Thursday, March 31, 2011

From Paris to Chicago - The Magical Mystery Tour

 From the neighborhoods of Chicago to the stylish districts of Paris, noted mystery authors Cara Black (Murder in Passy) and Libby Fischer Hellmann (Set the Night On Fire) will whisk you away to a world of passion, deception, and suspense at their magical mystery tour program to be held in the Community Room at the Glenview Public Library on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30pm. You'll want to be sure to join us for this exciting author event. Please register through the Library's online calendar or at the the Reader Services Desk in person or by calling  847-729-7500  847-729-7500  x2600.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spotlight on International Fiction: Japan

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
In a first English-language translation of an award-winning work in Japan, a clever mathematics teacher orchestrates a cover-up after a confrontation between a violent man and his terror-stricken ex-wife results in the man's accidental death.

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida
Follows a southern Japanese community's concerned observations of a young construction worker who is charged with murdering an insurance saleswoman.

Kokoro by Soseki Natsume
Haunted by tragic secrets, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt.

Favorites: a novel by Mary Yukari Waters
Feeling like an outsider while visiting her ancestral family in Kyoto, fourteen-year-old Japanese American Sarah Rexford learns a painful secret about how her grandmother was forced to give up a daughter to another branch of the family.

Supermarket by Satoshi Azuchi
After he resigns from his elite banking job to help a cousin manage a supermarket in post-World War II Japan, Kojima is challenged by a woman from his childhood to consider whether his business goals are worth his efforts.

Shot by Both Sides by Meisei Goto
Standing on a Tokyo bridge waiting for a friend, Akaki, a middle-aged Japanese man, indulges in reminiscences that recall his arrival in Tokyo twenty years earlier, his childhood in northern Korea under Japanese rule, and the impact of the trauma of war.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Musicals from Books or Plays

Have you ever wondered where your favorite musical originated? Many musicals began as books or plays and are being performed here in the Chicago area. The Glenview Public Library carries many of the following musicals on CD, DVD and Video. Check out the display in the Audiovisual Room in April.

Broadway Playhouse, Chicago

Working (February 15-May 8)
Music by Stephen Schwartz
Lyrics by Nana Faso
Based on the book by Studs Terkel

Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago

West Side Story (July 19-August 14)
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on idea by Jerome Robbins & Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Chicago Tribune Freedom Center North, Chicago

Peter Pan (April 29-June 19)
Music by Moose Charlap and Jule Styne
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Based on the play by James M. Barrie

Drury Lane, Oak Brook

Aida (March 17-May 29)
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on the opera Aida and the book by Leontyne Price

Sweeney Todd (August 11-October 9)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a version of Sweeney Todd by Christopher Bond

Ford Center/Oriental Theatre, Chicago

Spring Awakening (May 3-May 8)
Music by Duncan Sheib
Lyrics by Steven Sater
Based on the play by Franz Wedekind

Light Opera Works, Evanston

Student Prince (August 18-28)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly

Marriott Lincolnshire

42nd Street (March 30-May 29)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Based on the novel by Brandford Ropes

Friday, March 25, 2011

National Library Week Fiction Reads Featuring Libraries and Librarians

National Library Week (April 10-16, 2011) is an annual event that celebrates our nation's libraries, honors librarians, and appreciates patrons. In honor of this auspicious occasion, here are some popular fiction titles about libraries and librarians:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (2008)
Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume's ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins. Inspired by the true story of the Sarajevo Haggadah, Brooks has imagined a thrilling mystery and a history that has ramifications in our own time.

The Librarian by Larry Beinhart (2004)
University librarian David Goldberg begins a side job as a conservative activist, a position that lands him in hot water with a conspiratorial clique of wealthy right-wingers who want him gone. The plot turns in funny directions and comic as it is, the novel completely engages interest as a thriller from start to finish.

The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCracken (1996)
The story of an unusual friendship between a lonely librarian and an extremely tall young man, and how their growing relationship benefits them both. This National Book Award Finalist is a warm, compelling, and convincing story of the transforming power of love.

In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians by Michael Cart (2002)
This work contains contributions from such major figures as Borges, Cheever, Alice Munro and Ray Bradbury who carry the day here. It is assembled by former librarian, Michael Cart. "The Library of Babel" is the best of the bunch, with its thought-provoking musings on the possibilities of an "infinite" library.

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom (2007)
Israel Armstrong, a new Emerald Isle bookmobile attendant, discovers that the roving library's 15,000 books have disappeared and that he cannot resign from his job until he finds them. Despite his unheroic demeanor, Israel is a champion against bullshit and bureaucracy in the service of books.

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton (2007)
Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenyan village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeney inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education. Hamilton has created a poignant, ennobling, and buoyant tale of risks and rewards, surrender and sacrifice.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
On the surface, Henry and Clare are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art. They are passionately in love and vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil (2001)
\Confronted by both professional and personal crises, reference librarian Alexander Short gains a new lease on life when he meets Henry James Jesson III, who hires him for some research into an enigmatic eighteenth-century inventor. This is a delightfully intricate mystery that offers a thought-provoking meditation on the problem of identity.

The Archivist by Martha Cooley (1998)
A battle of wills between Matt, a careful, orderly archivist for a private university, and Roberta, a determined young poet, over a collection of T. S. Eliot's letters, sealed by bequest until 2019, sparks an unusual friendship and reawakens painful memories of the past. Much of Cooley's unusual novel flows like a psychological thriller.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Political Thrillers

Can’t get enough of politics—try one of these popular fiction titles.

Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Beecher White a young archivist working in the National Archives and his childhood crush accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact a 200 year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington hidden inside a desk chair. Keen to discover why the President is hiding this important national treasure the two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception. Conspiracy and murder that will reveal the most well kept secret of the U.S. Presidency. This fast-paced thriller will keep you reading.

American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Mitt Rapp a student at Syracuse University broods over the tragic deaths of his girlfriend and many other classmates on the bombed Pan Am Flight 103 until he is recruited and trained by the CIA and receives his first assignment; to kill the Turkish arms dealer who sold the bomb that killed his friends. A must read.

Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre
In LeCarre’s latest novel he delves into the world of international money laundering and the Russian mob. Perry Makepiece former Oxford tutor and his girlfriend, lawyer Gail Perkins take a vacation to the beautiful island of Antigua to sharpen their tennis game. Dima aka Dmitri Vladimirovich Krasnov challenges the couple to a tennis match, but he wants much more than a friendly match of tennis. He wants them to help him escape the Russian mob, but his former bosses decide he knows too much.

Athena Project by Brad Thor
A group of female warriors from the nation’s elite counter-terrorism unit deploys on a dangerous international assignment. Their code name is Athena Project. The Athena Project is a program to train and field teams of Special Forces made up of entirely of women. Athena Project’s next assignment is to capture Nino Biachi, a Venetian arms dealer. Then they are sent to the Paraguayan jungle to investigate the WW II era weapon known as the Kammler device; a weapon that has the power to quite literally change the course of civilization.

Run Before the Wind by Stuart Woods
Will Lee runs away from his life of wealth and privilege to spend a quiet summer on the coast of Ireland. What he needs is peace and quiet, but there is no peace on this troubled island. Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on the calm Irish Sea, but an explosion of violence drags Will into a game of terror and revenge. Hatred, rage and deadly secrets send Lee running for his life from a bloody past that is not his own and he will find no sanctuary on the sea.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Have you tried the new library catalog?

It is easy to set up your account and you will need your library card number and your password. Your password is the same password you used with our previous catalog. Enter your library card number and password into the appropriate fields on the right side of the Glenview Bibliocommons home page and you will be taken to the registration screen. You will then be prompted to enter your birth date and then you will be able to select a username.

While it is not necessary to set up an account if you simply want to search for library materials, we recommend that you do this in order to take advantage of the many other functions our new catalog offers such as placing holds, renewing your materials and connecting with the library community.

Once you have registered and are logged in, take a look at the 'My GPL' tab. This is where you can see what you have checked out and renew your materials.

A new feature that you can find under the 'My GPL' tab is called My Shelves. I especially like using the For Later shelf to keep track of books or movies that I want to check out in the future. As you browse the catalog, you can add items to your shelves very easily by clicking on the My Shelves link to the right of the item.

If you are looking for ideas about what to read, watch or listen to next, you should check out the Explore tab. Use the links under this tab to see the newest materials acquired by the library, award winning books, bestsellers and our staff picks.

Bibliocommons also incorporates social media functions that you may have seen at websites like These functions enable you to review library materials, make booklists and connect with other Bibliocommons users.

And last but not least, I want to mention one other feature that I really like about our new catalog. Once you have registered a username, you have the option of signing in with your username or your library card number. I know for me, it is much easier to remember my username as opposed to the 14 digit library card number!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Going Into Labor

In early American history, labor unions were a curiosity rather than a prominent feature, confined largely to skilled trades in big cities and on the railroads. Not until the late 1870s and prosperous 1880s, when political philosophy began to shift toward collectivism and the "progressive era," did national trade unions gain a real foothold. Since labor unions have been at the forefront of our news of late, I thought it would be interesting to search for some good fiction titles that deal with the labor movement in the United States.

Island Walkers by John Bemrose
Living among the other mill workers in the Island, a working-class Ottawa neighborhood, the Walker family faces new challenges as the threat of a mill closure looms.

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary, daughter of a trade unionist, is attracted to Henry Carson, son of a mill owner, but when Henry is murdered and Jem Wilson, Mary's admirer, becomes the chief suspect, she must reexamine her loyalties.

Thunder on the Mountain by David Poyer
A strike against an abusive oil company in Depression-era Pennsylvania threatens to lead to violence as strike leader W.T. Halvorson confronts company owner Daniel Thunner and professional strikebreaker Pearl Deatherage, and CIO organizer Doris Golden arrives on the scene.

Scapegoat by Mary Lee Settle
In the sequel to Know Nothing, set in June of 1912, the possibility of a miners' strike in a small West Virginia town concerns several groups of people.

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
Follows the experiences of a family whose lives mirror the political unrest of an America caught between its well-patterned past and an unpredictable future.

Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina
In the Battle of Blair Mountain, West Virginia, in the early 20th century, coal miners fight for unionization under the leadership of Rondal Lloyd and Carrie Bishop, a nurse who helps him before and after her husband's death.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Forthcoming Fiction for April

Here are some titles coming out this April. You can reserve these by going to our Online Catalog, Bibliocommons, or by calling the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7600!

Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
Once Upon a Time, There Was You: a Novel by Elizabeth Berg
Hiss of Death: a Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
Mobbed: A Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark
I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas
Crunch Time: a Novel of Suspense by Diane Mott Davidson
Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
Knockdown: a Home Repair is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves
Eve by Iris Johansen
Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Judgment by Beverly Lewis
Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz
A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber
Late Edition by Fern Michaels
Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels
Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer
Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry
Quicksilver by Amanda Quick
The Silverboat: a Novel by Luann Rice
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mommy Lit

Trade in those Manolos for the Peg Peregos! "Mommy Lit" is a fun subgenre of chick-lit fiction of single gal meets boy in the city to single gal gets married and has a baby.

Here are some fun reads from authors you may or may not know about already in the Chick-lit genre:

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Part of the popular "Shopaholic" series, Becky's life is perfect, with a job at London's biggest new store, house-hunting with husband Luke, and a baby on the way, until she discovers that her new celebrity obstetrician is Luke's glamorous ex-girlfriend.
Also check out her latest follow-up to the series: Mini-Shopaholic in which her baby, Minnie, is now 2 years old.

Something Blue by Emily Giffin
Her belief in the power of beauty shattered when her fiance dumps her for a plain woman, a pregnant Darcy flees to London and struggles to rebuild her glamorous life before realizing that her past methods no longer work. Follow up to Giffin's Something Borrowed.

The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center
Struggling to deal with an advanced pregnancy and Dean, a fiance who abandons her hours before she goes into labor, Jenny Harris suddenly finds herself coping with the joys and challenges of single motherhood, a handsome and helpful neighbor, and Dean's return, as she confronts a choice between the old life she thought she wanted and the new opportunities of the present.

Gucci Gucci Coo by Sue Margolis
The proprietor of an ultra-chic, hip London baby boutique, Ruby Gold finds her own life thrown into disarray when her fifty-year-old mother announces that she is pregnant and she stumbles onto evidence of a possible shady baby-brokering ring.

Thanks for Nothing Nick Maxwell by Debbie Carbin
A sexy, single twenty-something devoted to looking fabulous and dabbling with and dumping men, Rachel Covington gets more than she had bargained for when she becomes involved with the gorgeous Nick Maxwell, who not only dumps her but leaves her pregnant, as well, forcing her to make some dramatic choices and changes in her life.

Wives of Bath by Wendy Holden
The prospects of new parenthood and birthing class bring together two very different sets of expectant parents--Hugo and his spoiled wife Amanda, who plan to use an expensive private hospital and nurses, and nature lovers Jake and Alice, who have arranged a home-delivery with birthing pool and whale music--in a whimsical social comedy.

After the Rice by Wendy French
Newlywed Megan finds her marriage to Matt compromised by her secret pregnancy, mooching family members, battling mothers-in-law, her college midterms, an infant niece left in her care, and an incontinent terrier.