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Follow Cook Memorial Public Library on Goodreads and find your next favorite book! The library staff posts reviews and rankings of books we recommend. Goodreads also is a handy tool for keeping track of what you have read. The service is free, and easy to join. Follow Cook Library by following this link:


Featured Database

Enter your library card number to use this one. You can look up your favorite authors or titles, or describe the type of books you like to read, and NoveList will provide a list of suggested titles with full text reviews and summaries.


What's Next?

Wondering what's next in the series you are reading? Click here to find out!


Welcome to Readers' Services

Readers' Services is dedicated to reading for enjoyment.  We can make book suggestions and help you find something new based on books you’ve enjoyed. We’ll try to track down that elusive title or author or the next book in your favorite series.

If you are in a book discussion group or want to join one of ours, choose the Book Clubs tab. We can help you find discussion questions for many titles, offer suggestions for future selections, and provide lists of books that other clubs have found thought-provoking.

Make sure to check out upcoming author visits on this page, and stop by our Authors Out Loud page!


Authors Coming to Your Library!



Diane Johnson, memoirist and novelist of Le Divorce fame Thursday, January 23, 7pm   Cook Park Library     Register

Accomplished author and Illinois native Diane Johnson's new memoir is Flyover Lives. Her novel Persian Nights was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the tragicomedy Le Divorce was adapted into a 2003 film starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store.

Jacquy Pfeifer, award-winning pastry chef and new author Tuesday, February 11, 7pm   Aspen Drive Library    Register

The founder of Chicago’s renowned French Pastry School tells us how to make French desserts for Valentine's Day. His new book, The Art of French Pastry, will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store.


Book News

* The New York TImes picks its 100 notable books of 2013.

* The National Book Award winners have been announced.  James McBride won the fiction prize for The Good Lord Bird. George Packer won the nonfictioni prize for The unwinding: an Inner History of the New America.

* Canadian author Alice Munro, renowned for her short stories, won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

* Elanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize 2013 for her book, The Illuminaries.

* Publishers Weekly picks its best books of 2013.

* Amazon picks its best books of 2013.



Find Your Next Good Book!

If you are an adult or teen, we can help! Click here and fill out the form. A librarian will respond via email with titles for you within 3-5 days.


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Stories come in different formats

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