Girl-on-Train-Review

As the HOT book right now I was hesitant to read this in the midst of the current fervor, but since I need to know what people are reading, I acquiesced. This is a solid thriller/mystery that lives up to and even surpasses the comparisons to the previous “flavor of the month” thriller, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

What I liked most about The Girl on the Train is the characters and their development. The novel is told mostly from the point-of-view of Rachel, an out-of-work alcoholic whose life has been spinning out of control since her and her ex-husband began having problems (they eventually divorced after he cheated on her). But there are other parts told by two minor characters, Anna and Megan, which gives a deeper insight into not only other characters, but other sides of Rachel. After Megan goes missing, we not only get Rachel’s side of the story, but we hear from Megan herself in chapters that flash back to the time before she vanished. And like Gone Girl, we are left wondering what happened to Megan, or if anything happened to her at all.

Hawkins does a fantastic job of setting the characters up. Rachel’s downward spiral is convincing and seemingly accurate. The ending, though, does lack some intensity (trying to give a thriller a satisfying end is not an easy task), but overall I feel this is a worthwhile read. Is it worth all of the hubbub it’s getting? Well, considering SOME of the books out there, anytime a well-written, entertaining book does well, it’s justified. And this one is both well-written and entertaining enough for any suspense reader.

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Summer-Reading-Club

Now that summer is coming up, school will be out for the next few months and you’ll have plenty of free time to chill. If you find yourself moping around the house with nothing to do, the Niles Library has just the thing to cure summertime boredom: Become a Summer Reading Club volunteer!

Any students entering grades 7 through 12 for Fall 2015 are encouraged to become a volunteer. Why spend a few hours each week helping out at the Library this summer? You get to have fun while helping little kids, and you can also earn service hours while gaining great experience.

In order to become a volunteer, you will have to attend our Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation. There are three different orientations available, of which you only have to attend one. Join us on Saturday, May 30 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm, OR Thursday, July 2 and 7 pm to learn about this year’s Summer Reading Club theme and general guidelines of volunteering. To register for the orientation, click here.

Make this summer fun and worthwhile with the Niles Public Library!

 

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BB-King

The music industry lost a legend with the passing of B.B. King on May 14.  Best-known as an acclaimed blues singer and songwriter, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He was, along with his famous, iconic guitar “Lucille,” named #6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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poetryblog

Local teen and adult poets submitted more than 160 entries to our annual contest. Our panel of judges selected the winners, which are available in printed booklets and on display in the Library. Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us, and congratulations to all of our winners!

Come meet the teen poets and hear their work at our public Poetry Lounge on Saturday, May 16 from 4-6pm. Weston Clark, National Student Poet, will also be joining us as a special guest to help us honor them. Refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome.

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Cuckoo-Review

Because of my inquisitive nature (I guess), I’m always suspicious of bestselling authors attempting to “try something new” under an alias. Romance novelist Nora Roberts writes crime as J.D. Robb. Really? Not making enough money as Nora Roberts? Did Stephen King really have to become Richard Bachman to prove his worth as an author?

Well, when the latest foray into this anonymous world hit book shelves, I was even more suspicious. This time, it was children’s scribe, Harry Potter inventor and millionaire extraordinaire J.K. Rowling writing crime fiction (adult crime fiction, no less) as Robert Galbraith. Rowling has recently (about a year before The Cuckoo’s Calling came out) made a splash in adult fiction with A Casual Vacancy, which was successful. So why use a pseudonym now? Why use a pseudonym at all? And why a male pseudonym?

As I was contemplating all of these questions, basically trying to come up with an excuse NOT to read this book, I started it. I like crime fiction and moderately enjoyed the writing style of Casual Vacancy (though the story there did not hold my interest), so I thought, what the heck?

And guess what? Surprise, surprise – I loved it. Rowling – I mean Galbraith – really shows off her writing chops with this highly engaging, thrilling tale of fashion and celebrities. Her main character, Cormoran Strike, is a character right out of the pages of Dashiell Hammett – hard-nosed, no-nonsense and crusty with a soft streak. Strike, just like Sam Spade, is a PI, but Strike is down-and-out…almost. He takes a case involving the suspicious death of a supermodel, and he not only sees a chance to revitalize his career, but also a chance to gain some high-profile (i.e. RICH) clients. But the case leads Strike places he never thought it would. A must read for crime fiction fans!

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May-Events

The month of May is a pretty cool time to be a teenager. School is almost out, you may be going to prom, and not to mention the fact that warmer weather = more stuff to do with your friends that doesn’t involve a couch and a TV.

But as the school year winds down, things are just heating up here at the Niles Library, and we’ve got some pretty awesome stuff going on in the beginning of May that we think you’ll like.

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9th annual Bloack Party: Before the football game against Georgetown, the 9th annual celebration of creativity features student art exhibitions, music, dance, interactive (free!) arts activities, and delicious food from local restaurants took place

Hey…so remember that Winter Block Party we had all planned out for you back in February that was then canceled due to that Super Bowl Sunday blizzard? Well we’re bringing it back. And this time, it’s going to be better (and warmer) than ever!

Join us here at the Library on Sunday, May 3 for our Spring Block Party! From 2 to 4 pm, you can discover “How to Plan a Niles Neighborhood Block Party” this summer while your family has fun creating crafts, enjoying refreshments, and more. You will also have the opportunity to meet with community organizations that can help you make your block party a memorable one. To register for this event, click here.

Get ready for your best summer yet!

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