Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Schizophrenia has had a long, torrid history in the world of mental illness. As a disorder that manifests in a wide range of presentations and is only partially understood, it is also a fascinating peek into the complexity of the …

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Seven Unmissable Books from Molly

From Victorian London horrors to magical realism, here are a few books from Steven Johnson, Shaun Tan, Aimee Bender, Vivian Shaw, Alexander Dumas, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tara Westover that I think are unmissable.

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Moody and atmospheric, this is the type of horror book that seeps into your psyche, leaving you wondering who is controlling whom, and how.

The evil threaded through the novel manifests as both grotesque and obvious, and subtle and pervasive. …

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The Wood Burn Book by Rachel Strauss

Wood burning is an easy and fun way to customize and personalize wooden objects.  I have dabbled in it myself and love the low cost entry point, and versatility. 

The Wood Burn Book is a handy guide for getting started …

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March is National Craft Month!

In 1994, the Craft & Hobby Association created National Craft Month to help people rediscover and learn about the benefits of crafting. Dabble in a fun new hobby, or pull out those trusty old needles/hooks/threads/paints/spatulas for some fresh experimenting. Get …

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On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry explores the strange mysteries of humankind, arcing around and around, circling back to the chance crossing of paths.

The story – and it is a story, collected in poetic fragments – looks both at the great behemoth of …

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Wizard schools may seem like an old trope these days, but Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education puts a new twist on the education of the next generation of magic-wielders.

I enjoyed the pacing and characters in the first of the …

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Anthony Horowitz Mystery Venn Diagram

Mom mom Karen and I each read an Anthony Horowitz novel to compare plot details. Of Magpie Murders, my mom says, “It was decent. I would recommend it to someone I knew likes manor house English murder mysteries.” I …

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New DVDs and Blu-rays Without Holds

A whole bunch of DVDs and Blu-rays have just been processed and are waiting to be delivered right to your door. If you live in Norridge or Harwood Heights, place a hold in the library catalog or by calling 708-867-7828. …

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Right Around the Corner

We’ve been busy processing all the book deliveries that came in during the shutdown. These new books are on their way up to get processed and made ready to be checked out by you.Residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights can …

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Hot off the Presses

We’ve been busy processing all the book deliveries that came in during the shutdown. These new books have just finished getting ready to come hang out with you, and currently have no holds!Residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights can place …

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Beaucoup Fish by Underworld

When I was in college for my undergraduate degree, I had an incredibly tough first year. I would go to the park near my dorm, lie on the grass and stare up at the trees and listen Beaucoup Fish by …

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Animal Tails, Human Tales

Charming animal characters can be a lovely standin for the humanity in all of us. Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad in The Wind and the Willows, our WE ALL READ book selection, express all kinds of human sentiments and …

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Quarantine Quizzes & Puzzles

Get your brain going with a COVID-themed puzzle challenge!

Check back each day this week for a new puzzle, each one harder than the last. Let us know when you’ve solved a puzzle and we’ll add your name to a …

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Sloth Crafts by Ellen Deakin

Craft books usually focus on a material theme, i.e. knitting, paper, beads – but Sloth Crafts uses the sloth image to explore all kinds of media.

Projects range from stunning-yet-simple (like the crepe paper sloth suncatcher) to the more complex …

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Shades of White from Country Living Magazine

If you have never thought of white as a complex color, think again. Shades of White explores the versatility of this timeless color in the home setting. With breathtaking photos of rooms whose only common denominator is the thoughtful use …

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Whimsical Stitches by Lauren Espy

I’m the kind of person who thinks eyes and a smile make any inanimate object instantly adorable and irresistible. If that speaks to you (or your inner child) you will delight in every page of Lauren Espy’s Whimsical Stitches: a

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Woodcraft by Barn the Spoon

Even if you never end up crafting with wood, Woodcraft is one of those books that gets you excited about the possibilities. 

The book starts out exploring how to think about sustainable wood as a resource, the best part of …

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Modern Memory Quilts​ by Suzanne Paquette

Modern Memory Quilts goes beyond a sewing instructional book and looks at the emotional drive behind creating. 

Author Suzanne Paquette stresses the importance of celebrating human stories and connections through the medium of quilt making.  Modern Memory Quilts is …

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