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Spooky Reads for Teens

Looking for your next great book to read? Here's a tantalizing mix of new titles offering chills and thrills, perfect reading for this time of year. So, give one of these a try--if you dare. Don't see anything you like? Ask one of our librarians for a recommendation or try this list: Teens' Top Ten...

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Announcing...the winners of the 2014 Paint-a-Pumpkin contest!

58 crafty kids decorated pumpkins for our 2014 Paint-a-Pumpkin contest. Visitors at the Main Library voted for their favorite pumpkin during the week of October 20 - 26. After tallying over 300 ballots, we are pleased to announce this year's winners. In the Grades K-2 category, Kalani K. takes top...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

11-year-old Violet feels like an outsider in both her hometown and in her own family. Violet's father, who died before she was born, was African-American; her mom and half-sister are white. With her dark hair and skin, Violet doesn't look anything like her mother, half-sister, neighbors, or...

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It's Teen Read Week

So, Happy Teen Read Week! What exactly is Teen Read Week? That's a great question. It's an annual initiative celebrated in October in libraries across the country to encourage teens to read, visit, and use libraries often.  In the spirit of Teen Read Week, here are just four of many services...

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Picture Book Review: Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Sophie meets Bernice at the farmers' market, she knows she's found a forever-friend. There's just one catch: Bernice is a squash. As autumn turns to winter, Bernice begins to change--and Sophie finds a creative way to let their friendship grow. Gentle humor and lots of charm make Sophie's...

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Accelerate Your Job Search

Looking for a job? Needing to expand your software skills? We can help!  Access our premium resources to help with your resume, cover letter, and interview. Make sure you have your Palatine library card to get started. Our great resources can help you research companies you want to work for...

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Fiction Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is a dazzling work of literary fiction. The novel opens with the death of Arthur Leander, a Hollywood actor, who dies onstage during a production of King Lear in Toronto. A few hours later the world as we know it begins to crumble as a virulent strain of the flu begins to cull the...

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Youth Fiction Review: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Like any respectable cowboy, Leroy Ninker has a hat, boots, and a lasso--the only thing he's missing is a horse. But all of that changes when Leroy decides to take fate in his hands, wrestle it to the ground, and find his dream horse. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up is the first book in a charming new...

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Teen Fiction Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

14-year-old Laurel is struggling. She's starting high school, and she isn't sure who she is or who she wants to be--and her whole world has been turned upside-down. Her beloved older sister, May, has died unexpectedly; her parents' marriage has disintegrated; and her mom has "temporarily" moved to...

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Non-Fiction Book Review: The invisible bridge: the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein

Perlstein’s latest doorstopper is an authoritative account of the rise of the conservative right during the mid-1970s. The subtitle of the book sums up its focus: the fall of Richard Nixon and the rise of Ronald Reagan. The book opens in 1973 and traces the major events of the year: the Watergate...

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