What’s trending, what we suggest for November

Book covers for Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran, A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, and The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

Based on last month’s checkouts, you’re loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. What we suggest If you’ve already read and loved these titles or you’re still waiting on hold for a copy, check out these diverse readalike suggestions curated by our … Read more

America’s 100 best-loved novels: Vote for your favorite

PBS The Great American Read: 1984 by George Orwell, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, A Pray for Owen Meany by John Irving, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo, and Alex Cross Mysteries by James Patterson

UPDATE 10/24/18: The results are in! To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s best-loved novel in The Great American Read. See all the results » Are you reading and watching? PBS’s The Great American Read is an eight-part series celebrating the power of reading and exploring 100 of America’s best-loved novels. Chosen through a … Read more

Stories to reflect all families

Stories for all families

“When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read … they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” —Rudine Sims Bishop, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990) Bridging diversity gaps This spring, a new Children’s Services task force with diverse staff … Read more

Poems to read and share

Staff Discussion at Julian House

The following One View, written by library Deputy Director Jim Madigan, was published in the May 23 edition of the Wednesday Journal.  This past Christmas I was lucky enough to receive A People’s History of Chicago, a collection of poems by Kevin Coval. As I read through the book I found myself wanting to share poems with … Read more

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