Mermaid Books

Who doesn’t love a good mermaid book! Maybe you remember being young and realizing they weren’t a real thing but something that existed in fiction? For many of us, watching The Little Mermaid was probably our first mermaid experience, but do you remember the first mermaid book you read? Here are some fun mermaid-themed books you can find on the shelves of the library. Some of them are fun, adventurous, and some absolutely vicious!

Aquamarine (J DVD Aquamarine)
Two twelve year old girls are in love with a dilapidated beach club near their home. After a huge storm they check to see how the club held up and discover Aquamarine, a mermaid, in the pool of the club.

Bayou Magic – Jewell Parker Rhodes (JF Rho)
Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.

In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan (Teen Bre)
Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise), teenaged Elliott, a human transported to a fantasy world where he attends a school for warriors and diplomatic advisers, finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possbile.

Mermaids Most Amazing – Narelle Oliver (J 398.2 Oli)
Explores the history and legends of mermaids throughout the ages.

Rise of the Jumbies – Tracey Baptiste (JF Bap Vol. 2)
Suspicion falls on half-jumbie Corinne when local children from her Caribbean island home begin to disappear, and she is forced to go deep into the ocean to seek the help of a dangerous jumbie who rules the waves.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler (Teen Ock)
After a boating accident takes her beautiful singing and speaking voice from her, Elyse d’Abreau, the youngest of six sisters, leaves her home in Tobago to stay in an Oregon seaside town where Christian Kane, a notorious playboy, challenges her to express herself and to overcome her fear of the sea.

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo (Teen Chr)
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. Hearts are power, and with the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. When a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own, the Sea Queen transforms Lira a human as punishment.

The Vicious Deep – Zorvida Cordova (Teen Cor Vol. 1)
After being sucked out to sea in a tidal wave, Tristan Hart returns ashore on Coney Island with no memory of what happened to him–yet he can sense the emotions of others and dreams of a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.



August New Releases


The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

The Washington Decree by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Good luck with that by Kristan Higgins

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Texas Ranger by James Patterson

Vox by Christina Dalcher

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Our house by Louise Candlish

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley


Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Daniel Siegel, MD.

The Best of Royko: The Tribune Years by David Royko

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace  

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crisis Changed the World by Adam Tooze

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

The Gatsby Affair by Kendall Taylor

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

How Schools Work by Arne Duncan

The Husband Hunters by Anne De Courcy



Book Club

Bye Bye Germany

Chicago Fire: Season Six

The Music of Silence


On Chesil Beach

The Tree of Life

The Yellow Birds



Know by Jason Mraz

Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suite by Yoyo Ma

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

Thank you for Today by Death Cab for Cutie

Timeless by IL Divo

Treat Myself by Meghan Trainor

Afternoon Book Club (August)

(August) It's What I Do
Summary – War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth has shaped her life. What she does is to document the complex lives of others. As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book, here are some others you might like as well. Star of the North by D.B John, And Then All Hell Broke Loose by Richard Engel, Hold Still by Sally Mann, Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott, Between the World and Me by Te-Nehisi Coates, and The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junge.

Book Club – It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario is Carol’s book club selection for August. Book discussion will be held on Tuesday August 21st at 2:30pm in the Spruth Room. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. You don’t have to attend Book Club to check out the book (but it sure helps!). We look forward to seeing you soon!


Lake Forest Book Store Staff Picks

The following titles are current staff favorites from the folks over at the Lake Forest Book Store and they can all be found on the shelves of our library!

A Double Life – Flynn Berry
Claire is a hardworking doctor living a simple, quiet life in London. She is also the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country, though no one knows it.

From the Corner of the Oval – Beck Dorey-Stein
The compulsively readable story of a young woman finding friends, falling in love, getting her heart broken, finding her voice as a writer, and finding herself in the process

Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong
A few days after Christmas in a small suburb, pairs of a man’s pants hang from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Howard’s wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth and arrives home to find her parents’ situation is worse than she’d realized.

Little Big Love – Katy Regan
A smart, big-hearted love story about a family for whom everything changed one night, a decade ago, and the young boy who unites them all.

The Banker’s Wife – Cristina Alger
On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list.

The Book of Essie – Meghan Maclean Weir
A novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family’s hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
The story of a young woman as she returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.


Passports Now Available!


Traveling abroad? Need a passport? The Lake Bluff Public Library can help!

We are pleased to announce that we are now a designated Passport Acceptance Facility.

Beginning Monday, July 23rd, US Citizens may apply for their US Passports at the Lake Bluff Public Library. Passport appointments will be offered Monday through Friday. The last appointment slot will be offered one hour prior to Library closing. Weekend appointments may be available as the staff schedule permits.

To make an appointment, please visit and fill out the online form or call or visit the Library. We look forward to offering this new service to the community!


Photography 101

Our Photography 101 program will be held on Thursday July 19th at 7:00pm.

Mike Trahan will cover practical things you can do to improve your pictures including need-to-know basics, composition guidelines, practical shooting techniques, and other topics related to photography. This presentation is oriented to beginner and early intermediate photographers. Mr. Trahan is a member of two Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association clubs and the Lake County Camera Club where he was a past president. He has won several photo contests in in the United States and Canada. Check out his photos at

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Beginners – Scott Kelby
The world’s #1 bestselling Lightroom book has been updated in this latest version for Lightroom 6. Kelby uses his same award-winning, step-by-step, plain-English style and layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun.

Adventure Photography – Michael Clark
This beautifully produced guide is the first book on a fast-growing photographic genre including shooting today’s popular extreme outdoor sports and more.

Digital Nature & Landscape Photography – Mark Lucock
This beautifully produced and illustrated reference outlines simple techniques for assuring that your nature images achieve both technical and creative excellence.

The Digital Photography Complete Course (DK Publishing)
This book helps you to build your photography skills week-by-week. This is the perfect one-on-one learning program for any aspiring photographer.

Photographing Your Family – Joel Sartore
In this unique guide, staff photographer Joel Sartore takes the mystery out of making extraordinary pictures of kids with a hilarious tour through his own family albums.

The Beginner’s Photography Book (DK Publishing)
This guide’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout makes it accessible as it takes you through every technique you need to create stunning images, from exposure to flash to image enhancement.


Potty Training Books

Potty training can be a challenging task for any parent to accomplish. Here are an assortment of books that will make potty training fun and easy!

Literary website,, has put out a list of helpful potty training books for parents in need. All of these titles can be found on our library shelves.

Dinosaur vs. The Potty – Bob Shea
Dinosaur doesn’t need to use the potty. Even when making lemonade, running through the sprinkler, splashing in puddles, playing in the water… But wait, is that a victory dance or something else?

Duck Goes Potty – Michael Dahl
Now that Duck is big, he learns how to use the potty.

Everyone Poops – Taro Gomi
Part biology textbook, part sociological treatise shows how creatures throughout the animal world–including humans–deal with the products of digestion.

Once Upon a Potty (Boy and Girl versions available) – Alona Frankel
Explains in simple text and illustrations why and how a little boy or girl uses a potty.

Potty Animals – Hope Vestergaard
Meet Wilbur, who won’t wash his hands after going potty. Wilma, who waits too long…and sometimes doesn’t make it in time. And Freddie, who’s afraid to flush. These are just a few of the preschool animals who need a little help with their bathroom etiquette!

Potty – Leslie Patricelli
Baby, a toddler, decides to use the potty for the first time.

The Potty Train – David Hochman
Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station.Are you ready? Let’s chug away on the Potty Train!

Uh Oh! Gotta Go! – Bob McGrath
Twenty-seven examples showing a variety of experiences of many different children during the toilet training process.