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Illinois legends focus of library summer reads

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This summer, the Lake Villa District Library is focusing on "Infamous Illinois ... Legends, Legacies and Lore" for its annual adult summer reading program.

While Illinois and Chicago are home to many extraordinary people, places and things, this summer the library is focusing on the less familiar.

"We really have a lot of surprises in store this summer. We have a lineup of thought-provoking books set in Illinois and programs revolving around the Illinois theme. You should definitely mark your calendar for the LVDL adult summer reading program!" said Paul Kaplan, head of Adult Services.

The library has chosen five books that focus on a newsworthy event. One is a fictional account of The Great Chicago Fire and the other four are nonfiction works about events and/or places with which you may or may not be familiar. Patrons can register beginning today.

You can also join library staff for a relaxing and enjoyable discussion of the five books featured in this summer's adult reading program: "The Fifth Floor," by Michael Harvey; "Tinder Box," by Anthony Hatch; "Death in a Prairie House," by William Drennan; "Trapped," by Karen Tintori; and "A Chicago Tavern," by Rick Kogan.

"Infamous Illinois ... Legends, Legacies and Lore" Book Talk sessions will be held at the Lake Villa District Library at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 8. Refreshments will be served. Copies of the books were purchased by the Friends of the Lake Villa District Library. Register at the Adult Reference Desk, by phone at (847) 356-7711 or online at

Finally, on Sunday, July 11, at 2 p.m., meet Richard Lindberg, a lifelong Chicagoan, author, journalist and research historian who has written and published 14 books dealing with aspects of city history, politics and crime. His most recent book, "The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of the Chicago's Democratic Machine" is the first biography of the gambler who built the foundation of the city's enduring and eternally corrupt Democratic Machine that is still in power after 120 years. Lindberg also will discuss his earlier books dealing with infamous Chicago crime scenes. Book sale and signing will follow the program. Register for "Scene of the Crime with Rich Lindberg" at the Adult Reference Desk, by phone at (847) 356-7711 or online at

"Infamous Illinois ... Legends, Legacies and Lore" runs from June 7 through Aug. 13. For more information on these or other library programs, please call (847) 356-7711 or visit The Lake Villa District Library is located at 1001 E. Grand Ave. in Lake Villa.