New Book Tuesday 4-23-19

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New items at the library for you to check out!

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

A debut from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment.

“How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings – and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, “That is why I had to write this book—to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.”

Melinda’s unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention—from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world—and ourselves.

Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.

When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.

Machines Like Me: A Novel by Ian McEwan

New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonementand The Children Act

Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first synthetic humans and—with Miranda’s help—he designs Adam’s personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever. It isn’t long before a love triangle soon forms, and these three beings confront a profound moral dilemma. 
     In his subversive new novel, Ian McEwan asks whether a machine can understand the human heart—or whether we are the ones who lack understanding.

Neon Prey by John Sandford

Lucas Davenport tracks a prolific serial killer in the newest nail-biter by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.

Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don’t much care about a low-level guy–it’s his boss they want–but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation.

Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese’s rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves.

Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and–as Davenport will come to find–full of surprises . . .

Escape Room

Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

Shameless. The Complete Ninth Season

Political fervor hits the South Side and the Gallaghers dive in.

GATE Genre Project Book Talks

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Recently, some of the YTS staff took some time to record some book talks for upcoming GATE genre project for grades 3-8, which are as follows:

3rd: Realistic Fiction   

4th: Realistic Animal Fiction/Non-Fiction 

5th: Contemporary Issues (Society and Environmental) 

6th grade: mysteries

7th grade: sci fi

8th grade: mystery/horror/suspense

We made sure to cover all our basis and have videos available for each grade to help you complete assignments, and provide you with the best books possible. Although, these books are great for anyone looking for something in one of these genres regardless if you’re working on the project or not, and they definitely go beyond that one grade. Also, if you need even more options, check out our website and link to a complete bibliography of books at Or, if you’re looking for something even more personalized, you can always stop by the library in person and ask the YTS staff for a recommendation. That way, choosing a book will be one less thing you’ll have to worry about and you can just focus on reading a good book.

We will be posting other book talks here soon, on top of all our regular information, but this provides a great introduction to several books in almost every major genre. Be sure to let us know if there are any genres or topics you would like to see.  Enjoy!

New Book Tuesday 4-16-19

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10 new items added to the collection this week! Click the titles to place a hold on the items you’d like to check out.

The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

In this acclaimed novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn’t easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a classroom prankster like Paulie Fink.

When Caitlyn Breen begins her disorienting new life at the rural Mitchell School–where the students take care of real live goats and study long-dead philosophers, and where there are only ten other students in the entire seventh grade–it seems like nobody can stop talking about some kid named Paulie Fink.

Depending on whom you ask, Paulie was either a hilarious class clown, a relentless troublemaker, a hapless klutz, or an evil genius. One thing’s for sure, though: The kid was totally legendary. Now he’s disappeared, and Caitlyn finds herself leading a reality-show-style competition to find the school’s next great Paulie Fink. With each challenge, Caitlyn struggles to understand a person she never met…but it’s what she discovers about herself that most surprises her.

Told in multiple voices, interviews, and documents,this funny, thought-provoking novel from the bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish is a memorable exploration of what makes a hero–and if anyone, or anything, is truly what it seems.

The Mister by E L James

The passionate new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy.

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.  Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?

From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.

The 13-Minute Murder by James Patterson

What do a psychiatrist, a mother, and an expert hitman have in common? Their time is running out in these three fast-paced thrillers from the World’s #1 Bestselling Writer, James Patterson.

DEAD MAN RUNNING: Psychiatrist Randall Beck specializes in PTSD cases–and his time is limited. Especially when he uncovers a plot to kill a presidential candidate.

113 MINUTES: Molly Rourke’s son has been murdered–and she knows who’s responsible. Now she’s taking the law into her own hands. Never underestimate a mother’s love.

 He can kill anybody in just minutes–from the first approach to the clean escape. His skills have served him well, and he has a grand plan: to get out alive and spend his earnings with his beloved wife, Maria.
An anonymous client offers Ryan a rich payout to assassinate a target in Harvard Yard. It’s exactly the last big job he needs to complete his plan. The precision strike starts perfectly, then somehow explodes into a horrifying spectacle. Ryan has to run and Maria goes missing. Now the world’s fastest hit man sets out for one last score: Revenge. And every minute counts.

Under the Table: A Novel by Stephanie Evanovich

The New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties puts a modern twist on My Fair Lady in this funny, romantic confection in which a canny young woman makes over her awkward millionaire client . . . with some hot, sexy, and surprising results.

Suffocating in a dead-end marriage, Midwesterner Zoey Sullivan fled to New York and moved in with her older sister Ruth, a carefree, vivacious beauty with a string of eligible bachelors at her beck and call. Giving herself three months in the city to clear her head and find a direction, Zoey dodges calls from her ex Derek, and distracts herself by cooking and catering a few private dinners and parties. Pursuing her passion for cooking was never an option when she was with Derek, and now Zoey relishes her independence.

When Zoey’s meets reclusive millionaire Tristan Malloy, she’s blown away by his kitchen—a marble and stainless steel temple worthy of the culinary gods—and charmed by his impeccable gentlemanly manners. But despite his firm body, handsome looks, and piles of cash, Tristan—a computer programmer—is shy and more than a little socially awkward. Zoey is sure that Tristan has all the right raw ingredients—and she’s the right person to spice them up turn him into a delectable dish.

But Zoey’s unprepared for just how well her makeover works. Tristan turns out to be even sexier once he’s gained a little confidence and the right wardrobe. Beneath the gorgeous package, Tristan is a great guy who deserves a woman who really appreciates him. Slowly but surely, Zoey realizes she may have found her perfect match—but does Tristan even know how her feelings have changed? Is that warm look in his eyes gratitude for the new and exciting world she’s ushered him into, or something more? And what will happen when Zoey’s ex comes to town, looking to win her back?

Redemption (Memory Man Series) by David Baldacci

Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci’s #1 New York Timesbestselling series.

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl Hawkins. He’s the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn’t changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes
by Alexander McCall Smith

In the Swedish criminal justice system, certain cases are considered especially strange and difficult, in Malmö, the dedicated detectives who investigate these crimes are members of an elite squad known as the Sensitive Crimes Division.

These are their stories.

The first case: the small matter of a man stabbed in the back of the knee. Who would perpetrate such a crime and why? Next: a young woman’s imaginary boyfriend goes missing. But how on earth do you search for someone who doesn’t exist? And in the final investigation: eerie secrets that are revealed under a full moon may not seem so supernatural in the light of day. No case is too unusual, too complicated, or too, well insignificant for this squad to solve.

The team: Ulf “the Wolf” Varg, the top dog, thoughtful and diligent; Anna Bengsdotter, who’s in love with Varg’s car (and possibly Varg too); Carl Holgersson, who likes nothing more than filling out paperwork; and Erik Nykvist, who is deeply committed to fly fishing.

With the help of a rather verbose local police officer, this crack team gets to the bottom of cases other detectives can’t or won’t bother to handle. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a true master.

Dragonball Super: Broly – The Movie

Knowing that there are increasingly powerful forces in the universe that he has yet to encounter, Goku spends all of his time training to achieve even greater strength. But, one fateful day a mysterious new Saiyan appears before Goku and Vegeta: Broly. How can a Saiyan a member of the proud warrior race that was completely annihilated after the destruction of Planet Vegeta appear here on Earth? With Friezas return from hell, a fierce battle awaits the three mighty Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies.


M. Night Shyamalan continues Unbreakable and Split in this explosive comic book thriller starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.


Keanu Reeves leads this suspenseful sci-fi thriller about a neuroscientist who secretly tries to clone and create replicas of his family after a tragic car crash.

The Kid Who Would Be King

In this epic adventure, when a bullied kid discovers Excalibur, the legendary Sword in the Stone, he and his friends (and enemies) join the wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart) to fight evil!

A Place for Everything

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We weren’t necessarily inspired by the KonMari tidying up method sweeping the country (you can only keep 30 books – which just won’t work for us), but we’re re-organizing a bit too!

The new Classics collection is located across from the Information Services desk just past the fiction shelves. There you will find an exhaustive array of timeless fiction representing nearly every genre, whether you are interested in re-reading an old favorite like To Kill a Mockingbird, exploring Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, or learning more about Chicago through Stuart Dybek’s The Coast of Chicago. Although English titles might the most familiar ones on the shelf, there also is good representation of translated works from other countries, such as Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes or Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

You may have already noticed that the graphic novels collection also has a more prominent place, across from the public access computers in Information Services, with more open shelves that make browsing easy. The library’s pre-loaded Kindles meanwhile have moved slight to the opposite shelves. And in the front lobby, more space has been devoted to specially themed displays the tie into upcoming programs, holidays or other events, as well as new additions to the collection. Over the coming months you’ll see some other changes to where certain items are located, as we try to make all our materials more accessible and easier to find.

New Book Tuesday 4-9-19

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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney

Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world—one fans won’t want to miss!

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

From the New York Timesbestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a novel about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you’re surrounded by darkness that Karen M. McManus, the New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, calls “rare and powerful.”

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. 

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

The Peackock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jojo Moyes, the story of a young woman who finds new meaning in life after opening an eclectic shop and comes to terms with the secrets of her past.

In the sixties, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she was also beautiful, spoiled, and out of control. When she agreed to marry the gorgeous young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme, her parents breathed a sigh of relief. But within two years, rumors had begun to circulate about Athene’s affair with a young salesman.

Thirty-five years later, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her notorious mother’s legacy. The only place Suzanna finds comfort is in The Peacock Emporium, the beautiful coffee bar and shop she opens that soon enchants her little town. There she makes perhaps the first real friends of her life, including Alejandro, a male midwife, escaping his own ghosts in Argentina.

The specter of her mother still haunts Suzanna. But only by confronting both her family and her innermost self will she finally reckon with the past–and discover that the key to her history, and her happiness, may have been in front of her all along.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn’t always mean innocent.

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she’s full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn’t punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it’s a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She’s ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming–and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline’s most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that’s impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry

Young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat accused of a theft that may cover up a deadly crime in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Twenty-one Days.

Daniel Pitt, along with his parents, Charlotte and Thomas, is delighted that his sister, Jemima, and her family have returned to London from the States for a visit. But the Pitts soon learn of a harrowing incident: In Washington, D.C., one of Jemima’s good friends has been assaulted and her treasured necklace stolen. The perpetrator appears to be a man named Philip Sidney, a British diplomat stationed in America’s capital who, in a cowardly move, has fled to London, claiming diplomatic immunity. But that claim doesn’t cover his other crimes. . . .

When Sidney winds up in court on a separate charge of embezzlement, it falls to Daniel to defend him. Daniel plans to provide only a competent enough defense to avoid a mistrial, allowing the prosecution to put his client away. But when word travels across the pond that an employee of the British embassy in Washington has been found dead, Daniel grows suspicious about Sidney’s alleged crimes and puts on his detective hat to search for evidence in what has blown up into an international affair.

As the embezzlement scandal heats up, Daniel takes his questions to intrepid scientist Miriam fford Croft, who brilliantly uses the most up-to-date technologies to follow an entirely new path of investigation. Daniel and Miriam travel to the Channel Islands to chase a fresh lead, and what began with a stolen necklace turns out to have implications in three far greater crimes—a triple jeopardy, including possible murder.

Welcome to Marwen

Welcome to Marwen is a miraculous true story, starring Steve Carell, about one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Holmes & Watson

The Step Brothers are reunited – this time playing the world’s greatest detective and his loyal sidekick & biographer.

On the Basis of Sex

Felicity Jones stars as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who brings a groundbreaking case to the U.S. Court of Appeals that overturns a century of gender discrimination.


When four-year-old Kun encounters his new baby sister, Mirai, as a teenager from the future, they go on a journey through time, uncovering their family’s incredible story.

Safe Child Policy

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The Lincolnwood Library is always looking for ways to do better by the community we serve. Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for library patrons of all ages. Over the past several years we have been monitoring our busy after-school space and the services we provide. Two years ago we asked parents and caregivers to become more active partners with us when their children used the library independently. We thank you for that support, and would like to take another step forward, by providing structured after school programs such as technology and STEAM classes, art workshops, focused homework help, etc.

In order to do that, we are implementing a new “Safe Child Policy” that changes the age limits that unattended children are allowed to be in the library on their own. You may be surprised to hear that right now, that age is 8 (third grade). In discussions with parents, caregivers, children, and community leaders, we have found that there is near unanimous agreement that 8 is too young to be in a public place alone. Beginning July 1, 2019, it will be raised to sixth grade (11 years old; i.e. Lincoln Hall). This change places an emphasis on self-supervision, which requires the maturity level of an older child. Children between the ages of 8 and 11 are still encouraged and invited to come to after school programs, provided that a caregiver joins them at the program’s conclusion.

Our full policy is available on the library website, but listed below are the specific requirements for library use by age, from birth through high school.

  • Children in grades 2 and below (ages 7 and below). Must be accompanied and attended to at all times by a responsible caregiver who takes an active role (remaining in sight) supervising the child. For children who are attending programs at which adult attendance is not required, the caregiver must remain in the building and immediately join the child at the conclusion of the program.
  • Children in grades 3 to 5 (ages 8 to 11). May use the library with a responsible caregiver in the building. For children who are attending programs at which adult attendance is not required, the caregiver must join the child at the conclusion of the program, but is not required to stay in the building.
  • Self-supervised young people in grades 6 to 8 (ages 11 to 14). May use the library on their own. However, they are still legally the responsibility of their caregiver and must have an emergency contact available. If a child of this age group is disruptive or demonstrates inappropriate behavior, the emergency contact will be called to arrange the pickup of the child, who will be required to leave the library.
  • Self-supervised young people in grades 9 to 12 (ages 15 to 17). Treated as adult users. However, they are still legally the responsibility of their caregivers and must have an emergency contact available.

Our Head of Youth & Teen Services, Emily Fardoux, is available to discuss any questions or comments about these changes. You can also read more about this in our May/June newsletter, which will be published soon.  As the new school year gets closer, we will continue to communicate with you about this. Thank you for your ongoing support of the library and its services.

New Book Tuesday 4-2-19

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Two books and three new movies and a show!

Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

A Wonderful Stroke of Luck: A Novel by Ann Beattie

A razor-sharp, deeply felt new novel–the twenty-first book by Ann Beattie–about the complicated relationship between a charismatic teacher and his students, and the secrets we keep from those we love

At a boarding school in New Hampshire, Ben joins the honor society led by Pierre LaVerdere, an enigmatic, brilliant, yet perverse, teacher who instructs his students not only about how to reason, but how to prevaricate. As the years go by, LaVerdere’s covert and overt instruction lingers in his students’ lives as they seek some sense of purpose or meaning. When Ben feels the pace of his life accelerating and views his intimate relationships as less and less fulfilling, there seems to be a subtext he’s not able to access. And what, really, did Bailey Academy teach him?

While relationships with his stepmother and sister improve, and a move to upstate New York offers respite from his anxiety about love and work, LaVerdere’s reappearance in his life disturbs his equilibrium. Everything he once thought he knew about his teacher–and himself–is called into question. Written by one of our most iconic writers, known for casting a cold eye on her generation’s ambivalence and sometimes mistaken ambition, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck is a keenly observed psychological study of a man who alternates between careful driving and hazardous risk taking, as he struggles to incorporate his past into the vertiginous present.

My Brilliant Friend – Season 1

HBO series about two young friends whose stormy relationship evolves amidst the backdrop of post-WWII Italy.

The Mule

Earl (Clint Eastwood), a broke man in his 80s, is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.
But unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.


Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in the epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice President to George W. Bush.


Cybertron has fallen. When Optimus Prime sends Bumblebee to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a VW Beetle. As the Decepticons hunt down the surviving Autobots with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), Bumblebee and Charlie team up to protect the world in an action-packed adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

New Book Tuesday 3-26-19

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It’s New Book Tuesday and we have 7 new books and 4 new movies to add to the collection!

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan

Cilla Lee-Jenkins returns to pursue her dreams of becoming a successful author while dealing with her Chinese-American family in Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by writer Susan Tan and illustrator Dana Wulfekotte.

“Anyone who spends time with Cilla Lee-Jenkins will look forward to reading her in the future.” –Booklist, starred review, on Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Pricilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins has already written a “Bestseller” and a “Classic”―now it’s time for her to write an Epic Story. Epics are all about brave heroes overcoming Struggles to save the world, and this year, Cilla is facing her toughest struggles yet:

· Cilla is in fifth grade and, unlike her classmates, not at all ready to start middle school
· She has two younger sisters to look after now and they don’t exactly get along
· Her beloved grandfather YeYe has had a stroke and forgotten his English, and it’s up to Cilla to help him find his words again

With humor, heart, and her mighty pen Cilla Lee-Jenkins will use her powers to vanquish every foe (the mean girls in her class), help every citizen (especially Ye Ye), and save the world.

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you’re a little different.

On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They’re supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.

The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school. 

But things don’t go as planned. On the first day of school, she’s paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can’t stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he’s obsessed with animals. Jack doesn’t fit in, and Emma’s worried he’ll make her stand out.

Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she’s meant to have? 

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a beautiful and sensitive book about being different and staying true to yourself.

The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith

A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytelling.

When he was four years old, Sam Abernathy was trapped at the bottom of a well for three days, where he was teased by a smart-aleck armadillo named Bartleby. Since then, his parents plan every move he makes.

But Sam doesn’t like their plans. He doesn’t want to go to MIT. And he doesn’t want to skip two grades, being stuck in the eighth grade as an eleven-year-old with James Jenkins, the boy he’s sure pushed him into the well in the first place. He wants to be a chef. And he’s going to start by entering the first annual Blue Creek Days Colonel Jenkins Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off.

That is, if he can survive eighth grade, and figure out the size of the truth that has slipped Sam’s memory for seven years.

Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd

“Strong themes of friendship and loyalty drive Lloyd’s story, which soars under Mallie’s heroic lead [whose] physical disability never holds her back. Rather, she bravely proves that questions have power and one’s story can be reshaped.” -Booklist, starred review

Twelve-year-old Mallie knows better than to dream. In Coal Top, you live the story you’re given: boys toil in the mines and girls work as servants. Mallie can’t bear the idea of that kind of life, but her family is counting on her wages to survive.

It wasn’t always this way. Before the Dust came, the people of Coal Top could weave starlight into cloth. They’d wear these dreaming clothes to sleep and wake up with the courage to seek adventure . . . or the peace to heal a broken heart. But now nothing can penetrate Coal Top’s blanket of sorrow.

So when Mallie is chosen for a dangerous competition in which daring (and ideally, orphaned) children train flying horses, she jumps at the chance. Maybe she’ll change her story. Maybe she’ll even find the magic she needs to dream again.

But the situation proves even more dangerous when Mallie uncovers a sinister mystery at the heart of Coal Top’s struggles — a mystery some powerful people will do anything to protect.

Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

New York Times bestseller Iris Johansen is back with another high octane thriller that will leave your mind racing and your heart pounding.

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would come back into her life, everything would be perfect.

But the carefully constructed world Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man trying to settle a score against her family, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Now, Cara will have to use every instinct she has to stay one step ahead, or else she’ll pay the deadly tribute of her family’s dark past.

Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein explores the depths of Manhattan’s secretive Rockefeller University in this timely, captivating thriller about the deep–and often deadly–reverberations of past sins.

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence, and not a moment too soon. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But even she can’t anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial . . . and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time.

Yet Lucy’s isn’t the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague’s abusive conduct behind closed doors and another’s violent, mysterious collapse. As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan’s Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways . . . and unless she can uncover the truth, the life-saving facility just may become her grave.

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI) by Catherine Coulter

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.

Galactus, France’s answer to SpaceX, has just launched a communications satellite into orbit, but the payload actually harbors a frightening weapon: a nuclear-triggered electromagnetic pulse.

When the satellite is in position, Galactus’s second-in-command, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with an EMP. A former astronaut, Patel believes she is following the directions of the Numen, aliens who saved her life when she space-walked outside the International Space Station. She is convinced that with the Holy Grail, just discovered by the owner of Galactus—eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard—she can be reunited with the Numen, change the world’s destiny, and become immortal with them.

The countdown has begun when Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are thrown into the pending disaster. They must stop the EMP that would wreak havoc on communication and electronic systems on Earth, resulting in chaos and anarchy.

With their signature “nonstop action with enough realism to keep you thinking and scare the daylights out of you at the same time” (Suspense Magazine), Coulter and Ellison have created a thriller to take you on a breakneck and breathtaking journey.


An action-packed adventure that reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime–one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but also to
discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be:
a king.

If Beale Street Could Talk

From acclaimed director Barry Jenkins comes this timeless love story set in 1970s Harlem, where a young couple and their families fight for justice – and the promise of the American dream.

Second Act

Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Stan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy go on a whirlwind tour to try and reconnect with their fans, but face an uncertain future with their golden era behind them.

Books & Bites: Skype with Jerry Craft, author of New Kid

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I heard about New Kid by Jerry Craft before the National Council of Teachers of English conference in November 2018 as the buzz about it started to grow. I read a digital galley and understood that the hype was real and well-deserved. I then found Jerry on Twitter and shared my appreciation for this groundbreaking, insightful, humorous, and engaging book. The power of Twitter led to Jerry and I connecting and planning a Skype visit for the library’s March Books & Bites. I was able to give away a bunch of copies of New Kid to people who registered for our program because I wanted to ensure that our participants could access this incredible story – and be prepared to fully engage in our book conversation and Skype. As we got closer to our program, I discovered that ALL of the copies in our entire library system were checked out, on hold, or awaiting pick-up, so it was particularly fortuitous that we had purchased copies for our group to read and add to their personal library collections.

Our program was full, with a wait-list, and even more kids wanted to join us. It was the largest Books & Bites program we have ever had! The kids settled into the room, getting their treats (healthier snacks since they asked for them) and finding their seats. While they did this, I played a snippet from the full-cast audiobook of New Kid, sharing a taste of this extraordinary production to hopefully make them curious about the medium and want to check it out. It also was a great way to draw their attention and get everyone ready to start our discussion.

Okay, I have to ask, is it an Easter egg or a coincidence that Jesus Del Orden, who plays Jordan, is also in the Lion King, and Jordan tells his grandfather that “one of the juniors is in the Lion King on Broadway (111)? There are just so many new details I’ve discovered by reading and rereading New Kid for this book club, which is why I had 8 pages of notes – but alas, only a half hour to get ready to talk to Jerry Craft!

In order to prepare them for our Skype visit, I shared background information about Jerry Craft’s extensive career from creating his Mama’s Boyz comic strip, self-publishing his own books, illustrating many books, and collaborating with his sons on The Offenders. I made sure to share the Scholastic book he illustrated, The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrick H. Bass, which one of our participants noted was on display in our library. I also shared the research I did about the origins of New Kid. Jerry wrote that the book was “based on my experience of growing up in the Washington Heights section of NYC and attending the Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY. And not only did I experience it as a student, but I also got to live it again as a parent when my sons attended private schools in CT.”  

We began our discussion by thinking critically about what it meant to be a new kid and the internal and external factors that made attending a new school challenging for Jordan. The kids instantly dove into the conversation about the size of the school, which Jerry Craft illustrated showing Jordan going from building to building on his first day, getting lost and feeling alone. The kids pointed out how the school was mostly white and how “racism is a big thing” in this story. We discussed the importance of having books that can be windows and mirrors, citing Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, who originated this idea. She wrote, “Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books” (1990). We talked about the importance of representation in the books we read. In his author note online, Jerry Craft asked, “Where was my sons’ Wimpy Kid? Or Percy Jackson? Where was their book that they can’t wait to share with their friends, no matter who they are, because they have a story that means as much to them as Smile, or Amulet? Where are the books that show other kids, that there are kids like my sons who like ice cream and pizza and tickle fights, and have both a mom AND a dad? (Insert sound of crickets.)”

We talked about the problems with stereotypes, with the kids coming up with their own definition and thinking about examples of people expressing stereotypes in the book. I shared a quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous TEDTalk, The Danger of a Single Story: “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” I asked the kids how people in the story make one story the only story, which led us into a passionate conversation about some of the problematic things people do and say in the book. Some of the kids were particularly bothered by Coach Roche, who constantly asks Jordan if what he’s said is racist, putting the responsibility to educate him on Jordan, which we determined was not right. Our group was very interested in discussing Andy, who often uses microaggressions and does not take responsibility for his actions, even going as far as saying, “Why is everyone always so sensitive about everything?” (198). I shared the definition of microaggressions as “brief, everyday exchanges, whether intentional or unintentional, that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership”  (Sue, p. 24). We talked about how Ms. Rawle calls Drew by the wrong name constantly and the impact of this kind of microaggression. One of our participants shared textual evidence from the graphic novel to show how hurtful this behavior is, quoting Jordan’s sketch book, “But do you know the worst name you could call me? Someone ELSE’S name! Because that means they’re not even talking the time to look at you long enough to even find something to insult! They’re saying that you’re not even worth their time and are insignificant!” (216-217).

We talked about how to stand up to people who are using microaggressions and how to listen and resist being defensive when people share that they have been hurt by our words or actions.

Meeting Jerry Craft

It was then time for us to begin our Skype visit with Jerry Craft. Each participant had a notecard with questions they had written down and I took turns calling on kids to ask their questions. Our group asked for more information about his journey to write New Kid. Jerry shared that “I decided that I would write books that I wish I had when I was your age.” Sharing his reasons for creating New Kid really helped our group better understand what he hoped to accomplish by telling Jordan’s story.

He told us that his sons had a lot of input about New Kid, but he did all of the writing and drawing, working on this project for years. When one kid asked if it was stressful to write it, Jerry shared that “They say that if you do something that you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in life. I loved it so much that I don’t get stressed out.” Jerry shared his publishing journey from self-publishing Mama’s Boyz: As American as Sweet Potato Pie! in 1997. The kids were curious about his creative inspirations which he shared included Peanuts by Charles Schultz, Marvel comics, Ray Billingsley, the creator of comic strip Curtis, Morrie Turner, creator of the Wee Pals comic strip, and Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile. (During the chat, the kids often referenced things we had discussed, things they knew about Jerry Craft, which is the key to a good author visit.) Our group really wanted to know what caused Andy to be so rude. Jerry responded with a question of his own, asking the kids if they considered Andy a bully. H. responded that “I wouldn’t think he’s very nice, but he’s not a bully.” Our group has consistently looked beyond the bully label and thought deeply about what motivates behavior, seeking more backstory to explain why they lash out, as well as the social context for kids’ actions. They definitely wanted to know more about Andy, which we hope we’ll learn about in the sequel. I really appreciated E.’s question about tips for being a new kid since several of our kids will be heading to middle school next year. Jerry shared the importance of finding your own group of people who like similar things, rather than trying to fit yourself into activities beyond your comfort level. Books offer the best rehearsals for life, so I’d love to see middle school and high school advisory classes sharing New Kid at the beginning of the school year. M. shared a deep question, asking what Jerry hoped to accomplish by the end of 2019. He revealed that he is working on New Kid 2, which made everyone scream loudly. I learned today from the awesome Books Between Podcast with Corrina Allen that the sequel is called Class Act, and it’s planned to be released from HarperCollins during the Fall of 2020.

For the kids who stayed past the end of our program, they were treated to a tour of Jerry’s studio, sharing his bookshelf (spotting Raina’s books by their signature colors), a Black Panther drawing that his sons gave him, posters and prints, and S. even noticed a sketch of Jordan on his drafting table. We got to see the digital book on screen, which was super cool to see the layout of the pages. Our group also noticed the fabulous New Kid merch that Jerry was sporting, including an amazing phone case, so if that store goes live, our kids will be the first in line to proudly support New Kid in style. The finale of our entire experience was meeting Jerry’s adorable dog who is aptly named Snoopy. Our group again shouted with excitement. Jerry kindly went beyond our planned time to answer as many questions as possible. We are so grateful for all of the time and effort Jerry put into visiting with our Books & Bites book club! It was such a pleasure and honor for our reading community to meet Jerry and better understand the hard work, creativity, and personal experiences that went into creating New Kid. We will never look at his book the same way again. Thank you so much, Jerry!!!

Did you know I’ve already mentioned our April selection for Books & Bites in this post? It’s Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Join our waitlist to join us on April 16 from 2:30-3:30. Put your copy on hold now.

New Book Tuesday

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The Parade by Dave Eggers

From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha and The Circle comes a taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners’ role in a nation’s fragile peace.

An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence. With echoes of J. M. Coetzee and Graham Greene, this timeless novel questions whether we can ever understand another nation’s war, and what role we have in forging anyone’s peace.

Internment by Sarmira Ahmed

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Run Away: A Novel by Harlan Coben

A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.You’ve lost your daughter.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs. 

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

Celtic Empire (Dark Pitt Adventure) by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Clive Cussler, “The Grand Master of Adventure,” sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador. . . A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit. . . An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile. . . Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago.

During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows–most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

Spider-man Into the Spiderverse

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Mary Poppins Returns

The magic returns in Disney’s reimagined classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of what it’s like to be a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in celebration that everything is possible…even the impossible!