Need A Book Recommendation? Listen to the First Page Here!

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A few months ago, we posted a series of videos where we read the first page of the book that a staff member recommended. Check out the whole series of the videos here, and use this to enjoy some great books and see if any spark your interest to read more!

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and acomplete git, but he’s probably right.

A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French.

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years.

Caught between anger and grief, Henry sets out to do the only thing he can think of: climb Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, which he and his brother Franklin were going to climb together. 

Agatha Christie’s debut novel was the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective. A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work.

Comics Fest Book Talks

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In case you didn’t grab one of the books off of our display, be sure to check out some of our book talk videos related to comics and Zine making! Comics can be celebrated all year, so be sure to check some of these out! Also, check out our Facebook and YouTube page for more book talks and program videos.

In the spirit of Lincolnwood Library's Comics Fest here is an "Un-shelving" video of some of Kevin's favorites from our collection! #LincolnwoodComicsFest #Comics #GraphicNovels

Posted by Lincolnwood Public Library on Monday, June 22, 2020

ALA Wrap-Up, Part II: Book Haul Videos

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Here are parts I and II of our book haul videos, which you can check out on our social media page!

We have also included links to all the discussed ALA Haul books (although some are forthcoming and not in the catalog yet). This can serve as a great reading list for all ages (adults included) and genres! It also includes both seasoned and new authors, so it will fit your interest no matter whether you’re interested in something new or something familiar! Or you can stop in to hear more about these in person!

They Called Us Enemy – George Takei

Black Mage – Daniel Barnes

Activist – Lauren Hog

Chickasaw Adventures Series

The Ghost Collector

Baby Sitters Little Sitter – Katy Farina

Unplugged and Unpopular – Mat Heagerty

Mighty Jack and Zita The Spacegirl – Ben Hatke

Best Friends – Shannon Hale (also a Books and Bites selection)

The Crossover: Graphic Novel (also a Books and Bites selection)

Red Panda and Moon Bear – Jarod Rosello (for fans of Dog Man!)

I Am the Night Sky – Various (Created by teens themselves)

Indian No More – Charlene McManis

Light It Up – Kekla Magoon

The Year We Fell From Space – A.S. King

I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day

I Can Make This Promise – Christine Day

The Jumbie God’s Revenge – Tracey Baptiste

All the Day’s Past, All the Days to Come – Mildred Taylor

ALA Conference Recap, Part I: Book Talks

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The 2019 ALA, or American Library Association, Annual Conference is always a big event for librarians. This past year the conference took place in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25.

Here is how the ALA describes the conference:

One of our librarians, Eti, attended the conference. There was indeed, lots of great networking, updates, and opportunities to connect with authors and materials. The Lincolnwood Public Library wanted to share and discuss some of the books we are most excited about. Take a look below and stay tuned for our ALA book haul that we will assuredly talk more about later. Enjoy and be sure to take a look at any of these books in our collection by clicking the links!

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
I Am the Night Sky by Various
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

YTS Program Wrap Up: Books & Bites

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This year in Books & Bites exposed kids to lots of different books in our collection, as well as the major ideas in those books! Take a look at some of the selections below to check them out from our library. They also got to talk with author Jerry Craft, the author of the acclaimed graphic novel New Kid. Furthermore, kids learned and practiced giving their own book talks and promoted their own favorite books at the end of the year. In talking with some of the participants, kids felt that “my voice was heard about the books and their ideas” and that they “learned about a lot of great books that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever heard about.” We are already planning on the summer and next school year’s selection, so be sure to check out the calendar and join us soon!

The Witch Boy – Ostertag

All’s Faire in Middle School – Jamieson

Brave – Chmakova

Lowriders in Space – Camper; illustrated by Gonzalez

Cardboard Kingdom – Sell

New Kid – Craft

Smile – Telgemeier

Free Comic Book Day Celebration
Jerry Craft, author of New Kid
All’s Faire in Middle School!

¡Viva! Coming Together

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Coming Together is an annual program that seeks to build knowledge of and appreciation for the diversity represented in Skokie and Niles Township. This year’s theme, ¡Viva!, provides opportunities to explore Latino & Hispanic identity and culture through selected books and engaging programming for all ages.

The Lincolnwood Public Library is hosting a handful of events in conjunction with ¡Viva! Coming Together:

  • Thursday, January 21, 10:30am: Screening of the 2002 film “Frida” at the library
  • Monday, January 25, 7:30pm: Discussion of this year’s adult fiction book selection, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, at L. Woods Restaurant
  • Monday, February 8, 11am: Discussion of The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez at the Lincolnwood Community Center
  • Tuesday, February 9, 5pm: Appetizers and artist talk by Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis, with live music to follow, at 90 Miles Cuban Café
  • Wednesday, February 17, 11:15am: Chef Demo, featuring Latino foods and live music by Gabriel Medina of the Old Town School of Folk Music, at Lincolnwood Place
  • Wednesday, February 24 or Wednesday, March 2, 6pm: Taste of Ecuador interactive cooking class at Whole Foods Sauganash

This is only a small sampling of the ¡Viva! Coming Together programming that will be taking place over the next few months in Lincolnwood, Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, and beyond. For all event listings and details, see

If you can’t make it to the events, or if attending inspires you to delve deeper into Latino/Hispanic culture, look for the books selected and recommended by the Coming Together planning committee. You can also browse digital newspapers and magazines from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain using our NewspaperDirect subscription; or check out music from the Sounds of Latin America collection on hoopla.

¡Viva! Coming Together officially kicks off on Sunday, January 31, at Niles West High School. Please join us there for a festive afternoon of music, food, art, and fun, led by emcee Lourdes Duarte of WGN-TV. ¡Celebramos!

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Author Visit: Rebecca Makkai

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rebecca makkaiThe library’s Adult Book Group will meet, as they have once a month for more than a decade, on December 14…but this will be no ordinary meeting. For the very first time, the author of the selected book will join the group—and other interested readers—to talk about her work and answer questions.

Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose reputation ripples far beyond our local area. She has written two highly acclaimed novels, The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, appeared in June.

Book group selection The Hundred-Year House is set in a rambling Midwestern estate called Laurelfield. This ingenious novel moves backwards in time through the 20th century, gradually revealing convoluted connections among Laurelfield’s inhabitants and visitors. Readers emerge dazzled (we’ve heard of some who turned the book over and reread it immediately!) and eager to dissect the intricate plot with others.

And that’s exactly what our library book group members will do—but the presence of author Rebecca Makkai is sure to make the discussion especially rich and revealing. Please join us (even if you haven’t read the book!) at 11am on Monday, December 14. Bring copies to be signed, if you’d like. Registration is requested, but not required. Questions? Contact us at (847) 677-5277.