December 8th, 2015

News & Updates
Congratulations to the Class of '16 on receiving their rings and surviving their death-defying walk-on-stilts down the auditorium aisles.

Remember, if you are participating in Read for a Lifetime and are trying to earn that special commendation from the State of Illinois, you must read 4 of the approved books (featured in the LRC to the right of the main desk) by April 1, 2016. 

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YouTube Pick of the Week

Dr. Brené Brown is an academic and bestselling author on topics including courage, vulnerability, and shame. Here is a segment from a lecture she delivered on empathy, animated by the Royal Society for the Arts.


The Penderwicks (2005) by Jeanne Birdsall

Call Number:  FIC Birdsall
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A National Book Award winner, this modern classic is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager.

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will-won't they? One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.
-- Goodreads

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Silence (1954) by Shusaku Endo

Call Number: FIC Endo
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Silence is a novel of historical fiction by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

Written mostly in the form of a letter by its central character, the theme of a silent God who accompanies a believer in adversity was greatly influenced by the Catholic Endo's experience of religious discrimination in Japan, racism in France and debilitating tuberculosis.
-- Goodreads

"In my opinion one of the finest novels of our time" --Graham Greene

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Produced by the creators of the successful podcast This American Life , this podcast broke all the records when it was released in October 2014. Host Sarah Koenig investigates the 1999 murder of 18-year old Hae Min Lee and the subsequent arrest and conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. The questions of this suspenseful, gripping podcast--did Adnan actually do it?

"Listen to this podcast NOW!" --Mr. Apo

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