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Recommendations

See what La Grange Public Library staff members have to recommend.


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Stoner Stoner

by John Williams

A poor Missouri farm boy gets an unexpected opportunity to attend college to study agriculture; when he discovers that his passion is really literature, he turns away from the family farm to become a professor of English literature. William Stoner faces many challenges in his life, both professional and personal, but strives to remain ethical and to live his life with dignity. A beautifully… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services May 22, 2017
The Disenchantments The Disenchantments

by Nina LaCour

Bev and Colby have always planned to tour Europe with their band after high school graduation. But when Bev shocks Colby with the news that she’s going to college instead, their friendship is strained. They still have summer gigs to play, so they load up the van and try to make the best of their final tour despite the road bumps on the way.

Young Adult Recommended by Young Adult May 22, 2017
Who Wins? Who Wins?

by Clay Swartz

Let’s say Charles Dickens challenges Mother Teresa to a lightsaber duel—they’re both equally fit, so will his superior artistry overcome her advantage in bravery and leadership? Or, who would sell the most Girl Scout cookies- Mark Twain or Mother Teresa? This book lets you pit 100 historical figures against one another in 50 unusual challenges. You decide the outcome, based on… Continue

Youth Services Recommended by Youth Services May 22, 2017
Nightlights Nightlights

by Lorena Alvarez

Lorena Alvarez might be one of my new favorite illustrators! Sandy loves to draw, often daydreaming and scribbling in class when she should be paying attention to Sister Dolores. One afternoon, Sandy meets a mysterious new girl named Morfie who admires her artwork. But things take a darker turn when Sandy realizes that Morfie isn’t what she appears to be and nobody else can see her. The… Continue

Youth Services Recommended by Youth Services May 17, 2017
Now You See It: Stories from Cokesville, PA Now You See It: Stories from Cokesville, PA

by Bathsheba Monk

The linked stories, set between the late 1940s and mid-1990s, illuminate the lives of various residents of Cokesville, home of steel and coal industries. Many characters recur, particularly young Annie Kusiak and her friend, beautiful Theresa Gojuk, who moves to Hollywood and becomes the mildly successful “Tess Randall”. Most young people dream of leaving the blue collar community,… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 23, 2017
Princeless: Save Yourself Princeless: Save Yourself

by Jeremy Whitley

This might be my new favorite graphic novel series! Adrienne is far from your stereotypical princess. Instead of waiting for a prince to show up and rescue her from her locked tower, she takes matters into her own hands and escapes, embarking on a journey to rescue her siblings. Dressed in practical armor and able to wield a sword as well as the boys, Princess Adrienne is a refreshing heroine!… Continue

Youth Services Recommended by Youth Services February 23, 2017
Why'd They Wear That? Why'd They Wear That?

by Sarah Albee

Fashion As The Mirror Of History

Have you ever looked back in history and asked yourself, “Why did they wear that?” Clothing seems to be a reflection of the times. The clothing we wear sends a message to everyone that sees us. Read this book and find out why people wore lavish gowns and wigs in the 18th century. Why did woman wear metal hoops in their skirts and cinch their waist with corsets? How did knights relieve… Continue

Youth Services Recommended by Youth Services January 05, 2017
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Fighting Voldemort was nothing compared to raising a teenager and Harry, now a dad, has his hands full. This new Harry Potter book is the script of the new stage play currently playing in London. There's lots of wand waving and all your favorite characters.

Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Coordinator, August 08, 2016
Lynda.com Lynda.com

Free Online Classes

Take an online class at Lynda.com. Everything from computer software to taking better photos.

Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Coordinator, April 21, 2016
Home By Nightfall Home By Nightfall

by Charles Finch

Home by Nightfall is the ninth book in the Charles Lenox detective series. Charles and his brother Edmund return to their hometown of Sussex after Edmund’s wife unexpectedly passes away. Back in London, Charles’ detective colleagues follow a case involving a missing German pianist. We got a special treat in La Grange in November, when author Charles Finch held a book signing at… Continue

Rebecca Bartlett Recommended by Rebecca Bartlett Head of Technical Services, March 30, 2016
Deep Blue Deep Blue

by Randy Wayne White

Biologist-spy Doc Ford is back at it again in my favorite Florida location, Sanibel Island. This time, he’s going after cyber terrorist Julian Solo and his father Winslow Shepherd. Julian is sending drones to spy on Dinkin’s Bay and its eccentric residents, but mostly on Doc Ford. Author White throws in a reference to the new Doc Ford’s restaurant he’s building on… Continue

Rebecca Bartlett Recommended by Rebecca Bartlett Head of Technical Services, March 30, 2016
The Nest The Nest

by Kenneth Oppel

A talking queen wasp encourages a young boy named Steve to help her “fix” his sick baby brother. When Steve first talks to the queen he is relieved that someone is going to help his family. But does the queen really have the baby’s best interest at heart? This is strange tale of a young boy fighting to protect his family from scary forces. Good for readers who also like… Continue

Lisa Sharkey Recommended by Lisa Sharkey Young Adult Librarian, March 30, 2016
Maker Kits

Now available in Youth Services

Did you know that you can check out one of our 12 Maker Kits to work on while in the library? We have make-your own handheld catapults, Rainbow Looms, Geoboards, and create your own pop-up circuit cards—just to name a few! Stop by the Youth Services desk to check them out today!

Rachael Dabkey Recommended by Rachael Dabkey Youth Services Associate, March 30, 2016
littleBits®

Now available in Youth Services

littleBits® are electronic “blocks” that snap together with magnets. You can create circuits complete with light, sound, or a fan. They are available for in-library use at the Youth Services desk. Come and check them out!

Rachael Dabkey Recommended by Rachael Dabkey Youth Services Associate, March 30, 2016
ROKU ROKU

Stream Netflix

We have 3 circulating devices which will turn your television into a smart TV. It connects either by an HDMI or AV cable (provided). You must have an internet connection in your home. Access dozens of TV shows and movies, or stream Netflix directly to your TV. Check out at the Patron Services desk.

Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Coordinator, March 30, 2016
Eight Hundred Grapes Eight Hundred Grapes

by Laura Dave

Did you know it takes 800 grapes to make a bottle of wine? This book will transport you to the vineyards with a great little love story mixed in!

Leslie Hartoonian Recommended by Leslie Hartoonian Head of Patron Services, March 30, 2016