Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Summer Reads - On the Shelf Now

The extended forecast calls for 90 degree days.  Why not relax with a good book in the comfort of your air conditioning or in the shade of your  beach umbrella?  The library has great books waiting for you. Here are a few suggestions that are on the shelf now:

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (also available on CD and digital player)
Father of the Rain by Lily King
The Girl who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durow (also available on CD and digital player)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (also available on CD)
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
The Piano Teacher by Janice Lee (also available in Large Type and on digital player)
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane  by Katharine Howe
Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (also available on CD and digital player)

Also check out our NovelList website, available at home through our web page,  You can find great recommendations and book reviews. Or stop by the Adult Reference Desk for a personalized suggestion.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Yes, it's hot.  Once we've taken the proper precautions, we can turn to some cool tales (and our imagination) to help us cope with the heat.  Here are some "chilling" titles from our collection and a link to a list of more like them:

Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places by Bill Streever (2009) - Streever is an Anchorage based biologist who spends a year exploring very cold places around the world.  He records his experiences month-by-month beginning in July, when he takes a dip in arctic waters 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Death of a Dreamer by M. C. Beaton (2006) - Scottish Highlands constable Hamish Macbeth is surprised that a new woman in town stays through a bitter winter and is more surprised when he learns that she is under the delusion that she's engaged to a local artist.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (2002) - The new Episcopal priest in an upstate New York town is facing her first Northern winter when a baby is left on the church's doorstep.  The priest reports the case to the police chief, and it soon leads to a murder investigation.

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox (2004) - Cox tells how she prepared for and endured her many long-distance swims and of her cold water swims across the Bering Strait and in the waters of Antarctica.

More books like the ones above are listed at this link:  Chillin'

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Some people take in words better by hearing rather than seeing them. For those listeners, audio books on CD are the key to keeping up with reading, whether riding in the car or working around the house. Many library users have jumped into audio downloadable technology, but for others, that process is daunting.

Now, another option is available; a pre-loaded MP3 player called Playaway®. Weighing in at just 2 ounces and smaller than a pack of cards, you can use it to listen to a wide variety of books while walking, running, or sitting, without the need for any other device. The Lake Forest Library has 400+ titles in Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult categories to choose from, and new ones are coming in all the time. Give it a try this summer!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Reads - On the Shelf Now

Looking for a book to take on vacation? Need to pick it up today? These former bestsellers are on the shelf now!

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (330.973 LEW) Also available in audio and large type.

Father of the Rain by Lily King (Fiction King).

Innocent by Scott Turow (Fiction Turow) Also available in audio and large type.

The Last Child by John Hart (Fiction Hart) Also available in audio.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (Fiction Bender).

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (Fiction Chevalier) Also available in audio.

War by Sebastian Junger (958.104 JUN) Also available in audio.

So, why not try a slightly older title with staying power?  Call the Adult Reference Desk to reserve a copy.