guided Reading, Lexile and AR levels.  Just click on Full Record tab and then Marc Display at the bottom.  The information is usually in the 500 fields. 

 Too much librarian techno jargon?  
Then just ask us; we’d love to share our lists with you. (a lot easier!)