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Wednesday, February 28, 2024  |  9 am – 9 pm

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

Readers’ Advisory

Snowy Days

By: Sarah Kovac, Readers’ Advisory Librarian

Recommendations from Adult Department Assistant Director and Readers’ Advisory Librarian Sarah Kovac. Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May In this memoir, journalist Katherine May faces illness, job loss, and parenting issues all at once. Her pain leads her to explore how difficult phases of life can offer unexpected… Read More

Fall into a Great Series

By: Payton Hughes, Youth Librarian

These bingeable series will have you itching to stop by the library to pick up the next volume! Flora by Molly Idle | Three titles Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks Bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations tell the story of Flora, an ambitious young dancer, in this wordless picture… Read More

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

By: GEPL Staff

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Read titles written by Asian American and Pacific Islander American authors and/or about charaters who are Asian Americans or Pacific Islander Americans. Browse the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage… Read More

Adult Reading Recommendations: Moving Memoirs

By: Brenna Murphy, Readers’ Advisory Librarian

At this spring’s A Human Library event, people will have the chance to “check out” people from all walks of life. Readers can also explore these exceptional accounts and biographies written from personal knowledge or special sources from authors that represent a wide range of unique experiences. Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika… Read More

Adult Reading Recommendations: Spine-Chilling Reads

By: Brenna Murphy, Readers’ Advisory Librarian

Fall is the perfect time of year to curl up with a scary book! From horror to mystery/thriller to nonfiction, these reading suggestions have something for everyone. ​ The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia This retelling of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells is set in the lush jungles of Yucatán, Mexico.… Read More

Character Connections

Reading fiction is delightful for many reasons, but especially because of the connection we often feel to the characters. When I read as a kid, I definitely immersed myself in the friendships in stories. I absolutely felt like an extra member of the Babysitter’s Club when I read those books, and I remember discussing which… Read More

Adult Titles About Kindness and Giving Back

These titles are a reminder of the wonderful things that can happen when we are kind to each other. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede On September 11, 2001, 38 jetliners were forced to land on Newfoundland Island in Canada. In an amazing show of kindness, the… Read More

Your Next Read: Gift Edition

The library's Your Next Read service premiered two years ago, and it’s been a great way for us to provide book suggestions.   The holiday season is upon us, and we want to remind everyone that we’re happy to help with gift suggestions.  If you choose to buy a book instead of borrowing one, that's ok!  Giving… Read More

Youth Book Club Services

There is nothing better than finishing a great book and then finding out that a friend loved it as well. You get to share all your favorite parts, and revisit all the best characters. It’s a bonding experience to discuss books - love them or hate them. It’s just as exciting for kids to share… Read More

Read Diverse Books!

It’s easy to get stuck in a reading rut, falling back on favorite authors and genres. But I believe we can and should challenge ourselves to read outside of our comfort zones. Reading diversely helps us learn about new cultures, consider new perspectives, and gain confidence through exposure to members of our global community who… Read More

Book Club Recommendations

Learn more about book clubs. See what local book groups are reading. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe For Fans of true crime, Irish history, suspense. If you liked I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara or In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. What You Wish For by Katherine Center For fans of uplifting reads,… Read More

Youth Award Nominees: Books for Summer

Just in time for summer reading, we have a fresh selection of  books nominated for three annual awards on display in the Youth Department! There are lots of good choices for every grade, and you’ll have plenty to read all summer long. The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award On the Monarch list, check out… Read More

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