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Celebrate one of the best weeks of the year with us – National Library Week!

The theme for this annual recognition, which runs from April 4-10 this year, is "Welcome to Your Library," promoting the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use our services.

Our librarians have created a list of library-related reads help show you all the things your Library has to offer!

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The Midnight Library (2014)

by Kazuno Kohara

Ever wonder what might go on at night in the library's children's department? The Midnight Library, a picture book by Kazuno Kohara, is a fun-filled romp where squirrel, wolf and tortoise create quite a stir in the normally quiet library. – Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian

Raiders of the Lost Archives (2021)

by Michael Dahl

Secrets of the Library of Doom by Michael Dahl, is a young reader's series featuring the powerful Librarian who guards the collection of deadly books against evil monsters and villains who are trying to destroy the library. 

Dead Letters, The Book that Ate Me and Don't Read This! are some of the engaging titles featured in this series. – Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian

Little Libraries, Big Heroes (2019)

by Miranda Paul

Perhaps you've seen one in your neighborhood. The Little Free Library movement is an international program started by one man who understands the power of reading. Little Libraries, Big Heroes by Miranda Paul is a picture book that shares the story of how Todd Bol created this global organization all because he wanted to make a difference in the world. – Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian

Sorcery of Thorns (2019)

by Margaret Rogerson

This young adult fantasy book has magical libraries with talking books that can turn into monsters and sword-wielding librarians. It's full of non-stop action, an enemy-to-more romance, secrets and sorcery. What more could you want? – Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

Suggested Reading (2019)

by Dave Connis

Clara Evans loves books and everyone knows it. When the new school year starts, she is horrified to discover that the principal has banned 50 books from the school library. Determined to fight against censorship, she sets up a secret library out of her locker hoping that her fellow students’ lives will also be changed by the pages of these books. Suggested Reading is both thought provoking and hilarious. – Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (2019)

by Kim Michele Richardson

Inspired by President Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project of the 1930s, this charming story follows Cussy and her trusty mule Junia as they travel through Appalachia delivering books to grateful patrons. Cussy is called "Bluet" by her patrons because she comes from a line of blue-skinned people, whose skin appears such due to a rare genetic disorder. As you'd expect from a book with libraries at its heart, there is a lot of information pleasantly woven into Cussy's story. – Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

The Library Book (2018)

by Susan Orlean

An investigation of the fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library  in 1986 evolves into a page-turning history of the immense impact libraries  and books have had throughout time. Profoundly moving and enlightening, and a clear call to readers to appreciate and support their libraries. – Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director

The Midnight Library (2020)

by Matt Haig

At a seminal moment in her life, Nora visits a unique library. Every book  she chooses is one that she becomes part of and is a possible life she might have led. There are adventures, close calls and joy. – Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1999)

by Ray Bradbury

Jim Nightshade and William Halloway have a nightmarish experience with a traveling carnival. A dark study of the battle between good and evil. The protagonist's father is a custodian at the local public library. Ray Bradbury was a lifelong supporter of public libraries. – John Ericson, Hoffman Estates Branch Manager

Planting Stories : the Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré (2019)

by Anika Denise

This picture book biography is about Pura Belprey, a Puerto Rican librarian who made a lasting impact by helping diversify children’s literature and even has an award named after her. Colorful illustrations bring her story to life. This is a perfect choice to help celebrate National Library Week! – Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

The Dragon in the Library (2021)

by Louie Stowell

A fun middle grade mystery with magic, dragons and of course, the library! Kit is not a fan of reading, but gets dragged to the local library by her best friends where she learns she is a wizard and must figure out how to save the library and in doing so save the world. And of course there’s a sleeping dragon under the library! – Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

The Breakfast Club (2003)

by A & M Films

Have a free Saturday off? Revisit the students at the Shermer High School Library in the classic film, The Breakfast Club. Five students from very different social groups spend their Saturday in the school library as a result of detention. The time spent together forces the teenagers to overcome their own stereotypes and realize they have more in common than they first thought. – Dina Ragano, Fiction, Movies & Music Department Coordinator