Summer reading officially began on June 6, and so far the program has been deliciously popular with our patrons. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Kickoff event! It was delightful.
These photos capture some of the evening’s highlights. In the photo above, we see scientist Steve Belliveau experimenting with kitchen chemistry. He used many of our audience members as assistants, and their wit and intelligence made us proud.
At left, Friends of the Lincolnwood Library President Georgia Talaganis holds up a display from our book title game. We constructed 40 sets of items meant to represent popular book titles that mention food. Georgia is holding a catcher’s mitt and a loaf of rye bread … can you guess the title that they represent?
This game was so popular that throughout the summer, we are going to display one or two similar setups per week near the Adult Services desk. Stop by and see if you’re up to the challenge.
We were seriously grossed out to learn some of the answers to our teens-only gross trivia. (Did you know that Canadians in the frozen north have been known to eat a jellied version of a moose’s nose? Ew.) The teens also enjoyed “kitty-litter” cake and other foods that looked gross but tasted delicious, we hate to admit.
Lincolnwood Library’s staff loved planning this event and we thank you so much for attending. Youth, keep chewing through those book logs, and adults, continue to write down your reading!
Staff, friends and supporters of the library had a great time participating in the 2012 Lincolnwood Memorial Day Parade.
In keeping with our summer reading theme of “Reading is So Delicious,” library staff braved the heat and wore hamburger hats while passing out library information and candy (alas, we have no photos of that!). As the new director of the library, I got involved as well, and dressed up my car like a hot dog, to the amusement of parade watchers.
A beautiful vintage red Chevelle got in on the fun, and displayed our big wearable book mascot (it was too hot to wear).
If you’ve got photos of the parade you’d like to share, post them to your Facebook page and tag them with “Lincolnwood Public Library” (http://www.facebook.com/LincolnwoodLibrary).
A good time was had by all, and it was great to see the community involved and having fun.
Our May book discussion featured The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons.
In contrast to last month’s complex and difficult read, The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, our group enjoyed The House at Tyneford. Some adjectives used to describe it were: romantic, wonderful, enjoyable, simple, predictable, and fair. No one hated the novel, and some really loved it, but others lost interest about halfway through. Everyone agreed that the historical details were interesting and that it gave us yet another look at the complex period of World War 2.
Discussion highlights were:
- The protagonist Elise: we gave her credit for being adaptable, hopeful, and authentically struggling with her religious identity.
- Elise’s romances with Kit and then Mr. Rivers: some of us knew it was Mr. Rivers all along!
- The novel in the viola: we agreed that her father intentionally left the pages blank so that Elise could fill them.
- The house itself: was essentially a main character of the book and its changes in inhabitants and upkeep symbolized society’s concurrent shifts.
This novel is a love story, a coming of age story, and a World War 2 story. We compared it to PBS’ television sensation Downton Abbey and literary classic Rebecca. It seemed to resonate with most of us, which lead to a naturally flowing discussion. We recommend it to other book groups.
If you’d like to continue reading along with us, pick up our book for June, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
Bring your appetite to the library this summer and come in to devour a book!
We are launching our “Reading Is So Delicious” summer reading program on Tuesday, June 5 with foodie bingo at 10 a.m. and yummy pizza at 11:15 a.m. Registration with the Youth Services department is required for the June 5th event.
Then on Wednesday, June 6, our official Summer Reading Kickoff events include:
- Singer Joel Frankel, 6:30 p.m., Roehri Room
- Steve Belliveau, “Kitchen Chemistry & the Science of Food,” 7:30 p.m., Roehri Room
- Teens Only Gross-Out Room, 6:30-8 p.m., Grant Room
- Book-Title Trivia Contest, 6:30-8:30 p.m., main library
Registration is not required for any of the June 6th events. Bring your whole family and stop in to celebrate with us!