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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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding …

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The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado

Can anything good happen in a town called Shudder-To-Think?

For El and Octavia, the Pennsylvanian mining town is all they’ve ever known. They’ve done their best to hang out, have crushes, and be as normal as they can while the …

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Throwback Thursday: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

It’s Throwback Thursday! Forty-five years ago this month, Tom Robbins’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was published.

The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all “bursting with dimples and hormones”—and the FBI has …

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Virtual Bring Your Own Book Club

Friday, May 21, 3:30 PM.

Our BYO Book Club is going back online! Have a favorite book or two (or four) you'd like to share with fellow readers and librarians? Drop into our virtual book club to tell us about them!

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Virtual Anonymous Teen Writers Group

Every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

Writers in grades 7 - 12 are invited to join in on a Zoom video chat for some socializing, discussion, and, of course, writing! Share your poems and stories in a supportive space or listen to others read.

Join the live chat at or phone in at 312-626-6799. Meeting ID: 724 545 079.

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Color-By-Day Calendar

May 01-31. For Ages 12 and under.

Pick up your kit starting April 19th to color your way through May. This color by number art project is a fun way to celebrate Spring for all skill levels.

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BYO Book Club Recommendations

At the last meeting of the Bring Your Own Book Club, a bunch of book lovers chatted about the books we’ve all been reading lately. Looks like we’ll be doing it again on April 23rd, if you’d like to …

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Kiddieland Remembered

Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 PM.

After 80 years, Kiddieland, the beloved amusement park in Melrose Park, closed in 2009. Take a trip down memory lane in a video chat with Cheryl Brown as she explores local history through photos, videos, and stories, including the sale of the rides and where they are now.

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Family Fun Night Trivia Challenge

Wednesday, May 19, 6:00 PM. For families with children 12 and under.

Gather the family together for a spring trivia game night. Which family will answer the most questions correctly? Play will be more fun with two devices per family.

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Crochet-a-Long: Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket

Wednesdays, March 03 - July 28, 3:00 PM.

Each Wednesday this spring and into the summer, we will be learning a new Tunisian crochet stitch as we work on a weekly block for the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

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The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Unfortunately for high school graduate Becky Farwell, her family circumstances prevent her from leaving her small central Illinois farm town to attend college.

While working in the business offices of the local government she discovers a seemingly harmless accounting error. …

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Beach Read by Emily Henry

January Anderson is out of money, out of her long-term relationship, and rage-grieving her dead dad when she pulls up to the beach house on Lake Michigan. This is the cottage her father left for her after his sudden death, …

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Family Storytime

Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 AM.

Storytimes offer great opportunities for kids and families to learn and have fun. Family Storytime is designed for children of all ages and interests. You may request a Storytime Kit with items that can be used with all of our storytimes. Please note that each child can only receive this kit once.

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Pen & Ink Writers Group

Monday, May 17, 7:00 PM.

The Pen and Ink Writers Group gathers on the third Monday of each month to read short stories, poems or essays, all inspired by a common theme. Build up your writing skills through practice, presentation and positive critique.

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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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Ya’ll Read? Teen Subscription Box

Answer a couple of questions about your favorite Young Adult reading experiences and, every month, we’ll custom-select a book we’re sure you’ll enjoy. We’ll throw in a few bookish surprises too.

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Saffron and Cardamom: Exploring Iran’s Rich Culture Through its Food

Saturday, May 15, 2:00 PM.

Persian cuisine, with its display of beautiful colors and aromas, is gaining popularity in the West. Jacqueline Saper examine Iran's rich culture and history through its food. Learn about dishes made for holiday celebrations and religious ceremonies and explore Persian foods' health benefits by taking a virtual bazaar tour.​​​

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