What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.

02-14-1930

“This week we have added to our shelves the following old favorites:

Bell—Abroad with the Jimmies.
DeMorgan—It Never Can Happen Again.
Grey—Desert Gold.
Hough—The Mississippi Bubble.
Kingsley—Westward Ho; il. by N. C. Wyeth.
Major—Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall.
Page—In Ole Virginia.
Pidgin—Blennerhassett; a tale of Aaron Burr.
Smith—Felix O’Day.
Stockton—Fanciful Tales.
Stratton—Porter—Laddie.
Stuart—Napoleon Jackson.
Wiggin—Diary of a Goose Girl.
Wiggin—Rose o’the River.”

—Flora G. Coen.

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Local Favorites: February 12th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store can many of them can be found on our library shelves.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Speak to one of our friendly, helpful staff members. We can either put you on hold for an item and notify you when it returns or we can purchase the items for our collection and you’ll be the first to know!

Educated – Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who was kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners – Gretchen Anthony
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husband a truly perfect retirement party. But the event becomes a disaster when, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her.

Little Big Love – Katy Regan
Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth . But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.

More Than Words – Jill Santopolo
Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And her devoted boyfriend feels the same. But when Nina’s father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life in a new light.

The Death & Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.

The Gown – Jennifer Robson
London, 1947: The people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation in spite of the nation’s recent victory. Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin forge an unlikely friendship, but along with their hopes for a brighter future, they are tested for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in creating Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai
In 1985, Yale Tishman is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

The Lost Girls of Paris – Pam Jenoff
One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. She soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Kya Clark was abandoned at age ten. A born naturalist, she took life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. Drawn to two young men from town who were intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opened herself to a new and startling world– until the unthinkable happens. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14th. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Visit our library for a wide variety of books about Valentine’s Day, themed crafts you can make with your kids, or treats you can make to enjoy with others.

All New Crafts for Valentine’s Day – Kathy Ross
Provides instructions for creating a variety of Valentine’s Day crafts, including cards, bookmarks, bracelets, Valentine holders, magnets, and more.

Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day – Normal Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth tells about Clifford’s first Valentine’s Day when he was still a tiny puppy. Clifford goes to the post office with Emily Elizabeth to mail valentines and gets lost in the carts full of letters.

Kylie Jean, Valentine Queen – Marci Peschke
Kylie Jean’s grandparents fiftieth wedding anniversary is on Valentine’s Day, and the whole family is planning a surprise party–but Kylie also wants her class to spread valentine cheer to Oak Manor, the local assisted living facility.

Llama Llama, Be My Valentine – Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama and his classmates celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging unique handmade gifts.

The Valentine Bears – Eve Bunting
Mrs. Bear plans a surprise Valentine’s Day celebration for Mr. Bear despite their usual hibernating habits at that time of year.

Valentine’s Day – Terri Sievert
A brief description of what Valentine’s Day is, how it started, and ways people celebrate this cultural holiday.

What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.

02-07-1930

“We now have for the grownups:

Jenison: Invitation to the Dance. A novel rich in color, movement and charm. Aunt Guddah knew how to live, and though she had none of that indefinable force which men call charm, she did learn to understand life.

Reeve: The Ginger Cat. For those who enjoy a fast moving, exciting tale, but who are becoming a little tired of working overtime on the solution of conventional mystery stories.

For the children we have a few old favorites –

Barbour: Crimson Sweater, a football story.

Munroe: Flamingo Feather; it is in the color by Frank Schoonover. The remarkable adventures of a young boy in the unexplored forests of Florida. An authentic Indian and pioneer story.

Quiller-Couch: Roll Call of Honor. Human sketches of such heroes as John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, David Levingstone, etc.

Stone & Fickett: Everyday life in the Colonies. Contains such interesting chapters as: Dorothy’s hornbook, Soap-Making, Candle-Making, and Telling time without a clock.

Zollinger: Widow O’Callaghan’s boys. A brave little Irish woman’s struggle, amid poverty and trouble, to raise seven sturdy boys, with a bright and glowing philosophy. And to help you with your school work we have Allen’s Africa, Australia and the Islands of the Pacific, and Carpenter’s Africa.”

—Flora G. Coen.

Local Favorites: February 4th

The following titles are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and are available on our library shelves. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask any of our helpful library staff members and we’ll be glad to assist you!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark Sullivan
In 1940’s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich’s most powerful commanders.

Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

Educated – Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Midnight Blue – Simone Van Der Vlugt
Following the sudden death of her husband, Catrin leaves her small village and takes a job as a housekeeper to the successful Van Nulandt merchant family. Madam Van Nulandt passes her time taking expensive painting lessons from a local master, Rembrandt van Rigin, and when Catrin takes up a brush to finish some of her mistress’s work, Rembrandt realizes the maid has genuine talent, and encourages her to continue.

Nine Women, One Dress – Jane L. Rosen
A charming, hilarious romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a “sub-continental divide. These were engineering marvels in their time and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences.

The Gown – Jennifer Robson
London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation in spite of their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their bond, along with their nascent hopes for a brighter future, are tested when they are chosen to create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai
In 1985, Yale Tishman is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself.

Why Religion? – Elaine Pagels
Pagels draws on personal experiences and the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians to illuminate the enduring capacity of faith in explaining and meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century.

What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday

“What We Were Reading” is a look back into the Lake Bluff Library’s history during the 1930’s. Every week the Library published a list of books and events going on in the “Lake Forester” newspaper, similar to how we post here on our blog. This is a fun retrospective as we celebrate our centennial anniversary.

1-31-1930

“Robin Hood story hour on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Children of any age, who enjoy the adventures of Robin Hood, are welcome.

We have “The Matriarch” by G. B. Stern. The play, which is running so successfully at the Princess, was adapted from this book. It is the record of a gay, cosmopolitan Jewish family covering one hundred and thirty years, and ranging from Austria to London. Anastasia Rakonitz is the matriarch of this tribe, whose women rather than its men art the leaders.

The new books placed on the shelves this week are: Lewis, Arrowsmith. The hero is a doctor, whose natural bent for research is constantly checkmated by the necessity for getting up in the world. His wife, an incidental character in the story, is the author’s most natural and delightful creation.

Gruenberg, ed., Guidance of Childhood and Youth. This is a compilation by the Child Study Association of America, and contains the best articles chosen from hundreds of volumes.

Orcutt, Master Makers of the Book; being a consecutive story of the book from a century before the invention of printing through the era of the Doves press.

Smith and Lewis, Chicago: the history of its reputation. Here is not merely the account of Chicago’s history and its extraordinary growth in population, commerce, wealth and public improvements, but the authors have chosen to emphasize the human aspects of the city’s career. Three of these volumes were presented to us by some of our patrons.”

–Flora G. Coen.

 

February New Releases

Fiction

  1. The Atlas of Reds & Blues by Devi Laskar
  2. Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
  3. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
  4. The Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron
  5. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
  6. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  8. Where Reason Ends by Yiyun Li
  9. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

Non-Fiction

  1. 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst
  2. The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Wang
  3. Drug Warrior by Jack Riley
  4. The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson
  5. Grateful American by Gary Sinise
  6. Fraternity by Alexandra Robbins
  7. No Beast So Fierce by Dane Huckelbridge
  8. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Keefe
  9. Socks from Around Norway by Nina Granlund

DVDs and Blue-ray

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Gosnell: America’s Biggest Serial Killer
  3. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  4. The Last Race
  5. Mary Queen of Scots
  6. A Private War
  7. Robin Hood
  8. Shoplifters
  9. A Star is Born
  10. Widows

Music

  1. Can’t Say I Ain’t Country by Florida Georgia Line
  2. Darkest Blues for the Darkest Moments by Various Artists
  3. Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
  4. H.E.R. by H.E.R.
  5. A Symphony of Hits by Michael Bolton

Teen

  1. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  2. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
  3. The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Children’s

  1. Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt
  2. Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs
  3. Wings of Fire 2-The Lost Heir (the Graphic Novel) by Tui Sutherland
  4. Final Battle by Erin Hunter
  5. To Night Owl from Dog Fish by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  6. Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle