“One of the most subversive institutions in the United States is the public library.”

-bell hooks

Rock My Soul: Black People & Self Esteem

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More August Staff Picks!

Deb in Technical Services chose What Has Become of You by Jan Elizabeth Watson

Vera Lundy, an aspiring crime writer and master of self-deprecation who, like many adults, has survived adolescence but hasn’t entirely overcome it. When she agrees to fill in for a private school English teacher on maternity leave, teaching The Catcher in the Rye to privileged girls, Vera feels in over her head. The students are on edge, too, due to the recent murder of a local girl close to their age. Enter Jensen Willard. At fifteen she’s already a gifted writer but also self-destructive and eerily reminiscent of Vera’s younger self. As the two outcasts forge a tentative bond, a sense of menace enfolds their small New England town. When another student, new to the country, is imperiled by her beliefs, Vera finds herself in the vortex of danger—and suspicion.

Regina, Teen Librarian, chose Beautiful Music For Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

"This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I’m Gabe. Welcome to my show."

My birth name is Elizabeth, but I’m a guy. Gabe. My parents think I’ve gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I’m right. I’ve been a boy my whole life.

When you think about it, I’m like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side—not heard as often, but just as good.

It’s time to let my B side play.

Maureen, Instruction Librarian, chose Can’t & Won’t by Lydia Davis

What does not vary throughout Can’t and Won’t, Lydia Davis’s fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose. Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant. Above all, she is refreshing. Davis writes with bracing candor and slyhumor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patternsof daily life.

Need some quality material to sweeten your holiday weekend? Miss Regina, our award winning Teen Librarian, has a few hot picks to help make the most of your time off!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan
Bioshock Infinite
Reality Boy by A.S. King
and tons more music, video games, movies, books, and TV series! Stop by before the weekend for the best selection!

Need some quality material to sweeten your holiday weekend? Miss Regina, our award winning Teen Librarian, has a few hot picks to help make the most of your time off!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan

Bioshock Infinite

Reality Boy by A.S. King

and tons more music, video games, movies, books, and TV series! Stop by before the weekend for the best selection!

Fall Storytime Sessions are coming soon! The schedule for September 8th through November 26th is as follows:
Family Storytime: Mondays at 10:30
Mother Goose & Babies: Tuesdays at 9:30
Billingual Playgroup: Wednesdays at 10:30
Book Bonanza!: Thursdays at 10:30
Friday-Palooza: Fridays at 10:30
For more information call the Youth Services department at the library at 708-366-7171.

Fall Storytime Sessions are coming soon! The schedule for September 8th through November 26th is as follows:

Family Storytime: Mondays at 10:30

Mother Goose & Babies: Tuesdays at 9:30

Billingual Playgroup: Wednesdays at 10:30

Book Bonanza!: Thursdays at 10:30

Friday-Palooza: Fridays at 10:30

For more information call the Youth Services department at the library at 708-366-7171.

Upcoming Author Events!

Roxane Gay discusses Bad Feminist

Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30pm

5233 N. Clark St., Women & Children First Books, Chicago

D. Bryant Simmons discusses How To Knock A Bravebird From Her Perch

Friday, August 29th at 7:30pm

5233 N. Clark St., Women & Children First Books, Chicago

Peter Brown discusses Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Thursday, September 4th at 6pm

213 W. Institute Place, Open Books, Chicago

Genealogy Bootcamp!

On Sunday, September 7th at 2pm, the library will be hosting genealogy bootcamp! Brush up on your techniques, reinforce your foundation and expand your knowledge of genealogy research. Learn about forms to record findings, how to correctly cite your sources, and conduct a research strategy. Register online or at the reference desk and we’ll see you there!