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.


“The regular weekly story hour for children will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday. The Robin Hood cycle of stories is being told now, and children of all ages are enjoying them. The following new books will go into circulation to the children after the story hour:

You Make Your Own Luck, Singmaster
Child Life in Many Lands, Blaisdell
What Katy Did, Coolidge
Story of Robin Hood, Finnemore
Harper’s Book of Little Plays
Book of Nature Myths, Holbrook
Adopting of Rosa Marie, Rankin
Crimson Sweater, Barbour
The Trade Wing, Meigs
Carpenter’s Africa
Good Stories for Great Birthdays
, Olcott
The Grail and the Passing of Arthur, Pyle
When Mother Lets Us Give a Party, Yale
Silver Pennies, Thompson—“You must have a silver penny
to get into Fairyland.”

For the Adults We Have:

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy
Man of the North, Hendryx—“Adventuring for love and gold in the big woods.”
Visitors to Hugo, Rosman—“A story filled with charm, freshness, and gay humor.”
The Fifth Latchkey, Lincoln—“An absorbing mystery story.”
The Merivales, McCutcheon—“One of the most amusing stories ever written by this author.”
Laughing Boy, La Farge—“The author Oliver La Farge is a grandson of the painter, John La Farge, a graduate of Harvard and has specialized in anthropology and archaeology. Laughing Boy is a young warrior of the Navajos. The story centers around him and Slim Girl, their great joy and their tragic separation. But the dream of their happiness does not end.”
Savage Gentlemen, Cole—“The experiences of four years among the wild tribes of the remote islands of the Philippines, living with pigmies and tree dwellers, cannibals and head hunters. The mind and the soul of the savage are revealed in his wars and his hunts, his music and dancing his worship and magic, his barter and farming.”
Animals Looking at You, Eipper—“Because of a fondness for books, Paul Eipper’s grandfather determined that he should be a publisher. After three years, he ran away to Munich to become an animal painter. He is now art director for one of the leading publishing houses in Berlin, and spends all his free time at the Berlin Zoo, or at the Zoological garden in some other city. This is his first book, and it has appeared in ten different languages.”

—Flora G Coen.


Winter Soups

This program will be held on Tuesday January 29th at 1:00pm. Please contact the library to register for our program.

Fill your soul, stomach, and recipe box with great soups during this great afternoon at the Library! Join Susan Maddox to learn some quick and easy recipes to add to your family favorites. We will explore different combinations of flavors and textures sure to please everyone during these cold winter months.

In the meantime, visit our first floor display featuring cookbooks with recipes for soups, as well as meals from your slow cooker and Instant Pot!

50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker – Lynn Alley (641.5884 All)
Alley presents bold combinations for 50 new vegetarian and vegan soup dishes that are as hearty as they are flavorful.

Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution (America’s Test Kitchen) (641.5 Hea)
America’s Test Kitchen had a goal: Create quick and easy slow cooker recipes that are healthy as well as flavorful. It took nearly a year of testing, 1,500 recipes, and $20,000 on groceries to find the finalists!

How to Instant Pot – Daniel Shumski (641.587 Shu)
A guide to understanding the Instant Pot basics and a foodie’s creative collection of over 100 recipes specially crafted to take advantage of the Instant Pot’s many virtues, from cooking perfect risotto in six minutes, no stirring required, to five kinds of yogurt, to creating one-hour killer chili and soups from scratch, using dried beans.

Hungry Girl: Clean & Hungry Obsessed – Lisa Lillien (641.302 Lil)
Keeping in line with the current clean-eating trend, Lillien takes on beloved foods that American are obsessed with – comfort food, junk foods, international favorites, desserts, and more. No food is off-limits and all of them have been re-created, re-vamped, and cleaned up!

Martha Stewart Living’s One Pot (641.5 Ste)
The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation.

Martha Stewart’s Pressure Cooker (641.587 Ste)
Brilliant, delicious recipes–from basics to family feasts–for your pressure cooker or multicooker (think Instant Pot) that will change the way you cook.

Stock the Crock – Phyllis Good (641.5884 Goo)
Brings together the expertise of America’s most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes—each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs.

Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

Mary Jane Oliver was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2007 The New York Times described her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.

Here are a few of her books as well as compilations that her works have been incorporated into. You can find her books (as well as other poetry) in our Adult Non-Fiction collection in the 814’s.

American’s Favorite Poems (edited by Robert Pinsky & Maggie Dietz)
The selections in this anthology were chosen form the personal letters of thousands of Americans who responded to Robert Pinsky’s invitation to write to him about their favorite poems.

Red Bird – Mary Oliver
Overflowing with her keen observation of the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts, for the many people she has loved in her seventy years, as well as for her disobedient dog Percy, Red Bird is a quintessential collection of Oliver’s finest lyrics.

Upstream – Mary Oliver
A collection of essays in which revered poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature.

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.


“Those who have not read “The Americanization of Edward Bok” will find it well worth reading. He recently passed to the Great Beyond, and has left much inspiration behind him—inspiration gained from his sturdy Dutch ancestors. The book is an intimate account of how he became editor of “The Ladies Home Journal,” the work he did and the people he knew. The wonderful singing tower and sanctuary which he built in Florida is a fitting memorial of his efforts to make the world a little better for having lived in it.

Other interesting biographies are:
Henry the Eighth
Disraeli, Maurios
Up the Years from Bloomsbury, Arliss
The Road to the Temple, Glaspell
Skyward, Byrd
Labrador Doctor, Grenfell
Yankee of the Yards, Swift
Count Luckner the Sea Devil, Thomas
Voltaire, Thaddeus

—Flora G. Coen.


February Book Club

(Feb) Girl Waits With Gun
Summary – Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in getting married or domestic affairs, and has isolated herself since a deep family secret forced her and her sisters to flee to the country fifteen years ago. When a powerful factory owner runs down their buggy, a dispute turns into a war as he unleashes his gang on their farm. It turns out that Constance has a knack for outwitting the criminal element that might put her on a new path in life.

Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed reading this book, here are some similar titles that you can find in our library. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs.

Book Club – Girl Waits with Gun is Carol’s book club selection for February Book club will meet on Tuesday February 12th at 2:30pm. Carol leads an open-ended book discussion that everyone is welcome to attend. Copies of the book are available to check out at the Circulation desk. We look forward to seeing you at Book Club!

Mindfulness for Beginners

Our mindfulness program will be held on Thursday January 24th at 7:00pm

Chris George will present an introduction to the principles of mindfulness, including guided sitting, walking meditation, body scan, and mindful communication. Learn tips and resources available to help you bring mindfulness into your daily life. Chris has taught mindfulness for six years at Harper College in Palatine and through his own business, Mindful Leadership Education.

Getting Back to Happy – Marc & Angel Chernoff
This book reveals the authors’ strategies for changing thought patterns and daily habits to bounce back from tough times.

Magical Journey – Katrina Kenison
A book for every woman whose children have grown up, but who’s not done growing herself, in which the author explores the belief that even as old identities are outgrown, new ones begin to beckon.

Practicing the Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart shares the enlightenment he himself experienced after a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life.

Strength in Stillness – Bob Roth
A simple, straightforward exploration of Transcendental Meditation and its benefits from world authority Roth.

The Wisdom of Sundays – Oprah Winfrey
The moments of inspiration that have enlightened millions on Winfrey’s three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a cherished, deeply affecting book.

Waking Up – Sam Harris
Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

Wellness Escapes (Lonely Planet)
Discover the world’s most energizing, inspiring and relaxing well-being retreats. From yoga, t’ai 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.

Michelle Obama’s Favorites

With the popularity of Former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, literary website Book Riot has compiled a list of Mrs. Obama’s favorite book. All of these titles can be found on our library shelves. For more book recommendations, visit http://www.bookriot.com.

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

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

Exit West – Mohsin Tamid
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city.

Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly.

The Light of the World – Elizabeth Alexander
Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance.