New Book Tuesday!

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2-27-18 New items at the Lincolnwood Library!


The Bad Daughter: A Novel by Joy Fielding

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets, from the author of Someone Is Watching and See Jane Run.

There was no shortage of words she could use to describe her father, almost none of them complimentary. Serves you damn right, she thought.

A voice mail from her estranged sister, Melanie, sends Robin’s heart racing and her mind spiraling in a full-blown panic attack. Melanie’s message is dire: Their father, his second wife, and his twelve-year-old stepdaughter have been shot—likely in a home invasion—and lie in the hospital in critical condition.

It’s been more than five years since Robin turned her back on her father when he married her best friend. Five years since she said goodbye to her hometown of Red Bluff, California, and became a therapist. More than two years since Robin and Melanie have spoken. Yet even with all that distance and time and acrimony, the past is always with Robin.

Now she must return to the family she left behind. As she attempts to mend fences while her father clings to life, Robin begins to wonder if there is more to the tragedy than a botched burglary attempt. It seems that everyone—Robin’s mercurial sister, her less-than-communicative nephew, her absent brother, and even Tara, her father’s wife—has something to hide. And someone may have put them all in grave danger.

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets. The Bad Daughter explores the deadly differences between the lies we want to believe and the truths we wish not to know.


Chicago: A Novel by David Mamet

A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago—a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better—by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Mike Hodge—veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry—probably shouldn’t have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge.

In Chicago, David Mamet has created a bracing, kaleidoscopic page-turner that roars through the Windy City’s underground on its way to a thunderclap of a conclusion. Here is not only his first novel in more than two decades, but the book he has been building to for his whole career. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, suffused with trademark “Mamet Speak,” richness of voice, pace, and brio, and exploring—as no other writer can—questions of honor, deceit, revenge, and devotion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.

New Movies

Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp, in this stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mystery based on the best-selling novel by Agatha Christie.


In Disney•Pixar’s extraordinary adventure, a boy who dreams of becoming a great musician embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor’s stories and traditions.

The Darkest Hour

As Hitler’s forces near the United Kingdom, it is up to Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) to decide between negotiating peace or fighting against impossible odds.

 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo) delivers a stunningly powerful performance in this darkly comic drama that has been hailed as one of the year’s best films.

New Book Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday. That’s right, it means new items in the library!


Sunburn: A Novel by Laura Lippman

Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Bustle, Popsugar, Wall Street JournalEntertainment WeeklySeattle Times, Book Riot, LitHub, BookPage, and Paperback Paris.

“Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and Sunburn is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it.” -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something—or someone—has to give.

Which one will it be?

Inspired by James M. Cain’s masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred PierceSunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that convicted killer Sam Blue is innocent of the serial murders of three young women? Detective Harriet Blue is certain that her brother is incapable of having committed these horrific crimes. Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Harry attends Sam’s hearing. The outburst she unleashes earns her a reassignment–to the Outback.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that convicted killer Sam Blue is innocent of the serial murders of three young women? Detective Harriet Blue is certain that her brother is incapable of having committed these horrific crimes. Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Harry attends Sam’s hearing. The outburst she unleashes earns her a reassignment–to the Outback.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that Harry has landed in a town where the population of seventy-five is in the sights of a seasoned killer? A diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan: the massacre of the entire town. And the first murder, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests that the clock is already ticking.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Harry’s brother’s case wide open? If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage . . . .

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that you’ll be able to put down this relentless thriller–which continues the series that began with the instant #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Never Never? Less than zero.

Daddy’s Home 2

When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) finally have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until their dads come to town, putting their newfound partnership to the ultimate test in this hilarious comedy.

Same Kind of Different as Me

The inspiring story of an international art dealer who must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives.

New Book Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday. That’s right, it means new items in the library!

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

A witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella.

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Poison by John Lescroart

In John Lescroart’s latest thriller, San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy is called upon to investigate the murder of a wealthy man whose heirs are all potential suspects.

Dismas Hardy is looking forward to easing into retirement and reconnecting with his family after recovering from two glancing gunshot wounds courtesy of a recent client. But this plan is cut short when, against his wife’s wishes, he is pulled back into the courtroom by the murder of Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business. The prime suspect is Wagner’s bookkeeper, Abby Jarvis, a former client of Hardy’s who had been receiving large sums of cash under-the-table from the company—but she insists that she’s innocent and Dismas wants to believe her.

As he prepares for trial, Dismas probes deeply into the Wagner clan’s history, discovering dark secrets, jealous siblings, gold-digging girlfriends, startling betrayals, and menacing blackmailers. Suspense builds as the trial date looms, and the closer Dismas gets to the Wagners, the clearer it becomes that he has a large target painted on his back.

With John Lescroart’s razor-sharp dialogue, intricate plotting and relentless pacing, Poison is a nail-biter that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Night Moves: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of the psychological thriller makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding suspense.

Even with all his years of experience, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill and savvy cannot solve alone. That’s when he calls on brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the darkest motives lurk. And if ever the good doctor’s insight is needed, it’s at the scene of a murder as baffling as it is brutal.

There’s no spilled blood, no evidence of a struggle, and, thanks to the victim’s missing face and hands, no immediate means of identification. And no telling why the disfigured corpse of a stranger has appeared in an upscale L.A. family’s home. Chet Corvin, his wife, and their two teenage children are certain the John Doe is unknown to them. Despite that, their cooperation seems guarded. And that’s more than Milo and Alex can elicit from the Corvins’ creepy next-door neighbor—a notorious cartoonist with a warped sense of humor and a seriously antisocial attitude.

As the investigation ensues, it becomes clear that this well-to-do suburban enclave has its share of curious eyes, suspicious minds, and loose lips. And as Milo tightens the screws on potential persons of interest—and Alex tries to breach the barriers that guard their deepest secrets—a strangling web of corrupted love, cold-blooded greed, and shattered trust is exposed. Though the grass may be greener on these privileged streets, there’s enough dirt below the surface to bury a multitude of sins. Including the deadliest.


New movies in the collection



(available on DVD and Blu-Ray) Watch Trailer

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay star in an inspiring story of a loving family whose son, born with facial differences, enters a mainstream school for the first time.





The Deuce – Season 1

James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in Season 1 of this gritty drama series from David Simon and George Pelecanos (‘The Wire,’ ‘Treme’) that traces the evolution of the porn industry in NYC’s Times Square in the 1970s.


Check out these items and more next time you visit us!



New Resource: The New York Times

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Have you ever tried to read a great article from The New York Times Online only to be stopped by a paywall?  Library to the rescue! With our latest subscription, Lincolnwood residents have unlimited access from home or on the go.


Access NYT Online outside the library:

  • Lincolnwood Library cardholders can access NYT Online by redeeming a code. The code provides 24 hours of continuous access. A new code must be redeemed for each 24 hours of access.
  • Visit this page for the code, then select Redeem.
  • First time users must register with an email address and create a password.
  • Returning users must log in with their email address and password.

Access NYT Online inside the library:

  • Visit on one of the library’s computers or connect to the library’s WiFi.
  • First time users must register with an email address and create a password.
  • Returning users must log in with email address and password for unlimited access.

For more information, check out our Help Guide or talk to an Information Services Librarian! You can find us at the yellow “Ask Us” desk, at 847-677-5277 x230, or

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.




Purple Brick Easter Eggs in the Library

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Did you know there is another meaning for easter egg? It’s an unexpected or undocumented feature, usually in software, included as a joke or a bonus. We installed our own “easter egg” in the library during our renovation. We took three of the purple bricks from the old Purple Hotel (remember the Purple Hotel? and “hid” them in the library. Try and find them the next time you are at the library!

Music, Construction, Art Beetles, and Girl Power!

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design! We certainly have been. Our Youth librarians have been reading loads of books related to that theme: from the design of writing to how to code to how to DIY a fashion shoot. Come on in and see all of the design books we have for you – on display and on our regular shelves – and, while you’re at it, get a few hole punches on your challenge card!

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford, tells the story of Ali, a young boy growing up in Baghdad. Ali is learning calligraphy and how to write in Arabic. As he brings writing into everyday activities such as soccer and watching his father shave, he learns about Yakut, an ancient calligrapher who also learned to write during a time of war. With illustrations that incorporate calligraphy into every single page in unique ways, this story illustrates the beautiful musical rhythm of language and writing.

Cathedral: the Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay, is an early 1970s Caldecott Award winning classic that tells the story of the construction of a Gothic cathedral. From tools to blueprints and more, this beautifully illustrated book acts as a stunning introduction to architecture and design for children. If you can’t get enough of this gorgeous book, make sure you look at Macaulay’s other works.

In the book Masterpiece by Elise Broach, you’ll meet a beetle that can draw? James has one living under his kitchen sink! Marvin the beetle has left a miniature drawing for James in the book . But when they accidentally end up involved in an art heist, these unlikely friends are going to need to team up to solve the mystery!

If you need a good book about girl power that will inspire you to try some new technology, then Girl Code, Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, is the book you’re looking for. These tech phenoms created a game that went viral overnight and are sharing their knowledge with readers! Affect your world and the world around you with the help of these two awesome girls and learn how you can inspire change.

We hope you stop by to visit the library and grab a book from one of our design themed displays (good for a couple of hole punches on your challenge card for sure) – and be sure to tell us what books you’re loving this summer.