Phyllis Fox Writing & Bookmark Contest

writing contest

Wednesday March 22nd is the final day to turn in your submissions for the Phyllis Fox Memorial Writing Contest and for the Bookmark Contest. Please turn your submissions into Donna, Eliza, or Carrie in the Children’s Department.

The Phyllis Fox Memorial Writing Contest is open to children in 1st – 8th grade. You may write a short story on the subject of your choice. First place winners will receive a $25 gift card.

The Bookmark Design Contest is open to children in grades Kindergarten – 8th. The theme of the bookmark design should be book or reading related. Winners will receive 100 professionally printed copies of their winning entry.

Winners will be announced on Monday April 10th and an award ceremony will be held on Wednesday May 10th at 7:00pm at the Blair Park Recreation Center. For more information, please see the staff in the Children’s Department.


Local Favorites: March 21, 2017

Are you looking for new books? Interested in what your friends and neighbors are reading? Looking for a new title for your book club group? Here are some of the current best-sellers at the Lake Forest Book Store this week:

All Summer Long – Dorothea Benton Frank
This is a story of people whose lives are changing – a southern gentleman returning home to lead a more peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, downsizing. And while they are doing this, they are getting glimpses into other people’s lives over the course of a summer, holidays that will amuse, shock and transform them.

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
This is a story of people whose lives are changing – a southern gentleman returning home to lead a more peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition. They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, downsizing. And while they are doing this, they are getting glimpses into other people’s lives over the course of a summer, holidays that will amuse, shock and transform them.

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body.

All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda
Ten years after leaving Cooley Ridge, Nicolette Farrell returns to care for her ailing father. A decade ago, she, her brother Daniel, her boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson were suspects when Corinne — Nic’s best friend — disappeared without a trace. Within days of Nic’s return, they are plunged into a shocking drama when Nic’s neighbor Annaleise, who is dating Tyler and was the group’s alibi ten years previously, goes missing.

I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
Devastated by a hit-and-run accident that has ended the life of her young son, Jenna moves to the remote Welsh coast to search for healing while two dedicated policemen try to get to the bottom of the case.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple

Duck Season – David McAninch
A delicious memoir about the eight months food writer David McAninch spent in Gascony, a deeply rural region of France virtually untouched by mass tourism–meeting extraordinary characters and eating the best meals of his life.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk  -Kathleen Rooney
A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk… paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.


Local Favorites: March 14, 2017

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store:

Windy City Blues – Renee Rosen
The bestselling author of White Collar Girl and What the Lady Wants explores one woman’s journey of self-discovery set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution.

On Turpentine Lane – Elinor Lipman
An endearing romantic comedy from the beloved best-selling author of The Family Man and The View from Penthouse B.

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah’s Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

News of the World – Paulette Jiles
It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Be Frank With Me – Julia Claiborne Johnson
A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the page-turning spirit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.

Red Notice – Bill Browder
This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.


New Trending Titles Collection!

We are happy to introduce a new collection to the Lake Bluff Public Library! Stop and check out our new Trending Titles display.

The books and movies featured on this display are items that are extremely popular. They are available on a first come, first served basis and have 1 week loan period with no renewals or holds. If you see something you want, grab it before it’s too late!

Current Trending Titles include:
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
Before the Fall – Noah Hawley
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
Hacksaw Ridge (DVD)
Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance
Little Deaths – Emma Flint
The Lost City of the Monkey God – Douglas Preston
Never Never – James Patterson and Candace Fox
No Man’s Land – David Baldacci
Arrival (DVD)
Inferno (DVD)
Moonlight (DVD)
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
The Girl Before – JP Delaney
The Mistress – Danielle Steel
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis
The Whistler – John Grisham

Happy Reading!


Local Favorites: March 9, 2017

These titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney – Paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles – Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd and his companion, Johanna take a 400 mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

After the Crash by Michael Bussi – Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing into a snowy mountainside. Within seconds flames engulf the plane, which is filled with holiday travelers. Of the 169 passengers, all but one perish.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton – After seeing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin’s grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow – One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn’t been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children’s books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a “Little Golden guide to life”? Yes, we could!

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen – Leeba doesn’t exactly fit in, but her passion for music is not lost on her neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company. What begins as answering phones and filing becomes much more as Leeba comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James. But she also finds love with a black blues guitarist named Red Dupree. With their relationship unwelcome in segregated Chicago and the two of them shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox Jewish family, Leeba and Red soon find themselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together.


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd celebrates the 112th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), better known to many as Dr. Seuss. He has written many of the most popular children’s books of all time. While the books are marketed towards children, the wisdom of Dr. Seuss  goes far beyond the age of children.

We have many of Dr. Seuss’s books in the library. Come stop by and check them out!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1988) – A story-poem about the activities of such unusual animals as the Nook, Wump, Yink, Yop, Gack, and the Zeds.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1976) – The King, tired of rain, snow, sun and fog, commands his magicians to make something else come down from the sky, but when oobleck falls, in sticky greenish droplets, Bartholomew Cubbins shames the King and saves the kingdom.

Green Eggs and Ham (1960) – “Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently.

Hop on Pop (1991) – Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences, such as “Day, Play. We play all day. Night. Fight. We fight all night.”

Horton Hears a Who! (1954) – A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton’s friends that Whos really exist.

Hunches in Bunches (1982) – A boy has a difficult time making decisions even though there is a vocal bunch of Hunches to help him.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1993) – Advice in rhyme for proceeding in life, weathering fear, loneliness, confusion, and being in charge of your actions.

The Cat in the Hat (1957) – A zany but well-meaning cat bring a cheerful, exotic, and exuberant form of chaos to a household of two young children one rainy day while their mother is out.

The Lorax (1971) – The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

What Pet Should I Get? (2015) – A boy wants all of the pets in a pet store but he and his sister can choose only one. End notes discuss Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for “What Pet Should I Get?”


March New Releases

Check out our FAVORITE new picks for March! Click on a title or call the library to place a hold on an item.


Please call the library to place a hold on any of the items listed below. 

  1. The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter
  2. Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel
  3. If Not For You by Debbie Macomber
  4. Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
  5. Black Book by James Patterson
  6. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
  7. Vicious Circle by C.J. Box
  8. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
  9. The Woman in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck


  1. Younger by Sara Gottfried
  2. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  3. The President’s Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller
  4. Whistleblower at the CIA by Melvin Goodman
  5. Curators by Lance Grande
  6. Between Heaven and the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman
  7. South and West by Joan Didion
  8. The One-Cent Magenta by James Barron
  9. The Family Gene by Joselin Linder


  1. The Americans: Season 4
  2. 20th Century Women
  3. In Dubious Battle
  4. Jackie
  5. Fire at Sea
  6. City in the Sky
  7. Planet Earth II
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  9. A Tale of Love and Darkness


  1. Divide by Ed Sheeran
  2. Bass Duo by William Parker
  3. Take Whatever You Want by Emily Estefan
  4. Triplicate by Bob Dylan
  5. Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa by Frank Zappa
  6. The String Quartets by Jethro Tull


Please see Ms. Eliza to place a hold on one of the titles listed below. 

  1. Bull by David Elliot
  2. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  3. Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
  4. The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend
  5. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf
  6. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner


  1. Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
  2. Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs
  3. The Spy Next Door: Mutant Rat Attack by Jay Cooper
  4. The Bad Guys: Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey
  5. Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child