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 

Books Turned Into Movies/TV

Book Riot released a list of 100 Books that have been adapted for TV and movies. Some are new and some are old, including fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. Here are just a few (along with many others) that you can find in the library’s collection.

For the complete list, visit

12 Years a Slave – Solomon Northrup
This unforgettable memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family – a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep south.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
The luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet, Malachy does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first true novel, when he came to consider War and Peace to be more than a novel. The character of Anna was likely inspired by Maria Hartung, the elder daughter of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Soon after meeting her at dinner, Tolstoy began reading Pushkin’s prose and once had a fleeting daydream of “a bare exquisite aristocratic elbow”, which proved to be the first intimation of Anna’s character.

Atonement – Ian McEwan
On a hot summer day in 1935, Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives brings about a crime that will change all their lives.

Beloved – Toni Morrison
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

The BFG – Roald Dahl
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
A brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx
Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they’re working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation.


Local Favorites: May 22, 2017

The following books are current best-sellers this week at the Lake Forest Book Store and can be found at the library:

Fabio’s 30 Minute Italian – Fabio Vivani
Dinner doesn’t have to be daunting. In half an hour or less you can cook up an Italian meal at home like a professional chef. In this case, just like Top Chef star Fabio Viviani. Infused with his warmth and humor, this book brings Fabio into your kitchen.

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.

Windfall – Jennifer E. Smith
Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

Saints for All Occasions – J. Courtney Sullivan
Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister. Theresa is gregarious. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan – a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand.

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.

The Nix – Nathan Hill
It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country.

Beartown – Frederik Backman
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

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.

Shattered – Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign–the candidate herself.

Beyond the Bright Sea – Lauren Wolk
Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.