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Upcoming Fiction Releases

If you’re anything like me, one of the most exciting parts of a new year is exploring all the books that will be released over the course of the next 365 days. (And then stressing myself out about how I’m possibly going to keep up with reading everything I’m interested in.)

Patron Favorites of 2019

At Randall Oaks, we wanted to know what our fellow readers enjoyed most this year so we asked our patrons about their favorite books released in 2019. See something you missed on here? Start 2020 with one of the best of the previous year! 



Something Wicked this Way Comes

As the weather starts to turn and fall creeps up on us, it means more than falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and cozy sweater and scarf combos. It’s the best time of year to read something to scare your pants off and haunt your dreams.

Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison passed away Monday, August 5, and the literary world lost one of its greats. There's not much to add that hasn't been said already in the countless tributes to Morrison today, but her work touched many lives, FRVPLD staff and patrons amongst them. 

Pride Month: Part 1

June is LGBTQIA Pride month, timed to commemorate the Stonewall riots in June, 1969 that served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Celebrations, pride parades, memorials, and much more will take place throughout the country in June, including right here in East Dundee with Pride on the Fox on June 15.

Table-Top Games

Are you a Monopoly expert? Love guessing games? Or do you want to show off your drawing or linguistic skills? We’ve got games for all of these and more! From classic games like Yahtzee and Uno to contemporary games like Exploding Kittens and Sushi Go!, we’ve got something for everyone.

Randall Oaks Staff Favorites of 2018

You’ve seen enough “Best Of” lists for 2018 by now, so the Randall Oaks staff thought we’d just share some of our favorites, whether they're critically lauded or not. Here’s a sampling of books and movies that came out last year that we enjoyed for various reasons- they made us think, they made us cry, they were just plain fun, etc.

Sam B.


Reading Recommendations for Winter Reading Challenge

Have you signed up for the inaugural Winter Reading Challenge yet? If it doesn't sound familiar, take a look at Elizabeth's blog here for more details. Registration opened up on Sunday, December 9,  and there are different challenges for youth, teens, and adults. A couple of the challenges on the adult list are to "check out a cookbook and try out a new recipe" and "read a winter themed book". If you're looking for inspiration in those categories, I've compiled some suggestions that fit the bill below.


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