Fall Staff Picks…Part 2


Here are the rest of the Youth Service Staff Picks!

Liz’s Picks…

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead        E STE                                                                  It is autumn and Bear has a story to tell, but all his friends are getting ready for winter. Spring arrives and the friends gather together. Just as Bear is going to tell his story, he forgets it! Together the friends make up a new story.

Product DetailsLullaby Renditions of Adele, 25                             by Baby Rockstar     J CD BABY                                  Enjoy this unique music that is relaxing for babies as well as adults. I love to listen to any Baby Rockstar music CD while I am working!


Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn    J HAH    If you like a good ghost story, this one is for you. A family moves into a new house where, 50 years ago, a young girl about the same age as the daughter was taken and never seen again. Muwahaha!!!!!!



Jen’s Picks…

Edmond, the Moonlit PartyEdmond, The Moonlit Party by Astrid Desbordes      J DES                                                                            They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but with this one, you can and it’s adorable, as is the whole book! Edmond is a scardey squirrel who creates colorful pompom hats and Mr. Owl makes beautiful animal costumes, but they’re both so shy that they may miss out on the lovely moonlit party. Follow along with them on their night of adventure.

Emily and the Mighty Om by Sarah Lolley   E LOL       Someone new moved next door to Emily. His name was Albert and he liked to twist into all kinds of yoga poses on his front lawn and then chant “omm” to relax. One day Albert gets stuck in a very pretzel-like pose. Everyone from the lifeguard to the librarian tries to help him, but only Emily knows the real way to help him.

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan   J SLO                            It’s not easy being short and Julia is quite small for her age. Julia and her brother join the town’s production of The Wizard of Oz, and she is cast as a munchkin. Ugh! Overflowing with a fun cast of characters and perfect for kids who love the theater life, you’ll love watching how Julia grows, not on the outside, but on the inside.

Alissa’s Picks…

Haunted Histories by J.H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters    J 133.122 EVE                                      A perfect read for this spooky time of year. Join “ghostorian” Virgil on a tour through some of the darkest and coolest historical facts. Castles, torture chambers, and ghosts galore make up this fun book for readers with an interest in history, the macabre-or both!

The Happiest Book Ever! by Bob Shea   E SHE            Our author wants to write the happiest book ever, full of dancing cakes, candy parades, whales with good news, and turtles made out of waffles…but a cranky frog keeps grumping up the story. Will getting rid of the frog make the author happy? This is a great story about appreciating kindness, and lots of bonus awesomeness in the illustrations.

Snow White by Matt Phelan      J GN PHE                 This unique take on a well-known fairy tale sets Samantha “Snow” White in New York during the 1920s. Snow gets sent off to boarding school, and when she comes home following her father’s death, her stepmother tries to have her killed, forcing her to flee to an impoverished area where she befriends the Seven. Great artwork and a compelling story make this an excellent find!

Leslie’s Picks…

Ghosts: Truth and Rumors by Lori Shores                 J 133.1 SHO                                                                    Are ghosts real? Do they haunt graveyards, old mansions, and objects? Learn how to hunt for ghosts and find evidence of their existence.



 Diamond Willow by Helen Frost     J FRO                       Diamond Willow is a must-read for independent young girls and dog lovers. Willow lives in a remote Alaskan town and is determined to mush her sled dogs 13 miles to her grandparents’ home. Each page is written in the shape of a diamond and tells the terrifying experience Willow undergoes.


Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage   J M TUR            Mo LoBeau is a spunky soon-to-be sixth grader who loves to solve mysteries. As she works to find her “upstream” mother, she also comes across a mysterious man, a murder, and a hidden treasure. A page-turner of a book!


Fall Staff Picks- Part 1…

It may be time to pick apples….   

And soon it will be time to pick pumpkins… 

But it’s always time to pick a book from the Staff Picks section! 

Each staff member recommends 6-8 books to highlight for you, and the list is printed for you to take along as you look for something new to read.  Only 3 picks from each staff member are listed here, so look for the brochure on the shelf where the picks are located near the computers.

Dana’s Picks…

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loralee Griffin Burns                 J 638.13 BUR                                                    In the mid 2000’s, it was discovered that bees across the country were mysteriously disappearing from their hives. What was happening? Where were they going? Since bees are critical to our ecosystem, a group of beehive detectives decided to investigate. This is the story about that investigation as well as information about bees, beekeepers, and apiary farms.

A Small Thing…but Big by Tony Johnston      E JOH  In this sweet story, Lizzie goes to the park with her mom and meets an elderly man with a dog that Lizzie fears. The elderly man helps Lizzie overcome her fears one step at a time.



The Scourge The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen    J NIE                     A lethal plague known as the Scourge has spread across Keldan and its victims are being sent away. One of those victims, Ani of the River People, doesn’t feel sick. She and her best friend, Weevil, decide to find out the truth- what is really happening to those getting sick and why the people of Keldan are being lied to.

Carolyn’s Picks….

Bon Appetit! by Jessie Child     J GN CHI                        Discover the life of Julia Child in a fun, colorful graphic novel format. Did you know she had size 12 shoes or that she was a spy during WWII? Learn some interesting facts about one of America’s favorite cooks.


Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea   E CAS

This fun Halloween-inspired haiku poetry is sure to get you into the spirit of the season.



The Nest by Kenneth Oppel   J OPP                               Steve wants to help his baby brother and the wasp queen says she can “fix” the baby. What does she mean and what will Steve do? This is a suspenseful tale that floats between dreams and reality.



Sheena’s Picks…

 Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone                         J 508.2 GOL                                                                   When thinking of fall, the first things that come to mind are often pumpkins, football, sweaters, and Halloween; however, autumn offers so much more than that. From how and why the colors of fall come about, what animals do when fall comes around, and even fun fall crafts- this book really showcases exactly why autumn truly is awesome!

I am Drums by Mike Grosso   J GRO                            Sam dreams of making a name for herself as a drummer. However, finances become a challenge when budget cuts are made to her school’s music program, not to mention tight finances at home that are already making for tension at her house. Putting that all aside, she’s determined to not let that stop her from chasing her dreams, even if some people think she’s gone too far.

Kate Middleton by Emily Mahoney  J B MAH    Being a princess is more than just tiaras and fancy gowns. With the glitz and glamour comes a great deal of responsibility, and Kate Middleton has handled it all with grace and class. This book gives good insight into her life before becoming a duchess, the charities that are near and dear to her, and a glimpse into her family life. In a time when it’s hard to find good role models for girls, she fits the bill.



An Apple a Day….

As summer comes to an end and fall is in the air, thoughts turn to things like pumpkins and corn mazes…but let’s not forget about apple picking and apple cider, especially with Johnny Appleseed’s birthday on September 26th! This enjoyable weather is a perfect time to experience the great outdoors with a family adventure.  Below are the links for a few orchards worth the trip!

Apples on Oak is a small orchard just a few miles down the road in Homer Township if you’re looking just to pick some great local varieties.

County Line Orchard is located about an hour east of New Lenox in Hobart, Indiana. Even though this is a little farther away, there are plenty of family fun activities to enjoy.

To the northwest, a little over an hour’s drive in Maple Park, is Kuiper’s Family Farm. This orchard also offers many family friendly activities to make it worth the trip, and I hear they have fantastic apple cider donuts!


What to do with all those apples when you get home?  Parents Magazine has some fun as well as tasty ideas in this article:

The blog Little Bins for Little Hands has ideas for science and STEM activities to try:

Here are a few of our many apple books in the library, some with recipes!

   Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson                          E HOP

  The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree                      by Gail Gibbons  E GIB

 How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World       by Marjorie Priceman  E PRI

  Apples  by Shawndra Shofner                                      J 634.11 SHO

Stop in and see our many other books and resources we have to learn more about apples, fall, and the changing seasons.  And if you’re looking for other outdoor fall experiences, visit the Will County Forest Preserve website for more ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Happy Fall!