BREAKING NEWS: Our Author event with Philip Caputo has been canceled

We are very sorry to announce that The Big Read’s Visit with Philip Caputo event scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at Ashton Place in Willowbrook has been cancelled due to the author’s sudden, serious illness. Members of The Big Read libraries wish the best for Caputo and a speedy recovery.

We do thank all of you who have attended the book discussions and programs centered around Caputo’s best-seller, The Longest Road, which will continue through April 30.


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Thank you for joining us for The Big Read!!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Big Read and Kids Read programs this year, and we hope you’ll join us again for the Big Read in 2015.   Thank you to all of the library staff, and also to our patrons, who helped make this such a great Big Read!!

Longest Road

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Road Tripping

Traveling-1Our program on Wednesday (7:00 pm), Roadtripping: 100 Years of Named Highways and Good Roads, might have you in the mood to read some more travel memoirs.   Our libraries have a variety of different kinds of materials, including these:

Just one restless rider: reflections on trains and travel: photographs and essays by Carlos A. Schwantes
Life is a wheel :love, death, etc., and a bike ride across America by Bruce Weber.
The ride of our lives :broadside lessons of an American family by Mike Leonard.
All roads lead to Austen : a yearlong journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith
Hidden cities : travels to the secret corners of the world’s great metropolises : a memoir of urban exploration by Moses Gates

For even more books (and DVDs), please visit any of our libraries and ask our friendly staff!  You may also search our catalogs: Lisle Library and SWAN

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Would you like to learn more about RV travel?

secluded RV campsiteWe have a program coming up on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. at Lisle Library that focuses on what it’s like to travel in an RV.   While it’s not exactly always like traveling with an Airstream, like Philip Caputo did, there are a lot of similarities.   You’ll learn all about it at the program, but our libraries also have plenty of materials if you’d like to learn even more.   Here is just a sampling of what you can find:

Frommer’s exploring America by RV – text and photographs by Shirley Slater & Harry Basch
Good Sam RV travel guide & campground directory : the most comprehensive RV resource ever
RV vacations for dummies by Shirley Slater & Harry Basch
RV retirement : how to travel part-time or full-time in a recreational vehicle by Jane Kenny. 
Trailer Life Magazine (see your library for individual issues)

Ask any of our friendly library staff to show you what we have, or you may check our catalogs:  SWAN and Lisle Library

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Memories of the King

On Sunday, March 30, Downers Grove was treated to a special tribute to Elvis from performer Dave Thomas. You can see more photos from this spectacular show both at The Big Read Facebook page, and our collection of photos here on the website.

Did you go to “Memories of the King,” or any of our Elvis09_medother events? What did you think of our speakers and performers? You can send us any feedback you have about The Big Read 2014 through our feedback form. Just click “Feedback” at the top of the page, and you can let us know what you liked or didn’t like. It’s completely anonymous, and it helps us to plan next year’s Big Read!

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In the mood for some Mexican food?

quesadilla1Our food programs during the Big Read are always really popular, and the Taste of Real Mexico program coming up on Thursday, April 24th, is no exception.   Unfortunately, registration for this program is full.   However, if you’re in the mood for trying your hand at some Mexican cooking, we have plenty of cookbooks that are filled with delicious recipes!     Here are just a few of what we have in our libraries:

Recipes from Mexico by Dana M. Rau
Pati’s Mexican table: the secrets of real Mexican home cooking by Pati Jinich 
Rick Bayless’s Mexican kitchen: capturing the vibrant flavors of a world-class cuisine by Rick Bayless with Deann Groen Bayless and JeanMarie Brownson
Muy bueno : three generations of authentic Mexican flavor, recipes, stories by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack
Tacos, tortas, and tamales : flavors from the griddles, pots, and streetside kitchens of Mexico by Roberto Ro Santibañez
Gran cocina latina :the food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla

We have a wealth of cookbooks; just come in to one of our libraries and ask our friendly staff to show you what we have!

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