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Poetry Workshop

Monday, February 27 6–8:30 p.m. Calling all poets! Bring ten copies of one or two of your own poems to read aloud and discuss. This program is presented [...] Continue…

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Book Reviews

A Trace of Smoke
Rebecca Cantrell
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This well-written historical novel had me hooked from the first chapter. The novel boasts strong character development along with a fast paced and suspenseful story line. It presents a look into the personal life of prominent Nazi soldiers and Nazi Germany that is not often depicted. Though this novel is fiction, it weaves enough nonfiction facts into the story, to make it very easy for the reader to forget it is fiction and take what is being read as fact. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in crime/murder mysteries and Nazi Germany. I look forward to the continuing story with her next novel.


Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission
Simon Roy
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This space opera graphic novel flirts with the avant-garde to display what could be the variety and methods of life within space and its effect on humanity.  It also sports a beautiful grapic style that excels on paper that might falter stylistically in other mediums of art.  If Star Trek and the Wizard of Oz had a baby, it would look like the Prophet series. Look for it in Hoopla.


Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution
Brian Kenny
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It’s hard to believe Kenny needed to write this book considering Moneyball was published in 2003. Baseball is however, a game of tradition and old traditions die hard.  Kenny sets out to demystify the value of analytical thinking in baseball while identifying a new and revolutionary approach to today’s game.

– Sean

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Neil Postman
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Don’t look too hard at the original publication date on this book, it is as relevant today as it was back in the eighties.  It chronicles the beginning of a variety of issues brought about by the recent and fairly large strides in technology.  But the real cynical question that the author asks is what malicious ideology will hoist our collective petard if we do not cure our social ailments: the totalitarian might of Orwell or the sensory numbing ideals of Huxley?

– Dan

Trigger Warning
Neil Gaiman
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Published in 2015, Trigger Warning is the third collection of short stories from writer Neil Gaiman. The book is comprised of traditional short stories (including fantasy, horror, science fiction, and more), a few fairy tales, a story in verse, and a new story written especially for this collection. Fans of Neil Gaiman, and short story lovers in general, are sure to enjoy this book of diverse literary styles. An added experience is listening to the audiobook, read by Gaiman himself.

– Denise

Gaston Dorren
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Despite the extensive linguistic study of most European languages, many details still remain misunderstood or even unknown. Dorren’s book takes a fun look at some of the lesser known European tongues like Kalmyk or Manx, as well as the main players. Each quick chapter focuses on a specific language or language family. Not too dense, the book lays out European linguistic diversity in an accessible manner and ties in important historical causes of linguistic change. Check out an interview with author here:

– Hubbell

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for that great new read? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend novels. Whether you’re looking for new authors like your old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our RA staff is here to help. They run reading groups and book discussions to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.



Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Fantasy

dan c


Favorite Genres:
Primary Source Historical Texts, Horror

denise kDenise
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Graphic Novels
 heidi gHeidi
Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Fairy Tales


Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Women’s Literature

jean cJean
Favorite Genres:
Romantic Suspense, Scifi-fantasy
jean j_finalJean
Favorite Genres:
Books about animals that lose their hats, Mysteries
john bJohn
Favorite Genres:
Alternate History Fiction, Suspense
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction

kandice kKandice

Favorite Genres:
Chick Lit, Suspense, and Mysteries

Favorite Genres:
Animal fiction

lesley cLesley

Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Audiobooks, History


Favorite Genres:
Historical Fiction, Psychological Thrillers


nancy gNancy
Favorite Genres:
Literary Fiction, Regional American History


Favorite Genres:
True-life biographies, Non-fiction