Recommendations From Our Staff

Looking for something new? Find your next read with the library's specially curated Staff Picks collection! Staff members from all departments of the library share their favorite reads online and in the library for patrons to pick up. Look for Staff Picks on a shelf in the lobby near the elevator, or in the stacks marked by a special "Staff Picks" sign. Check this page each Wednesday for weekly recommendations, or visit the library's Facebook, Instagram (@DownersGroveLibrary), or Twitter (@DGlibrary). Follow and use the hashtag #DGPLreads to keep up with the freshest picks by DGPL staff. 

Learning to See: a Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America by Elise Hooper

"I loved the fact that the book touched on the major events in Lange's life and that it was an overview of her whole life rather than just a period. I was also so glad to see some of her photographs included. An engaging read that made me want to delve into Lange's photography." - Lora, Adult and Teen Services

 

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

"The accident notwithstanding, this is unexpected and fun. It's filled with riddles and is laugh out loud funny. Wed Wabbit is seriously evil and the Wembly Woos are drippingly sweet. Lissa Evans does not disappoint and I rooted for Graham and Fidge as they saved the day (and the Wembly Woos)." - Sharon, Kids Room

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

"Clever and immersive, learned and witty, I was drawn into Eco's ingenious story and warmly drawn characters." - Fred, Adult and Teen Services

In 1327, scholar-monk Brother William of Baskerville is sent to an isolated Italian abbey to investigate a series of mysterious deaths. He conducts interviews, collects evidence, deciphers arcane symbols and manuscripts, and finally navigates the monastery's labyrinthine library to confront the evil within.