Happy New Year! 2017 was a wonderful year and 2018 is about to kick off with a fun Winter Reading Program you won't want to miss. Join us on Saturday, January 20 for a Hawaiian Luau party for all ages. Our friend Aaron Marsala from the NIU Steelpan Ensemble with be here with his own steelpan group to perform a fun and exciting steelpan jam concert! You will want to get up and dance with this one. We will also have beach-themed activities and of course, you can sign up for the Winter Reading Program. Don't miss it!
Stay Warm with a Good Book This January!
Check out the best books of 2017 for some great reading as you tuck in to stay warm this winter.
The extraordinary friendship of an elderly songwriter and the precocious child of his single-parent neighbor is at the heart of this novel that darts back and forth through the decades, from the 1960s to the era of Brexit. (NY Times)
Lee’s stunning novel, her second, chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before World War II to the late 1980s. Exploring central concerns of identity, homeland and belonging, the book announces its ambitions right from the opening sentence: “History has failed us, but no matter.” Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen . ( NY Times)
Even those who think they are familiar with Ulysses S. Grant’s career will learn something from Chernow’s fascinating and comprehensive biography, especially about Grant’s often overlooked achievements as president. What is more, at a time of economic inequality reflecting the 19th century’s Gilded Age and a renewed threat from white-supremacy groups, Chernow reminds us that Grant’s courageous example is more valuable than ever, and in this sense, “Grant” is as much a mirror on our own time as a history lesson.(NY Times)
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