Staff Picks

August 2019

Titans: Season 1

This is a live-action DC Universe show that follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes finding their way. Dick Grayson (Robin), Kory Anders (Starfire), Rachel Roth (Raven), Gar Logan (Beast Boy) and many other well-loved characters show up in this version. It’s much darker and grittier than the CW shows and recent DC movies. It’s definitely worth binge watching if you’re a Superhero fan. The final episode will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for Season 2.

Recommended by:  Erin Faxel, Teen Librarian

Posted in: Movies/TV

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

A funny yet heartbreaking story of an unconventional single woman who chooses to isolate and has a bizarre relationship with her mother (“mummy”) who pressures her to find Prince Charming.  However,  she meets a poorly dressed coworker, Raymond,  with manners below her standards, who brings Eleanor out of her shell and together they help a man who had an accident and is in poor health.  Eleanor becomes closer to Raymond, and realizes that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.  This captivating book will make you laugh yet emotional!

Recommended by:  Deborah Oedzes, Reference Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction

The Most Fun We Ever Had

by Claire Lombardo

Wonderfully complex, well written debut novel by an author who was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. Joyful and sad at the same time! Highly recommend!

Recommended by: Carol Maresh, Cataloger II

Posted in: Adult Fiction

The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge

by Charlie Lovett

Years after the conversion of Scrooge, Marley comes to Scrooge for Help. Marley wants Scrooge to come up with a plan to help him shed his chains, so that he can rest in peace. With the help of the three ghost that once visited Scrooge. They set out to help Marley.

Recommended by: Holly Balasa, Youth Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Wicked Autumn

by G.M. Malliet

Max Tudor a retired MI5 agent, has adapted well to his post as vicar of St.  Edwold’s . All is well in the idyllic village of Nether Monkship until a woman is found dead. Max’s training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

Recommended by: Holly Balasa, Youth Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from over the rainbow

by Peter Guzzardi

What a pleasant surprise to find this gem of a book.   As a long time fan of the 1939 MGM production of the Wizard of Oz and Frank L. Baum, I dove right in.  Guzzardi gleans pearls of wisdom from the actions of our beloved cast.  Lessons of compassion and understanding are hidden just beneath the surface.   MGM dedicated their classic movie to the young at heart and to those who faithfully return to it again and again.  This book is for anyone who loves the book as much as the movie and who is eager to spend even more time with it.

Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd has a problem. His kite is stuck in a tree!  His solution?  Throw a bunch of other things up there to get it unstuck, of course.  Other things include: the family car, an orangutan, a duck, and the kitchen sink.  Have a few laughs and find out if his plan works!

Recommended by: Stephanie Thomas, Preschool Services Coordinator

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms E-I-E-I-Grow!

by Susan Lendroth

Written to the tune of Old McDonald, children read and sing as they learn about urban farms, composting, rooftop gardens and beekeeping. Added bonus—Chicago is a featured city!

Recommended by: Stephanie Thomas, Preschool Services Coordinator

Posted in: Youth Fiction

July 2019

Uncommon Type: some stories

by Tom Hanks

This is a delightful book! This book is made up of a bunch of short stories that keep you turning the page. As you go from story to story you will find you run into familiar characters. Hanks takes you back to characters from a previous story to share another moment/event in their lives. This book made me laugh, made me emotional, and inspired me. This is a must read!

Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Reference Librarian 

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction

Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

Follow the intertwined lives of Madeline, Celeste and Jane as they deal with and try to conceal struggles within each of their own lives:  domestic abuse, bullying, infidelity and murder.  Although addressing social and moral issues that are hot button topics of today, author Liane Moriarty uses well-placed humor, sharp language, and insightful scenes to make this the page turning book of the summer.

If you enjoyed the book, check out a DVD or Blu-Ray copy of HBO’s Big Little Lies, Season One, an award-winning limited series available at the Orland Park Public Library.

Recommended by: Mary Adamowski, Assistant Library Director

Posted in: Adult Fiction

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