Friday, May 27, 2016

Welcome to Summer: Romance Is in the Air

Some folks treat the Memorial Day Weekend as if it is the first weekend of the summer. Perhaps it is, since summer seems to be so short a season in our area. So enjoy the restful time off and start reading those summer romances now.

A Summer Seduction by Candace Camp

When Damaris Howard, a beautiful woman surrounded by scandal who sparks his interest, is kidnapped from the London streets, Alec Stafford, the Earl of Rowden, faces a dangerous plot as he works to rescue her. Historical romance.

Summer at Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth

Recently divorced Shelby takes a summer job cooking at a dude ranch in the hopes that the country will help her troubled daughter, and finds herself tempted to stay longer when she falls for the head wrangler, Foster. Contemporary romance.

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Desperate to save her family from ruin, Annabelle Peyton plans to use her beauty and wit to marry a wealthy aristocrat, but her plans are undermined by the intriguing Simon Hunt, who offers seduction but not marriage. Historical romance.

Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart

When Lucy Sinclair returns home to St. Dennis to plan a celebrity wedding, she reconnects with Clay Madison, her best childhood friend, and finds friendship deepening into love as she tries to overcome a past tragedy. Contemporary romance.

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

After losing her job in a high-end celebrity salon in San Diego, courtesy of an unethical boss, cosmetologist Lily Danville is back in the Rockies at Cedar Ridge to take a temporary job at the local ski resort's spa. But the guilty memory of her sister's tragic mountain climbing death and Lily's own feelings for firefighter Aidan Kincaid, whom her sister adored, make staying impossible. Yet Aidan is determined to change her mind. Contemporary romance.

Have a lovely "first" summer weekend and enjoy a good book!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

If You Liked Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Are you looking forward to seeing Me Before You by JoJo Moyes on the big screen this June?  Looking for books that might give you that feel-good tingle?  Check out these great reads!

Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman

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Two women from Lighthouse Bay, Australia, separated by one hundred years of history, learn that letting go of the past is the best way to move forward.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

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Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it's the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning--even though it's the second of May--a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm.

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

During the last moments of calm in prewar Prague, Lenka, a young art student, and Josef, who is studying medicine, fall in love. With the promise of a better future, they marry--only to have their dreams shattered by the imminent Nazi invasion. Like so many others, they are torn apart by the currents of war.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

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A young man with a dark, destructive past has his plans to remain single challenged by a hardworking lawyer. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

B.C. -- Before Caitlyn

Before Caitlyn Jenner brought the subject of transgender people to the forefront of social media, the news, and every gossip magazine published, there were books and stories already written about what is like to be a transgendered person.  Here are just a few of the amazing fiction books we have at Glenview Public Library that will warm your heart about the struggles and triumphs transgender people go through every day.  For real-life memoirs, please look at our non-fiction books.

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

Freakboy by Kristen Clark
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father's decision to dress as a woman. 

Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Sixteen-year-old Elle falls in love with Frank, the neighbor who helps her adjust to being on her own in a big city, but learning that he is transgendered turns her world upside-down.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Movies @ the Library

There's three chances to catch a move in the month of May here at the library, including our second screening of "Tuesday Night at the Movies: Little Movies, Big Stories". Here's the line-up, mark your calendars and we'll see you @ the movies.

Spotlight (128min/R/2015)
Sunday, May 15, 1:30 PM
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The Big Short (130min/R/2015)
Friday, May 20, 2 & 6:30 PM
Four outsiders in the world of high finance predicted the credit and housing collapse of the mid-2000s, taking on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. A serious, complicated subject approached with an impressive attention to detail.

Iris (79 min/PG-13/2014)
Tuesday, May 24, 7-8:30 PM
Legendary 87-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles portrays Iris Apfel, a quick-witted 93-year-old outsized presence on the New York fashion scene. A true American character.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mom and a movie

This mother's day, order in and treat your mom to a movie on a nice big comfy couch. I am one of the few, who prefers to watch a movie from the comfort of my own home. No stress waiting in lines for loud overpriced brunches, just nice and quiet. Here is a short list of mom-themed movies. Enjoy!

Steel Magnolias
The Guilt Trip
Then She Found Me
I Don't Know How She Does It
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Angela's Ashes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FREE Audiobooks for Teens from SYNC!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads per week--pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

The program runs for 15 weeks, from May 5th to August 17th and the audiobooks will change each week. The first week's free downloads are Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle and The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Goodchild.

The schedule for the entire summer is here. Each pair of titles will be available for download for 1 week only, but after you have downloaded the titles, they will remain on your device until you delete them.

Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at You will need to have the OverDrive app installed on your device or computer to download and listen to titles, but that's all there is to it!

Happy Listening!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Broadway Lights in Chicago - Spring/Summer

Bank of America Theatre, Chicago
Book of Mormon - June 29-August 14
A religious satire musical with book, lyrics and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. (First performance - March 24, 2011) 
Cadillac Palace, Chicago
Chicago - May 10-15
American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. (First performance - June 3, 1975)
Musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. (First performance - April 18, 1994)
Sound of Music - June 7-19
Musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Cruise.  It is based on the memoir Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.  (First performance - November 16, 1959)
Drury Lane, Oakbrook
Hazel - March 31-May 29
Musical based on the classic comic strips by Ted Kelly, and the subsequent 1960's TV show.  Music by Ron Abel and lyrics by Chuck Steffan.  (First performance - April 6, 2016)
Light Opera Works, Evanston
My Fair Lady - June 4-12
Musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.  (First performance - February 15, 1956)
Mame - August 20-28
Musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.  Adapted from Auntie Mame.  (First performance - May 24, 1966)
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire
Evita - April 13-June 5
Musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.  It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Peron.  (First performance - June 21, 1978)
Man of La Mancha - June 22-August 16
Musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh. (First performance - November 22, 1965)
Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Disney's Newsies - July 28-August 7
Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.  (First performance - September 25, 2011)