August Staff Picks are in! Every month, we share our favorite reads from the last 30 days- all titles you can get from the library.

Rodger, Library Director, chose Blood Brotherhoods by John Dickie

The Sicilian mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy’s only dangerous criminal fraternity. The south of the country hosts two other major mafias: the camorra, from Naples and its hinterland; and the ‘ndrangheta, the mafia from the poor and isolated region of Calabria that has now risen to become the most powerful mob of all. Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Their early history is little known; indeed some of it has been entirely shrouded in myth and silence. Until now.

Susan Farnum, Youth Services Manager, chose The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

Sandy, Circulation Manager, chose Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man’s Land.

Anticipation: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

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Maureen, Instruction Librarian, can’t wait for Margaret Atwood’s new collection of stories, Stone Mattress.

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet’s syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly-formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. And a crime committed long-ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion year old stromatalite.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle – and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

Stone Mattress is released on September 11th, 2014.

Do you have unwanted books cluttering up your home and space? The library is currently accepting donations for our book sale, to be held September 19th through the 21-st. For more information, or to register to volunteer, visit our book sale site, or call the library at 708-366-7171. We can’t wait!

Do you have unwanted books cluttering up your home and space? The library is currently accepting donations for our book sale, to be held September 19th through the 21-st. For more information, or to register to volunteer, visit our book sale site, or call the library at 708-366-7171. We can’t wait!

New Book Club- Senior Moments

Senior Moments if the new book club run and orgnized by librarian Diane! Especially meant for older patrons, Senior Moments’ first book club will meet on Thursday, September 18th at 1pm at the Community Center across from the library. Tell all those you think would be interested as they discuss Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling!

London PI Cormoran Strike’s final feud with his arguably insane fiancée leaves him camping in his office, wondering how his last two clients will keep him afloat and pay for his new secretary, Robin. When a childhood acquaintance asks him to investigate his supermodel sister’s apparent suicide, Strike finds a distraction from his problems that’s happily attached to a check. Lula Landry was surrounded by rabid paparazzi, a drug-addled social circle, a dysfunctional adopted family, and a shifty, newly found birth mother, making suicidal despair hard to dismiss. But with Robin’s surprisingly adept assistance, Strike dismantles witness statements, applying masterful deductive skills to find evidence of murder.

Pick up your copy at the circulation desk today!

Kids & Tablets: Help for Parents

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On August 20th from 7-8pm, we’ll host a workshop for parents to learn about the challenges and values of children’s tablet use. Experience new kid-friendly and educational apps, try new devices, and talk with other families! Parents and kids, bring your own tablets for assistance and questions.

Old House Preservation Workshop

Living in an old house, apartment, or building? Get tips and resources to restore or improve your vintage unit without spending a fortune. Bob Cox, member of the Forest Park Historical Society, old homeowner and preservationist, presents on Tuesday, August 19th at 7pm!

Upcoming Chicagoland Author Events!

Dan Epstein discusses his new book about baseball, Stars and Strikes

1665 W. Fullerton, Chicago, the Liar’s Club

Friday, August 14th at 7pm

Lauren Francis-Sharma discusses her novel, 'Til The Well Runs Dry

1301 E. 57th Street, Chicago, 57th Street Books

Saturday, August 16th at 3pm

Kate Fagan discusses her book, the Reappearing Act

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

Wednesday, August 20th at 7:30pm