The Rathbones by Janice Clark

The allure of a story steeped in mystery is the delight in the handling of the reveal. The Rathbones by Janice Clark promises the epic unraveling of ancestral secrets, as perceived through the young protagonist, Mercy Rathbone. It was this …


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Finding Vivian Maier

Nanny. Hoarder. Prolific street photographer.  All of these labels can be used to describe the late Vivian Maier, a formerly unknown artist who is the subject of a fascinating new documentary film by John Maloof, a Chicago-based real estate agent …


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Bus Trip: Garfield Farm Museum

Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. $20.00

Discover America’s prairie farm heritage at the barnyard, and brick tavern of Garfield Farm Museum in La Fox. Experience daily life in the 1840s with costumed interpreters interacting with live …


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Dorothy Must Die

I didn’t know what was Good or Wicked anymore. All I knew was what was right.

Dorothy Must Die is a dark fantasy written by Danielle Paige, derived from the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, by …


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Stories Matter

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken …


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Watch Dogs

In Watch Dogs, you play Aiden Pearce, an anarchist hacktivist who fights criminals, the government, and corporations, primarily using his smart phone.

Ubisoft lets you customize your gameplay – you have missions and there are mini-games but you can


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Stumptown Volume One

Readers of contemporary detective fiction looking to experiment with the world of comics should check out Greg Rucka’s graphic novel series starring Dex Parios, a down-on-her-luck private investigator based in Portland, Oregon. With pitch-perfect, neo-noir, atmospheric art by Matthew Southworth,


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Bus Trip: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. $25.00

120 years after the World’s Columbian Exposition, the Field Museum opens its incredible collection, bringing to life one of the most spectacular events in Chicago’s history. Join us for a …


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Gang Leader for a Day

Frustrated by the sometimes sterile nature of sociological research, Sudhir Venkatesh, a University of Chicago graduate student, went “rogue.”

During the height of the crack epidemic, Venkatesh walked into the Robert Taylor projects to find out what was really going


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The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

The lives of the Los Alamos atomic scientists have been written about in great detail. What TaraShea Nesbit’s novel tries to do is imagine a fictional community that was formed when the families of those scientists converged on a small


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Book Club: The Lowland

Monday, August 04, 2014, 7:00 PM Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 2:00 PM

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month …


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Book Club: The Yellow Birds

Monday, July 07, 2014, 7:00 PM Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 2:00 PM

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a …


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The Chance for Peace Speech

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not


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Bus Trip: The Baha’i Temple

Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:15 AM – 2:15 PM. $20.00

One of only seven Baha’i temples in the world, this unique structure in Wilmette symbolizes unity and invites prayer with its nine sides and exquisite gardens and fountains. A docent …


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Kids are Weird by Jeffrey Brown

“Since you’re here I’m going to wash my hands for real”. This is just one of dozens of those sometimes shockingly truthful things that kids say to their parents, family and total strangers that Jeffrey Brown includes in his latest …


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Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have faced many threats over the years, among them ghouls, ghosts, other vampires, and the U.S. Government. This last threat resurfaces in the latest Night Huntress novel, with a vengeance. Cat and …


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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

At the turn of the twentieth century, a variety of poisons were used by unscrupulous people for everything from personal gain to terrorism. In New York City, forensic science was just being developed, and pioneering scientists fought an uphill battle


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Windhand: Soma

Soma is the gargantuan second album by Richmond, Virginia Doom Metal quintet Windhand who set themselves apart from the pack which represents the genre in a few ways but most noticeably via the utilization of clean, female vocals courtesy of …


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The Whale Warriors by Peter Heller

How far would you be willing to go to preserve a species?

The Whale Warriors are a small group that uses “direct intervention” tactics to deter illegal marine poaching. Their cause is highly politicized with many governments condemning the group.


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