Beginning June 1st, library staff will be in the building taking phone calls from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Saturday
Materials may now be returned in the drive-up book drops accessible from Wilson Avenue

Mon – Thur: 9am to 9pm | Fri – Sat: 9am to 5pm | Sun: 1pm to 5pm
4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 | 708-867-7828
Mon – Thur: 9am to 9pm
Fri – Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm to 5pm
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 9am to 9pm | Fri – Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm to 5pm

Dawn by Octavia Butler

This book is one of the most unusual works of literature that I have ever read. There are multiple layers to unpack, while reading. It explores not only what it would be like to be involved in an alien “abduction” so to speak, but also what it means to be human.

At times, I must admit, it was very uncomfortable to read. There were a lot of parts that were disturbing, and some parts that were downright terrifying.

The characters (especially the main character, Lilith) are believable. Lilith is a well-rounded and complex human going through one of the most unfathomable occurrences imaginable. Following her thought process throughout is intensely intriguing. Lilith is faced with a lot of dilemmas that simply do not have good solutions, and observing her mental gymnastics and profound confusion around these situations is fascinating. The alien characters are also incredibly well thought out, from their physical descriptions, to their personalities.

The world building is excellent, in spite of the incredibly complex alien setting. There were several times where I had to sit back and try to envision what was being described, but I was always able to do so, with minimal effort.

This book will sit with me for a long time. There is a lot to think about and consider. Despite the fact that it was published 33 years ago, at no point did it feel like I was reading a dated piece of literature. The tone, setting, and views of the main character were very timeless, and were beautifully spun into a complex narrative. I plan to finish the entire Lilith’s Brood series, which contains two more novels, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.

Book | Overdrive Ebook

Categories: Adults and Blog.

Dawn by Octavia Butler

This book is one of the most unusual works of literature that I have ever read. There are multiple layers to unpack, while reading. It explores not only what it would be like to be involved in an alien “abduction” so to speak, but also what it means to be human.

At times, I must admit, it was very uncomfortable to read. There were a lot of parts that were disturbing, and some parts that were downright terrifying.

The characters (especially the main character, Lilith) are believable. Lilith is a well-rounded and complex human going through one of the most unfathomable occurrences imaginable. Following her thought process throughout is intensely intriguing. Lilith is faced with a lot of dilemmas that simply do not have good solutions, and observing her mental gymnastics and profound confusion around these situations is fascinating. The alien characters are also incredibly well thought out, from their physical descriptions, to their personalities.

The world building is excellent, in spite of the incredibly complex alien setting. There were several times where I had to sit back and try to envision what was being described, but I was always able to do so, with minimal effort.

This book will sit with me for a long time. There is a lot to think about and consider. Despite the fact that it was published 33 years ago, at no point did it feel like I was reading a dated piece of literature. The tone, setting, and views of the main character were very timeless, and were beautifully spun into a complex narrative. I plan to finish the entire Lilith’s Brood series, which contains two more novels, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.

Book | Overdrive Ebook

Categories: Adults and Blog.