Love Is in the Air on Sweetest Day!

Books—Sweetest Day is coming up. What better way to spend the day than catching up on stories of star-crossed lovers!

An adventure in fake-dating gone viral is the premise of Take a Hint, Dani Brown. In The Bride Test, Khai’s autism prompts his mom to go to Vietnam and find him a wife. Neurosurgeon Dr. Trisha Raje’s family inserts themselves into her would-be love life in Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors.

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics is replete with a tale of old lovers and sabotage. A tumultuous love affair is brewing in The Girl He Used To Know, where we find Annika, an English major at the U of I, who eventually moves to Chicago to live as a librarian.

In the titular The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, Amy confronts gut-wrenching choices. Things heat up in Red, White & Royal Blue amid a transcontinental secret affair! A small town’s renaissance faire is the setting of Well Met, where Emily and Simon wonder if they will find one another interesting after ditching the costumes and cosplay.

Help yourself to these great finds on Hoopla! A romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist? Check out The A.I. Who Loved Me. Fans of Shall We Dance will be charmed with Finding Your Feet. Find out if a secret relationship is more dangerous than a derby track in Roller Girl. Hoopla and OverDrive downloads are free with your WPLD library card.

Come in to browse for your next romance read during Grab & Go hours or place a hold for pick up in the library or through Curbside Pickup service. Need a suggestion? Stop by, call or email the Adult Services Desk. 630/393-1171 x121 adultservices@warrenvillecom.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Book– The Dutch House is the latest novel by Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth. The Dutch House follows siblings Danny and Maeve Conroy as they navigate a complicated childhood that includes a mysterious, absent mother, a distant but loving father, and a stereotypical evil stepmother straight out of a fairytale. At the center is the “Dutch House,” a beautiful, extravagant, old home where the siblings grew up. The house and the events that transpire reverberate with, and profoundly shape, the siblings’ adulthood.

This is my first Ann Patchett novel. I admire her confidence, which expresses itself in the controlled and well-structured narrative. The Dutch House is not action-packed, but builds its strength on the insights of family, memory, loss and the power of a place. Recommended for fans of contemporary and domestic fiction, The Dutch House is available for digital download, in Large and regular print, and audiobook, narrated by Tom Hanks!

The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth L. Cline

Cover image for The conscious closet : the revolutionary guide to looking good while doing goodBook-  Forget what you knew about clothes. Elizabeth L. Cline’s The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good is an important read for the socially, environmentally and economically-conscious and those aspiring to be. Moved to change my retail-consumption ways, I sought out this book thinking it would help me revamp my wardrobe. I grossly underestimated the author’s breadth of knowledge. My clothes were made in China (these days Bangladesh, Thailand or Vietnam). This didn’t mean much, so I cared even less, because they were cheap and came from that online warehouse or Target. Fabric? Unless it was wool or cashmere, meh. Microplastics in clothing and laundry? What’s to think about? Lots, it turns out.

I realize how embarrassingly uninformed I was about my clothing and the people in faraway places making them, least of all how my ignorance that perpetuated a cycle of wasted (literal watts of) energy, money, and environmental pollution. Cline’s extensive research and statistical data on the garment industry, labor practices and carbon emissions do not overwhelm, or obscure the book’s readability. Quite the contrary, they bolster her credibility.

We are not lectured to, or made feel bad out our previous wayward ways. Cline equips readers with information, such as fashion-conscious companies who source materials ethically and uphold the Support Living Wages pledge. This book will change your perspective on practices you thought were simply ordinary, such as doing your laundry.

Hoopla Audiobooks

HooplaAudiobook-I started listening to audiobooks on Hoopla since I became a member of the Warrenville Public Library District in 2014. Since we are all at home staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, I am listening to my favorite genre romance almost daily. It is easy enough to use headphones when my husband needs quiet for business calls, but materials on Hoopla can also be streamed thru Amazon devices, such as the Firestick or Echo. I found myself watching far too much when the quarantine began and now, I listen in while coloring, painting, woodworking, on walks, relaxing on the deck, or cooking dinner. Hoopla is a great way to get entertainment hands-free; not be stuck to the couch for days on end, and makes it easy to search for your special interest. There is something for everyone. I stick to romances, which is what makes this gal tick.

I recently listened to the Cascadia Wolves, and the Diablo Lake, series by Lauren Dane. Both of the adult-content series include:  magic, werewolves, witches, big cats, alpha men, and romance. If you have little people, consider using headphones while listening.

That Boy by Jillian Dodd is family-friendly, happy, fun romance series of a girl and her neighbor growing up together. The stories reminded me of when I first met my husband.

Materials on Hoopla are available with your Warrenville Public Library Card 24/7!

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Book– One critic described The Other Americans and National Book Award Finalist work as, “the next great American classic.”

Nora, a jazz composer, returns to her small desert town of Mojave, California following the news that her father Driss was killed. She informs Detective Coleman she doesn’t believe his death was an accident. An undocumented witness’s reluctance to come forward causes complications. Maryam, Nora’s mother, still pines for another life, while her sister struggles to keep up the facade of the successful daughter, living the “good” life. Nora’s encounters with former school mates, one a former Iraq War veteran, lead to unexpected consequences.     

Written by Laila Lalami in first-person perspectives The Other Americans is a timely, brilliant novel of fiction and mystery, giving depth and voice to characters as diverse as the people of this country. I am kicking myself for not having read this sooner. You will, too.

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

The Stationery ShopBook-The Stationery Shop is a story of love that blossoms in 1953 Tehran. Roya and Bahman both 17, meet at Mr. Fakhri’s stationery shop, which has much more than paper and writing instruments. The owner stocks foreign language titles and books of poetry & is a refuge from the political unrest in the area. A coup to unseat the newly elected prime minister and give power back to the Shah of Iran causes tension and violence. Bahman is passionate about fighting for democracy and Roya’s father shares a similar political ideology. After meeting in the shop weekly, the couple fall in love and become engaged, despite the fierce displeasure of Bahman’s mother. Soon afterwards, Bahman and his family disappear. Heartbroken, Roya enlists the help of Mr. Fakhri who agrees to exchange letters between the two lovers, though he cannot reveal Bahman’s location. Through their correspondence, the couple decide to elope and meet in Sepah Square. Roya waits, but Bahman never arrives. Further communication reveals that Bahman has agreed to an arranged marriage with another. Having lost the love of her life and through the encouragement of her father, Roya and her sister Zari seize the opportunity for a university education in the United States. Fast forward to Roya at age 77, who is settled in America with an American husband. By chance, she discovers that Bahman is living in a retirement home nearby and decides to confront him. Misunderstandings and secrets are revealed, as the couple attempt to piece together their past.

This is a wonderful, historical story that moves at a leisurely pace. The novel depicts Iranian life in the 1950s, is rich with culture, and is punctuated with references to the comforts of Persian food.

The Stationary Shop is available in print and audiobook for checkout.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Cover image for The Kiss QuotientBook–Looking for an unexpected steamy romance? Look no further than The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

Stella’s experience with numbers led her to financial success. In the dating scene, however, she could use a little help. Stella has Asperger’s, which makes her feel slightly awkward when it comes to French kissing, romance and sex. She acknowledges the need to gain skills in that area and decides that sexy escort, Michael Phan is the best way to get started. Stella hires Michael to teach her how to kiss, along with a checklist of other sexual activities to prepare her for the dating world. She is determined to learn all there is to know, no strings attached, so her best option is a professional who knows exactly what he’s doing.

Stella’s request is very different than most of Michael’s clients, but he takes the job. Both are surprised to discover the partnership that develops between tutor and student. Funny, steamy and everything in between, this is a cute romance I read in one sitting and loved from start to finish.

The Kiss Quotient is available for digital download in eBook or eAudiobook through Hoopla Digital and Overdrive eMediaLibrary.

Do-It-Yourself Storytimes

Do your kids miss listening to books, learning new rhymes, and singing and dancing at Library storytimes? Our Do-It-Yourself Storytimes are the perfect way for parents to help their young children dream themselves into another place in the universe, go on adventures and learn a few new things about the world all from the comfort of home.

  Our DIY Storytimes include themed reading and listening resources from Hoopla, OverDrive, Tumblebooks and other online sites so that the fun and learning can go on, even while our building is closed. The best part for parents? You can share these stories with your kids at a time that’s convenient to you and at your own pace. You can also pick and choose what elements to include based on your child’s interests and comprehension levels.

Here is a list of DIY Storytimes with links to their resources:

Miss Diana’s Toddler Time
Snuggle Up
Rabbits
Art
Dragons
Poetry
Earth Care
Jungle Fun Storytime and Rhyme Time
Under the Sea Storytime and Rhyme Time

More DIY Storytimes are listed under Programs On Demand at warrenville.com. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Services Desk at 630/393-1171 x124 or youthservices@warrenville.com. 

Books on App

Thanks to Goodreads, our Books on App monthly book discussion is the next best thing to meeting at the local tap house to share thoughts on the pick of the month.

Goodreads is a free social media site that allows readers to connect with each other and share book recommendations, ratings and reviews. Each month we will select a book to read and post discussion questions related to the book on Goodreads.

The discussions are open until the end of each month, so you can read the book and contribute to the discussion on your own time. Books are available digitally through Hoopla or OverDrive/Libby with your WPLD library card. Non-members can participate but will need to secure the book through other sources.

All you need to participate in the conversation is a Goodreads account. Once you have created a Goodreads account, search for “WPLD Books on App” or simply follow this link to join: WPLD Books on App. 

Our book for July is Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Get more information about Books on App in our Events Calendar. Find Coraline in our catalog.

Make Books on App a part of your summer reading adventure—in July and August you can add these titles to your reading logs and participate in our Read for a Cause summer reading event.

August’s Books on App selection is Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt.

We hope to see you in Goodreads!

Rick Riordan Presents

Books – Calling all Percy Jackson fans! Are you ready to try a new mythological adventure? Rick Riordan has an imprint of books labeled “Rick Riordan Presents” highlighting great middle grade books based on culture and mythology from around the world.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Hindu Mythology- Aru makes a dangerous mistake trying to impress her classmates and releases an ancient evil into the world. Aru journeys to find the legendary Pandava brothers; the only ones who can stop it!

The Storm Runner

Mayan Mythology- Zane has always been drawn to hiking the local dormant volcano, despite the challenges he faces having only one good leg. Little does he know, the volcano is actually an entrance to another world, where he has much more power than he realizes.

Dragon Pearl

Korean Mythology- Min wants nothing more than to join the space forces and explore worlds, but she must hide her inherited fox magic. Her brother mysteriously disappears, bringing her face to face with ghosts, pirates and magic.

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

Cuban Mythology- How did a chicken get into Yasmany’s locker?! Travel through time and space with Sal and Gabi, as they try to avoid breaking the universe!

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

African Mythology- After Tristan accidentally punches a hole into the Midpass, he joins African American gods in a dangerous battle and barters with the trickster, Anansi.

Race to the Sun

Navajo Mythology- When Nizhoni’s dad sends her a message that says “Run!”, she must connect with her Navajo heritage on a rescue mission, against the ancient monsters after completing dangerous trials based in nature.

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona- available in August 2020!