We’re getting new cookbooks all the time- this one, Ceviche by Martin Morales, can help spice up your seasonal menus! Try this easy Mango Ceviche from this gorgeous new book for your summer table.


1 large red onion, thinly sliced

2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into 3/4-inch (2 cm) dice

Juice of 4 limes

1/4 tsp salt

1 limo chile, seeded and finely chopped

Leaves from 2 cilantro sprigs, finely chopped


1 Put the red onion in iced water for 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

2 Place the diced mangoes in a bowl and add half the lime juice and salt. Taste for balance and add more of both if necessary; you don’t want it to taste too sour. Add the chile, then drain the onion and add it along with the cilantro leaves.

3 Stir everything gently to combine and then leave in the fridge for 5 minutes to chill and marinate.

4 Serve in individual large glasses or bowls.

"The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Cat’s Cradle


A Man Without A County

More July Staff Picks!

Mike, Security Monitor, chose The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing—and their lives—forever.

Rosie, Youth Services Outreach Assistant, chose A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order.

Maureen, Instruction Librarian, chose No Name in the Street by James Baldwin

This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin’s fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works.  In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early conciousness, the later events that scored his heart with pain—the murders of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, his sojourns in Europe and in Hollywood, and his retum to the American South to confront a violent America face-to-face.

Upcoming Program- 3D Printer Demonstration

Come to the library for our 3D printer demonstration on Saturday, July 19th at 1pm. This event is all ages and will feature a live 3D printer in the library as part of our Summer Tech Fair. Come with questions and see you there!

We’ll be screening Woody Van Dyke’s The Thin Man on Friday, July 19th at 1:30pm with snacks! Enjoy this film as a part of our popular summer mystery film series!

Soon after Dorothy Wynant announces to her inventor father that she plans to marry, he goes on a mysterious business trip, promising to return in time for Dorothy’s wedding. As the day approaches and Wynant fails to return, Dorothy worries, while her mother, Mimi, is frantic that her ex-husband is unavailable to give her and her new husband, Chris Jorgenson, more money. When Mimi goes to see Julia Wolf, Wynant’s mistress, to ask for money, she finds her dead body clutching Wynant’s watch chain.


We’re helping our local comic shop, Defiant Comics, promote their artist signing this week - stop by the shop on Madison Street in Forest Park on Friday, July 18, to meet John Bevins, the artist of the dark, eerie and fabulous Dark Engine!  RSVP through Defiant’s Facebook page to get 10% off the first issue!



We’re helping our local comic shop, Defiant Comics, promote their artist signing this week - stop by the shop on Madison Street in Forest Park on Friday, July 18, to meet John Bevins, the artist of the dark, eerie and fabulous Dark Engine!  RSVP through Defiant’s Facebook page to get 10% off the first issue!


Upcoming Program- Rube Goldberg Machines


A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered or overdone to perform a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction.

We’ll work as a team to come up with a Rube Goldberg contraption of our own. Designed for ages 6+.  Don’t forget to register!

See you there on Thursday, July 17th at 2pm!

Every month we ask our staff what the best book they read recently was, and then we share the answers with you!

Deb, HR Manager chose Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke

On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare—something so important that she must write it down—floating on the edge of her consciousness. It was thirteen years ago that she and her husband, Eric, went to Siberia to adopt the sweet, dark-haired child they had wanted so desperately. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and superstitions, and ignored their insistent warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana—Baby Tatty—was perfect.

Magan, Adult Services Manager chose Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

Diane, Outreach Librarian chose A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

It is 1903, and the world is divided between light and shadow. On the side of light is a wondrous science that has transformed everyday life by harnessing magical energies to ingenious new technologies. But each advance of science has come at the expense of shadow—the traditional realm of the supernatural.