Creepy Pair of Underwear Visits the Library!

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On Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2pm, the Lincolnwood Public Library is honored and excited to host author Aaron Reynolds, author of picture book favorites like Creepy Carrots and Chicks and Salsa as well as graphic novels like the Caveboy Dave and Joey Fly, Private Eye series.

Aaron will be sharing his newest book, Creepy Pair of Underwear, in a special storytime and interactive presentation that you shouldn’t miss if you like silly stories that are also a little bit creepy and are about carrots and/or underwear. You’ll get a chance to meet this amazing author and ask him questions about writing books for kids, working with famous illustrators, whether he is afraid of carrots and/or underwear, and what it was like to write a book that won a Caldecott Honor. You’ll probably have interesting questions of your own to ask Aaron, so come ready!

Selections of Aaron’s books will be available for purchase via the Book Stall at the event.

Reads for the Solar Eclipse

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We are partnering with Lincolnwood School District 74 for an event (with glasses provided; we do not have any available at the library) on August 21, at 12:30pm at the baseball fields outside the schools. Here in Lincolnwood, we will have a partial view of the eclipse – the path of totality (where viewers can see the full eclipse) is south of us. Please make sure that you use approved eclipse glasses – regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes! For some more information on the eclipse from NASA (and about the proper kind of glasses), click here – they will even have a live stream available from multiple locations across the path of totality. NASA also has information on how to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer!

On your way to Information Services, our display tables are full of fascinating books relating to the upcoming eclipse. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sun, Moon, Earth: the History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler E. Nordgren. Most of North America is excitedly awaiting the eclipse – but solar eclipses weren’t always awe-inspiring national events. Can you imagine the fear you might feel if suddenly the sun ‘went out’ and you didn’t understand what was happening?

Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA’s Premier X-Ray Observatory by Wallace H. Tucker. Though not specifically about a eclipses, this book is a fascinating look at telescope exploration.

Welcome to the Universe: an Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Take your space excitement to the next level with this book inspired by an introductory astronomy course taught at Princeton. We’ve got lots of other books by Neil deGrasse Tyson as well, so make sure you grab at least one.


Dog Days of Summer

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Well, it’s August 1 already – can you believe it? School (at least, SD74) starts up in 23 days, and our glorious, beautiful Lincolnwood summer is starting to come to an end. We’re a little bummed – but excited, too. Summer is such a different time in the library than the rest of the year – not only because it’s quieter with kids away at camp, or families on vacation – but because everything and everyone feels so relaxed.

Keep that relaxing feeling going with some books to keep that summer chill strong!

The Best Days are Dog Days by Aaron Meshon follows a dog and his girl through a day exploring the neighborhood. You won’t want to miss out sharing this one with your four-legged pals – and then take them on a long, long walk.

Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron is an irresistable audiobook (you can listen on hoopla) that will make your heart overflow with happiness. Molly’s a puppy who bonds with a little girl named C.J. and nothing will keep these two apart – not even pesky grown-ups.  It’s in the same family as A Dog’s Purpose by the same author – but this sweet little story’s adapted for young listeners (and there are two more).

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger (for middle school and up) is one of those dog stories that will rip your heart out and shred it to pieces like an evil squeaky toy (but in a good way). In it, you’ll meet Wally, a lovable, huge, mistreated pup who doesn’t know what it feels like to be loved until his neighbor, Clair, and his owner’s son, Danny, start to try to show him what love is really like.

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst is an adult fiction read-alike to contemporary doggy classics like The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog’s Purpose. Paul comes home to find his wife dead and the only witness, their dog Lorelei. Consumed with grief, Paul decides to attempt to teach Lorelai to speak – remembering his relationship with his wife as he learns about actual scientific experiments. Make sure you have the largest, fullest box of tissues available for this one.

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel shares several stories of our best friends and their glorious military history.

And for our feline friends…

Mr. Putter and Tabby Clear the Decks by Cynthia Rylant, chosen to celebrate two of our new fish in the library tank (named Mr. Putter and Tabby), has our two intrepid heroes on a boat cruise to try and relieve some of the dog cat days of summer… but if you know Mr. Putter and Tabby… you know it might not be that easy.