graphic novels

Read Harder 2017: Read a Book With a Character of Color Going on a Spiritual Journey

  After a hiatus, we’re back with the last few Read Harder 2017 challenges!  For this week, the challenge is to “Read a book with a character of color going on a spiritual journey,” as submitted by best-selling author Daniel Jose Older.  (Scroll down the list to see one of his YA novels listed!) The […]

Read More

Read Harder 2017: Frequently Banned or Challenged Book

This week’s Read Harder challenge is sadly, pretty easy to do.  Even in 2017, hundreds of books are banned or challenged in schools and libraries each year, so it’s good to familiarize yourself with the books that other people have found overly controversial.  Take a look at some of these titles: The Absolutely True Diary […]

Read More

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with…the March Trilogy

If you haven’t heard about the March graphic novel trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis, now is the time to put it on your radar.  Lewis was a key figure in the civil rights movements during the 1960’s, participating in lunch counter sit-ins, the March on Washington, and the walk from Selma to Montgomery, and […]

Read More

Staff Favorites of 2016

It’s that magical time of year!  I asked all of the Waukegan Public Library staff members to send me their favorite book(s) of 2016, along with a short blurb about why they liked the book.  (Books did not have to be published in 2016.)  We managed to come up with almost 70 titles that span […]

Read More

Congratulations to the National Book Award Winners!

On Wednesday night, the National Book Foundation handed out its prestigious National Book Award, which was created in 1950 to celebrate the best of American literature.  The four awarded titles were: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (fiction) Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction) […]

Read More