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!

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.