Thursday, January 26, 2006

Recommended Reading

We’d like to recommend 3 very different books, all entertaining and well worth reading.

The first, Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, is a fast paced, high action mystery thriller set within the Vatican and the streets of Rome. Brown, the author of the extremely popular Da Vinci Code , leads us through the realm of an ancient secret society that intends to destroy the face of the Catholic Church forever. This book effortlessly combines science, religion, history, and murder in such a way as to keep the reader eagerly reading to its final surprising conclusion. Angels and Demons is a highly entertaining, page turning experience.

The next recommended title is The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea. This enchanting book is the story of Teresita, a young Mexican girl in the late 1800’s, who, through the teachings of the village curandera, becomes a miraculous healer. This historical novel is populated with memorable, unique characters and, according to the author, is based on the life of his great aunt Teresita who later became Mexico’s “Saint of Cabora”. Anyone looking for a book that satisfies on many different levels will not want to miss reading The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

Last, but definitely not least is Frank McCourt’s newest contribution to the world of memoirs. This renowned author of Angela’s Ashes and 'Tis has now turned to the telling of his first love in the writing of Teacher Man, the highly entertaining story of his 30 year teaching career in the high schools of New York. McCourt writes of the difficulties and dignities of this largely thankless profession with his usual irreverent wit and sometimes heartbreaking honesty. This book is a tribute to teachers everywhere, and a must read for everyone.

If you've read any of these books or want to make suggestions to other patrons, we invite you to comment here.

-Marilyn Fay
Adult Services

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Website Redesign

Please take a moment to complete this survey about the library website. We're going to launch a brand-new site in August of 2006, and we need your feedback.

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

These just in...

New Titles in the Adult Collection

Click on each title to read reviews and synopses from Amazon.com.

CDs
Gretchen Wilson - All Jacked Up
Michael Buble - It's Time
Faith Hill - Fireflies
Trisha Yearwood - Jasper County
Neil Young - Prairie Wind

Nonfiction
Illinois Gardener's Guide - James A. Fizzell
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2006 edition - Richard Nelson Bolles
Gone To New York - Ian Frazier
Lincoln's Melancholy - Joshua Wolf Shenk

Fiction
Faith for Beginners, A Novel - Aaron Hamburger

Monday, January 09, 2006

We are happy to pass on that Brookfield's return to SWAN was formally approved last Thursday at the Quarterly Meeting of the SWAN membership. In order for our Library to become part of SWAN again, current SWAN participating libraries needed to officially vote on our return. The vote was unanimous! Close to 77 area libraries agreed that Brookfield's coming back was in every library's best interests (especially our's). We're looking forward to getting started on the project with SWAN staff.

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