Join us for a free screening (with snacks!) of the Monuments Men on Thursday, July 24th at 6:30pm!

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, the film is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Upcoming Author Events

Heather Gudenkauf reads from her novel, Little Mercies

Wednesday, July 16th at 7:30pm

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

Rebecca Rotert discusses her book, Last Night at the Blue Angel

Wednesday, July 16th at 6:30pm

2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago, City Lit Books

Corrine Mucha reads from her graphic novel, Get Over It!

Friday, July 25th at 7pm

1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, Quimby’s Bookstore

Upcoming Program- Grow an Herb Garden!

Join us at the Forest Park Community Garden on Sunday, July 13th at 4pm for a hands on class allowing participants to start their own container herb garden!

We will cover common & unusual herbs, growing tips, culinary uses, and creative ideas for the herb gardener in the urban environment.  Bring your own 12”+ container and you will have an opportunity to start or expand your own kitchen herb garden. We will provide examples, potting soil, and herbs to get you started.

Register online or at the Reference Desk to ensure your space and enter for a prize in the gardener’s raffle!

Join us this Friday, July 11th at 1:30pm for a free screening of John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon, as part of our popular summer mystery film series.

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Snacks will be served!

Our graphic novel collection is bursting with something for every reader- stop by and leaf through our newest additions!

The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff

Deshi, a hapless young man living in northern China, is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brother’s death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition that has many modern adherents. Eligible dead girls are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a young—and single—woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems. The only hitch is that willful, tart-tongued Lily is still very much alive. As Deshi and Lily adventure through a breathtaking mountain landscape, meeting a host of eccentric characters and dangerous adversaries along the way, Deshi just can’t decide whether to kiss the girl or to kill her.

Celeste by INJ Culbard

In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Fearing the worst, he listens intently—but suddenly the caller and everyone else around him disappears. In London, the moment two commuters catch sight of each other on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone around them vanishes. In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the Aokigahara Forest to hang himself. But when the attempt fails and he slides free, the forest comes alive with mythological creatures. Taking us through the empty freeways of Los Angeles, the deserted streets of London, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is an ambitious and profound graphic novel that explores what it means to be alive.

Benson’s Cuckoos by Anouk Ricard

Richard thinks he’s in luck when he snags a job at the cuckoo-clock factory, but things start to go wrong right off the bat. First of all there’s his boss, who doesn’t seem to have the strongest grip on reality and has an odd penchant for silly hats. Then there are his coworkers, who are alternately evasive and idiotic when asked about anything pertaining to actually getting work done. Finally there’s George, the employee Richard’s replacing, who supposedly quit but whose family has just appeared on national TV pleading for his safe return. It’s all adding up to a very strange workplace, and when the company goes on a retreat, everything spools quickly out of control.

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

Summer Grilling Demo! us at the library on Wednesday, July 16th at 7pm for a demonstration on backyard grilling! Master griller Andrew Comens will show us the different between grilling and barbeque, and sample Thai spicy beef, chicken teriyaki, and spicy tangy shrimp.

Registration is required- do so online or at the Reference desk and we’ll see you there!