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“A Death in Harlem” by Karla FC Holloway

With a book in your hands, you can do almost anything. Grab a cookbook and make a meal. Pick up a how-to book and fix a toilet. Take a trip to the past or the future, learn to knit, meet ...

“Count Me In” by Varsha Bajaj

There are a few kids in your class that you usually try to ignore. That’s because they’re kinda mean. They call others names, knock books out of their hands, and say racist or hurtful things. They’re bullies, and you avoid ...

“The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs

You are the Big Kahuna. The Boss, the One in Charge, maker of decisions and teller of things to do. You’re the Big Cheese with all the responsibility and you ain’t bad at it. So how would you do if, ...

“Butterflies on the First Day of School” by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Dream Chen

Your new backpack can’t hold another thing. There are tissues in there, in case you sneeze. Pencils, maybe some crayons for drawing. You have room for a notebook, too, and everything you’ll need to carry for your big day. And ...

“What Set Me Free” by Brian Banks (with Mark Dagostino)

You saw it happen. Every second of it, every sound, it’s burned in your memory. You can recall how it made you feel, how time seemed to slow down, how there was no room for anything else in your mind. ...

“Women with Money” by Jean Chatzky

Find a penny, pick it up. The rest of that little ditty promises luck but whatever. You don’t see a penny as worth much, but how do you perceive money as a whole? In the new book, “Women with Money” ...

“In West Mills” by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

The burden on your shoulders is heavy. Your whole body sags with the weight of things you know but can’t tell, and each new whisper adds to the pack. Secrets you carry are more than you can bear sometimes, which ...

“Going Down Home with Daddy” by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Dan Minter

Getting together with your family this summer is going to be fun! You’ll see your cousins and grandparents, friends and kin, and your aunts and uncles will be there, too. You’ll eat foods you love, play games to win, and ...

Spring Cleaning Book Drive

Crest Hill - To help incarcerated men and women take steps toward a brighter future, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, and state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, are collecting gently used books for donation to correctional facilities in Illinois. “Reading provides ...

“The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander

You wanted it. And you wanted it very much. But, ah, well, you didn’t get it. You worked and you begged and maybe you even saved but you didn’t get what it was that you wanted. You were sad, but ...

Annual book recycling event May 31-June 2

Joliet - Will County's annual three-day book recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31-June 2 at Joliet Park District's Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive. The annual event is sponsored by The ...

“Girl in Black and White” by Jessie Morgan-Owens

Water stains and tattered edges. It was a shame that that happened to the picture you found, though those wounds give it dignity. You have no idea who’s in the snapshot; you just know that someone wanted to remember a ...

“Before We Were Wicked” by Eric Jerome Dickey

They said it would never work. He married up too high. She was a gold-digger and he didn’t realize it yet. She wanted a Daddy figure; he was Mama’s Boy. Neither was good enough for the other, so they said ...

Glory: A life among Legends, gives high praise to former Joliet native, dancer Katherine Dunham

Glory: A Life Among Legends, a Memoir by Dr. Glory Van Scott is a breezily written account of a life that witnessed some of the great moments of the recent past. It is also a deeply personal account of an ...

“Power Up: Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supercharged Body” by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg

You are a really great kid. You can run fast and jump high. You can smile and sing and catch a ball. You might even know how to make a sandwich or help out around the house. You’re pretty awesome ...

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