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Books We Are Excited About / Ways To Discover Upcoming Books

Readers’ Advisor Jo Hansen joins Nate to talk about a handful of great books coming out over the next few months. Jo also shares ways you can subscribe to library newsletters so you won’t miss out on other interesting books coming soon. Mentioned in this episode Inland by Téa Obreht The Water Dancer by…


Update on the Aspen Drive Library Expansion

Library Director David Archer returns to give us an update on the 15,000 square foot addition to the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills. Dave reviews the most exciting features coming to the library, how construction is coming along, and what we can expect in the coming months. He answers a few questions and concerns…


Authors Out Loud: Suzanne Slade on writing Children’s Nonfiction

Children’s librarian Melissa Phillips interviews Suzanne Slade, a prolific author whose recent picture book, Astronaut Annie, is literally out of this world. Learn about what goes into the creation of a children’s non-fiction book (hint: lots and lots of research in some fascinating places!). SHOW NOTES: Suzanne Slade’s website Suzanne Slade’s books held by Cook…


“Be A Voter” – a guide to the April 2nd local election

On April 2nd, a little over a week away, you have the opportunity to vote for all things local in the general consolidated election. We’re talking about positions like village trustees, library boards, school boards, and local referendums. For the election, Cook Library created Be A Voter!, a one-stop shop for election-related information specifically designed…


The Past is Present: 3 Women of Libertyville

It is Women’s History Month and when it comes to Libertyville history there is no shortage of inspiring women who have lived and served in this town to make it what it is today. Our local history librarian Jenny Barry is back for a special edition of The Past is Present, highlighting 3 such women.…


The Year in Film (2018) / Oscars Recap

For the 4th year in a row, AV Librarian Becky King comes onto the podcast to talk about the Academy Awards ceremony. Nate and Becky discuss the night’s biggest moments, plus share a few 2018 movies not mentioned during the awards but that you definitely don’t want to miss. Find out what movies to catch…


Up Lit Adult Winter Reading Club

If this cold winter is starting to feel like it was last forever, we’ve got a suggestion for something to give you a bit of that hygge feeling until spring shows its face. Join our Up Lit Adult Winter Reading Club and find some uplifting and heartwarming titles to get you through the last few…


Our Favorite Books of 2018

Jo is back on the podcast to help us review the year 2018 in books. She shares highlights from our annual Favorite Fiction/Nonfiction booklets now available online and at the Reference Desk. We talk about the titles that topped the national best-of lists along with the unique reads our staff couldn’t stop raving about. This…


Authors Out Loud: Jenn Segal – Once Upon A Chef

Jennifer Segal is the classically trained chef and busy mom behind Once Upon A Chef, a popular cooking blog where she uses tips and tricks learned in culinary school to create tested and perfected recipes for the often hectic family life. This year Jenn made the transition from cooking blogger to cookbook author with the Once…


Bookies Recommend: Fall Reads

What better way to spend a chilly, blustery day than with a good read (and maybe a warm drink)? Andrea stops by to share five titles that she recommends for this fall. Titles mentioned: Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg November Road by Lou Berney (read Jo’s review here) Washington Black by…


Authors Out Loud: Juliet McDaniel – Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

Mr. & Mrs. American Pie is “riotously funny with a surprising amount of heart” according to Erica who interviews McDaniel about her debut novel already in the works to be adapted for television. Their conversation touches on a wide variety of topics including 80’s beauty pageants, the challenges and tricks to writing good child characters, and…


Great American Reads: Brooke reads Ghost

Aspen Drive Library Manager Brooke Bahnsen talks about reading Jason Reynolds’ award-winning youth fiction novel Ghost as part of PBS’s The Great American Read. We talk about why this contemporary book series written for junior high readers deserves to be recognized, the enjoyment of reading youth literature as an adult, and the benefits of reading diverse perspectives…


Great American Reads: Jo reads A Prayer for Owen Meany

Popular Services Librarian Jo Hansen shares her thoughts on John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, a novel she read for the first time as part of PBS’s The Great American Read. We talk about why she selected this novel out of the 100 finalists, her favorite Owen Meany quotes, and why it should be…


The 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley aficionado Emily Stensloff joins us on the podcast to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication. We talk about Shelley’s life, her feminist/anarchist upbringing, the differences between Frankenstein the novel and the idea of Frankenstein in popular culture, and why this 1818 book is Emily’s all-time favorite. Check out Frankenstein from the library…


Locally Sourced: Chris from My Flavor It! Place talks about The Devil in the White City

In Locally Sourced we ask local business owners to talk about an influential or special book they’ve read. Chris Hamel is one of the owners of the new ice cream and Hawaiian shaved ice shop in Libertyville – My Flavor It! Place. Chris stopped by the library to talk about a favorite book with a…


Bookies Recommend: Beach Reads

We’re in the full swing of summer and for anybody still looking for that great beach read, we’ve got you covered! Andrea joins us to talk about must-read titles from five different genres, each with its own appeal. The titles Andrea recommends in this episode are: Gale Force by Owen Laukkanen Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce…


Authors Out Loud: Catherine Price on How To Break Up with Your Phone

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price joins us on the podcast for a conversation on smartphone addiction. A growing number of smartphone users are starting to notice their phone usage has evolved into something problematic. Price’s new book is a practical guide to help acknowledge addictive smartphone behavior and develop healthier relationships with our devices. We discuss…


The Past is Present: The forgotten influence of Samuel Insull

Chances are you’ve never heard of Samuel Insull, but his fingerprints are all over Libertyville. Stick around this town long enough and you will surely use a building or service with a history that can be drawn back to Mr. Insull. He was like a living Monopoly Man with his hands in utilities, railroads, schools,…


National Library Week – What does a librarian do?

This second week in April is National Library Week – a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. For a special National Library Week podcast episode we interviewed some of our own librarians about what a day on the job looks like and also…


Book Pick: Educated by Tara Westover

Susie, Andrea, and Nate recommend a powerful new memoir. They try to put into words why the book had such an impact on each of them. Read Andrea’s original Educated blog post on Shelf Life. Check out Educated from the library