Michael Bond (1926-2017)

Michael Bond, author of the Paddington books was born in 1926. He worked as a cameraman for the BBC when he came up with the idea after seeing a small toy bear in London.

Bond’s first book was called “A Bear Called Paddington” in 1958. Paddington tells the story of a small, orphaned bear as he travels from Peru to the British capitol. He is found at Paddington Station wearing a tag saying “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and is taken in by the Brown family.

There are many books in the Paddington series and has become a beloved story for many children.

A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs Brown at Paddington Station becomes one of the family.

Paddington (DVD)
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Paddington – Michael Bond
Nearly fifty years ago, a small bear from Darkest Peru set out on an adventure of a lifetime. With nothing but a suitcase, several jars of marmalade, and a label around his neck that read, “Please Look After This Bear,” he stowed away on a ship headed for faraway England. When the little bear arrived at London’s busy Paddington Station, he was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. As luck would have it, the Browns were just the sort of people to welcome a lost bear into their family.


Books for Troubled Youth/Teens

As we grow up, some of us may not have the picture perfect relationships with those around us. Sometimes all it takes is for a reader to find the perfect book that helps them relate to the struggles of daily life.

The list below is a selection of popular books that you can find at the library. These titles touch on a variety of problems, life experiences, and solutions to the things that teens, youth, and young adults may be dealing with.

For the complete list, visit http://www.bookriot.com

Burn Baby Burn – Meg Medina
Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.

Not My Father’s Son – Alan Cumming
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

Shelter – Jung Yun
Kyung Cho’s home is worth less money than he owes. A tenure-track professor, he and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. Now their decisions have caught up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future: all he wants is to provide the home that was denied him to their son.

Mother, Mother – Koren Zailckas
Josephine Hurst has her family under control: two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. When her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Purple Hibiscus – Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
In the city of Egunu, Nigeria, fifteen year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a somewhat cloistered life. Their father is a wealthy businessman, they live in a beautiful home, and attend private school. But, through Kambili’s eyes, we see that their home life is anything but harmonious. Her father, a fanatically religious man has impossible expectations of his children and his wife, and if things don’t go his way he becomes physically abusive. Not until Kambili and Jaja are sent away from home for the very first time to visit their loving aunt, does Kambili’s world begin to blossom. But when a military coup threatens to destroy the country, the tension in her family’s home escalates, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together.

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who hated anything to do with domesticity. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.


READO Lists @ the Library

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Lake Bluff students in Kindergarten – 5th grade are required to complete their READO lists over the summer. The goal is to keep reading even though you’re out of school for the next 2 months. Students should have received their READO lists at school, but if you don’t have one, we have some at the library! Here are some helpful suggestions for books to read to complete your list, based on the grade you will be in this fall:

(Kindergarten – 2nd Grade)
Favorite author (see our picture book collection)
Animal books
Folk/Fairy Tale

(3rd Grade – 5th Grade)
Mystery (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children, A to Z Mysteries, 39 Clues, etc.)
Graphic Novels
Series Books (Dork Diaries, Treasure Hunters, Seekers, Harry Potter)
Historical Fiction

If you have any questions about READO or finding books, please see Eliza in the Children’s Department.


Read By Design: Adult Summer Reading Club

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Create your own Summer Reading Club! Read any 4 books and fill in the pathways on your reading log to create your own design. Turn in your completed logs by August 31st to earn a designer prize pack and free pre-publication books. Your reading logs will also help us make a community collage of all the books we’ve read this summer! Watch the book collage grow and see what your neighbors recommend as we join forces to design the best summer reading club ever!!

Adult Summer Reading Club runs from June 16th – August 31st. Questions? Ask Liliana!

Local Favorites: June 15th

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

Make Your Bed – Admiral William H. McRaven
On May 17, 2014, Admiral McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life

I Found You – Lisa Jewell
In the windswept British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on a beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside…

Camino Island – John Grisham
A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

The Last Days of Night – Graham Moore
A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

The Assistants – Christina Perri
Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not.

The One in a Million Boy – Monica Wood
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she’s confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the War in Vietnam – Mark Bowden
The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.

I See You – Clare Mackintosh
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
The story of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.


DNA: Behind the Scenes

DNA testing has become part of genealogy but what does it really mean? What are the different tests? Why do they tell us different things? In short, what do you need to know to start to think about DNA?

On Thursday June 29th at 7:00pm, learn the answers to all of these questions from genealogist Daniel Hubbard, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Our first floor display features some books about DNA and genes.

The Language of Life – Francis S. Collins
With accessible, insightful prose, Dr. Collins describes the medical, scientific, and genetic revolution that is currently unlocking the secrets of “personalized medicine,” and offers practical advice on how to utilize these discoveries for you and your family’s current and future health and well-being.

The Gene Therapy Plan – Mitchell L. Gaynor M.D.
Practical, evidence-based approaches to diet, including juices, recipes, and comprehensive meal plans. And it explains the cutting-edge science that is revolutionizing what we know about how our biology and our behavior intersect.

Life’s Greatest Secret – Matthew Cobb
Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of a greater struggle to understand life’s secrets. Life’s Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code, the thing that ultimately enables a spiraling molecule to give rise to the life that exists all around us.

DNA USA – Bryan Sykes
Bryan Sykes, one of the world’s leading geneticists and best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, sets his sights on America, one of the most genetically variegated countries in the world. Sykes embarks on a road trip―DNA testing kit in tow―interviewing genealogists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans, tracing America’s history along a double helix that stretches from the last Ice Age to the present day.

Super Genes – Deepak Chopra M.D. & Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D
The authors of the New York Times bestseller Super Brain present a bold new understanding of our genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity. The leap into “radical well-being” is a promise waiting to be fulfilled.

The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick

Move Your DNA – Katy Bowman
Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement – right down to the cellular level. It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter – gatherer’s life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones – Bridget Heos
Acclaimed author Bridget Heos uses real-life cases to tell the history of modern forensic science, from the first test for arsenic poisoning to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the important milestones in between.


June New Releases

Click on a title below or call the library to place a hold on these hot new releases!


  1. Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich
  2. Murder Games by James Patterson
  3. Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
  4. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
  5. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
  6. Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall by Diana Gabaldon
  7. The Child by Fiona Barton
  8. Camino Island by John Grisham
  9. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz


  1. The Big Heist by Anthony DeStefano
  2. Prairie Defender by George Dekle
  3. Cemeteries of Illinois by Hal Hassen/Dawn Cobb
  4. But Seriously by John McEnroe
  5. A History of the United States in Five Crashes by Scott Nations
  6. The Secret History of Jane Eyre by John Pfordresher
  7. I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart/Neil Strauss
  8. The Best Land under Heaven by Michael Wallis
  9. Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif


  1. Land of Mine
  2. Power Rangers
  3. Frantz
  4. Growing up Smith
  5. This Beautiful Fantastic
  6. The Young Pope
  7. A United Kingdom
  8. John Wick Chapter 2
  9. The Sense of an Ending


  1. Heart Break by Lady Antebellum
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. Collection by George Benson
  4. Feed the Machine by Nickelback
  5. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie by Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
  6. The Mission by Styx


  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  2. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  3. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
  4. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  5. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
  6. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson


  1. Funny Girl by Betsy Bird
  2. Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein
  3. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  4. Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson
  5. The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
  6. Brave by Svetlana Chmakova