What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday


05-16-1930“Under the Greenwood tree,
Who loves to lie with me,
And tune his merry note
Unto the sweet bird’s throat,
Come hither, come hither, come hither!”

Are you going vacationing this summer time? Why note tuck “As You Like It” in your baggage before you leave, and have something to read during a quiet hour. Or perhaps you prefer a few titles from the “Modern Library.” Or maybe some books from the fiction shelves, such as The Broad Highway by Jeffery Faruol; The Rover by Joseph Conrad; Silas Bradford’s Boy by Joseph C. Lincoln; or This Strange Adventure by Mary Roberts Rinehart.


And of course you’ll want something for the children. A book of folklore, animal stories, or tales of adventure.

Come in and let us help you pick out an assortment to take with you.

We have special privileges to extend you in the way of renewing your books. Ask us to explain the vacation plan to you.– Flora G. Coen


Women’s Health Week (May 12th-18th)

During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. Here are some books you can find in our library about a variety of women’s oriented health and wellness strategies.

Brain Body Diet – Sara Gottfried, M.D.
New York Times bestselling author and Harvard-MIT educated women’s health expert, Sara Gottfried, M.D., delivers a revolutionary program to prevent and reverse the myriad symptoms and diseases that result from an unhealthy connection between the brain and the body

Feeding You Lies – Vani Hari
Hari blows the lid off the lies we’ve been fed about the food we eat–lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science we base our food choices on.

Food, Health, and Happiness – Oprah Winfrey
With dishes created and prepared alongside her favorite chefs, paired with personal essays and memories from Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen) of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world

In This Together – Ann Romney
In this heartfelt memoir, Ann Romney, former First Lady of Massachusetts, will talk candidly about her journey with multiple sclerosis.

Our Bodies, Ourselves (Boston Women’s Health Book Collective)
This updated edition contains vital new information on such issues as the HPV vaccine, changes in the healthcare system, cosmetic surgery, violence against women, healthcare activism in the twenty-first century, and much more.

The Healing Power of Essential Oils – Eric Zielinski, D.C.
A soup-to-nuts guide to mastering essential oils for vibrant health and well-being, featuring dozens of recipes and formulations for restful sleep, reduced inflammation, balanced hormones, and more

The Longevity Book – Cameron Diaz
Actress Cameron Diaz opens a conversation with her peers on a topic that that for too long has been taboo in our society: the aging female body. She shares the latest scientific research on how and why we age, synthesizing insights from top medical experts with her own thoughts, opinions, and experiences.

Wellness Escapes (Lonely Planet)
Discover the world’s most energizing, inspiring and relaxing well-being retreats. From yoga, tai chi and meditation to mindfulness, spa treatments and creative writing, we present our favorite retreats and spas around the world to help replenish the mind, body and soul

What We Were Reading #ThrowBackThursday


Increase in Activities at Lake Bluff Library

05-09-1930 clipping“May 1st is the closing of Lake Bluff’s fiscal year, and at this time the yearly records of the library are computed and a copy of the year’s activities is filed with the American Library Association. Many of these items are very interesting to the public.

The library is ope only 13 hours a week, and on 254 days the past year. Books circulated for home use numbered 12,332. This is an increase of 881 over the previous year. 7.081 of these books were issued to adults and 5,251 to children. One-fourth of the total books issued were non-fiction. There were 853 volumes mended in the library and 32 sent to a bindery.

419 books were added to our collection during the year, in comparison with 504 last year.

71 requests were sent to the Library Extension Division at Springfield to borrow certain books or information on subjects which our collection does not contain. 462 reference questions were answered from our own books. There were 518 overdue and reserve postals sent out.

Complete re-registration of members has taken place during the year. 368 cards were issued to adults and 166 to children.

During the winter there were 21 story hours, with an attendance of 568 children.”

Folling is the financial statement for the year (1929-1930):

Taxes $1861.87
Men. Fees $2.00
Fines $172.60
Rentals $141.50
Other Sources $61.07

Books $501.36
Periodicals $22.50
Binding $20.60
Salary $747.50
Janitress $41.50
Rent $495.00
Light $14.75
Repairs $2.75
Supplies $37.32
Postage $10.35
Other Expenses $196.12

Balance from Income $81.28
–Flora G. Coen, Librarian


Goodreads Top Sci-Fi

Here are some of Goodreads top picks in the science-fiction genre that you can find in our library. Goodreads is a website that allows you to read book reviews, make lists of books you enjoy or would recommend, and connect with fellow readers (family and friends too!) to share your love of reading.

1984 – George Orwell
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry, her brother Charles and their friend Calvin become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon
Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. If she were truly a monster, she’d be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.

Binti: The Complete Trilogy – Nnedi Okorafor
Binti’s dream is to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family’s concerns, Binti’s talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey. But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti’s spaceship, leaving her the only survivor.

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cipher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold.

Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey
When Captain Jim Holden’s ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.

Warcross – Marie Lu
When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire

May the 4th Be With You!

May 4th, better known as Star Wars Day, celebrates George Lucas’ Star Wars. The date was chosen based on the catchphrase “May the force be with you”. Even though the holiday was not created by Lucas, his production company Lucasfilm has embraced the celebration of Star Wars on May 4th.

A New Hope
Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and two robots work together to rescue the princess and restore justice in the Empire.

Attack of the Clones
Ten years after the events of Phantom menace, Senator Padme Amidala survives an assassination attempt. The Jedi Council send Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to protect her. After tracking the assassin, Obi-Wan is sent to Kamino to continue investigating while Anakin is sent with Amidala to Naboo, where they begin to fall in love.

Return of the Jedi
As the rebel leaders map their strategy for an attack on the Emperor’s new Death Star, Han Solo remains frozen and imprisoned in the desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave.

Revenge of the Sith
Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive powers of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker turns his back on the Jedi, thus completing his journey to the dark side and his transformation into Darth Vadar.

Rogue One
In a period of great conflict, a group of unlikely heroes, led by daring fugitive Jyn Erso and rebel spy Cassian Andor, band together for a desperate mission to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction, the Death Star.

Years before he met Luke and Leia, before he helped overthrow the Emperor, Han Solo started where all heroes start: at the bottom.

The Empire Strikes Back
Luke Skywalker seeks out the mysterious jedi master Yoda while Han Solo and Princess Leia outrun the Imperial fleet en route to Cloud City.

The Force Awakens
As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.

The Last Jedi
Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

The Phantom Menace
As imminent conflict brews between the powerful Trade Federation and the peaceful planet of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to Naboo to warn the Queen of the galactic fallout which is to follow.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s goal is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illness and those who suffer from depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and suicide. Mental Health Awareness Month also brings attention to reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Here are some books you can find in our library that relate to mental illness.

Are U OK? – Kari Morton
Walks readers through the most common questions about mental health and the process of getting help — from finding the best therapist to navigating harmful and toxic relationships and everything in between.

Because We Are Bad – Lily Bailey
As a child, Lily knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied on her friends. Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it ruled her life.

Behind Happy Faces – Ross Szabo
Popular speaker Szabo’s guide helps young people to address their problems, and aids adults in understanding them as well.

Best Self – Mike Bayer
Bayer has helped everyone from pop stars to business executives to people just like you discover the freedom to be their best selves. By asking them and leading them to ask themselves a series of important but tough questions

Insane – Alisa Roth
An expose of the mental-health crisis in America’s courts and prisons reveals that nearly half of the nation’s inmates are actually afflicted by a psychiatric problem, examines how inmates are denied treatment, and suggests a more humane approach.

Little Panic – Amanda Stern
Stern’s darkly funny memoir is at once a love letter to 1970-80s New York City, a coming-of-age story of an anxious, unusually perceptive child, and a window into adult life and relationships lived on the razor’s edge of panic.

On Edge – Andrea Petersen
A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders.

Out Came the Sun – Mariel Hemingway
A moving, compelling memoir about growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America’s most famous families: the Hemingways.

The Last Asylum – Barbara Taylor
In the late 70’s, Taylor began to suffer from severe anxiety. In the following years, her struggles were severe enough to be admitted to England’s largest psychiatric institution, the infamous Friern Mental Hospital in North London.

What Made Maddy Run – Kate Fagan
A sports journalist relates the story of Ivy League freshman and track star Maddy Holleran, who seemingly had it all and succeeded at everything she tried, but who secretly grappled with mental illness before taking her own life during the spring semester.

Harry Potter Day (May 2nd)

Harry Potter Day (also known as The Battle of Hogwarts) was created in memorial to the importance of the day Harry defeated the Dark Lord. In the popular book series by J.K. Rowling, the epic battle takes place on May 2, 1998 in the early hours of the day. The Battle of Hogwarts is the final battle in the seventh book, where Voldemort and his Death-eaters come to the Hogwarts school after you-know-who discovers Harry has been destroying Horcruxes.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Young wizard-in-training Harry Potter prepares for a competition between Hogwarts School of Magic and two rival schools, develops a crush on Cho Chang, and wishes above all to be a normal fourteen-year-old.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents’ deaths.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains valuable insights into the boy Voldemort once was, even as his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
At a time when the forces of evil seem to be gaining the upper hand, Harry comes of age in the wizarding world, and must take on and defeat Voldemort–or be killed himself.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
As Harry faces his upcoming fifth year at Hogwarts Academy, there are increasing rumors of dark times coming and of Lord Voldemort’s return to power, and a secret anti-Voldemort society, The Order of the Phoenix, begins meeting again.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.