Happy spring! April showers bring May flowers–and vegetables, too! Whether you’re planting a beautiful bouquet or yummy veggies to eat, we are your one-stop-shop for resources when it comes to gardening. Looking to grow vegetables? We’ve got you covered, with books like Grow More Food or The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables . Want to know how animals and insects can be your allies? Check out Garden Allies .  Need to know what to plant when? Find titles on year-round gardening to help you pick timely seeds. Want to find out what grows locally? Look up books on Midwest gardening or, more specifically, what to sow in Illinois . We also have for you a number of magazines, from Better Homes and Gardens to Taunton’s Fine Gardening . If you have a Grayslake Library card, you also have access to our emagazines on Flipster , or books on gardening through Hoopla . There are a couple of organizations in and around Grayslake that are dedicated to gardening and harvesting. Check out

Travel Guides

  Summer is right around the corner, and the Grayslake Library is here to help you plan your summer (or anytime!) vacation. Looking for the inside scoop on accommodations? New unique places to visit? Fun travel close to home? We’ve got you covered! Discover recommendations, guidance and suggestions to help you plot out your trip across the country, within Illinois borders, or overseas. First, your library has access to different magazines related to travel. Check out Travel + Leisure , a magazine with hot destination tips and up-to-date travel news, including mask and COVID vaccine requirements. You can check out issues from this year or 2021 for all your travel needs. Traveling locally? We suggest Midwest Living for insights on taking trips closer to home. Of course, you also have access to a number of travel books. From publishers like Fodor’s, with current books like Essential Italy 2022 or Paris 2022 to help you plan some international travel. Looking to travel within the USA? W

Bonus Blog Post: Stories for SWAG!

  It’s National Library Week from April 3-9 , and to celebrate we’d like to hear from YOU. We’re collecting stories from you , our patrons, about what the library means to you. To share a story, visit the library’s website , call us at 847/223-5313, or stop at any of our public service desks! We’re collecting these stories to use for promotional purposes, so you might see your story appear on our website, social media, in-library signage , and more. In exchange for your story, you can pick up some library-branded SWAG! Once you’ve submitted your story, visit any of the public service desks to pick up your item (while supplies last, items received may vary). Not sure what kind of story to write? Try thinking of a time the library really came through for you, be it finding the perfect book, answering a difficult reference question, offering a fun and educational program or service, or any time we generally left a good impression. Or, use the following examples submitted by an anonymous p

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

In turbulent times such as these, it is important to stay informed. At the Grayslake Library, you can access multiple sources of information to help you keep current with current events. From newspapers to informative books and videos, you’re sure to find something that sheds light on the Ukraine-Russia conflict and their shared history. One such database is Ebsco’s Newspaper Source . A simple search for “Ukraine Russia Conflict” and sorting by date returns the most recent news on the conflict from a wide range of newspapers. The Grayslake Library, and other libraries in the CCS consortium, also have access to many contemporary books on the subjects of Ukraine and Russia. Some titles to check out include Red Famine by Anne Applebaum , detailing Stalin’s crimes against the Ukrainian peasantry; In Wartime by Tim Judah , which tells stories from Ukraine’s war-torn recent history; or A Short History of Russia by Mark Galeotti . Don’t be afraid to ask for book recommendations as well! Our

Grayslake Library Art Fair

March is Youth Art Month, but you don’t need to be (or have!) a kid to celebrate. After taking a couple years off due to COVID, the Grayslake Library is once again partnering with local schools and organizations to bring the art to you! Grayslake school districts 46 and 127, as well as Prairie Crossing Charter School and the Grayslake Arts Alliance, have lent us a wide range of artistic creations to promote the importance of the arts. Our goal is to highlight the importance of art education, as well as to provide access to creations you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Art can be uplifting in these trying times, and from paintings, to drawings, to photography, to sculptures, you’re bound to find something to lift your spirits. The art will be on display throughout the building from March 1 to March 31. Once you’ve browsed the art, you might be inspired to browse our shelves for art books! From books on watercolor painting to exhibition catalogs , the library offers a wide range of materi

Black History Month for Younger Readers

We've curated these books and digital resources to celebrate Black History Month and highlight Black voices and stories for younger readers. Whether you have children in your family, are a caregiver, or are a teacher, we are here to help you find the perfect book or other resources! Books to check out: The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read By Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora Born into slavery, Mary Walker was freed at age 15 and went on to live a long, varied life. She worked in numerous jobs over the years, and in her lifetime she saw the Civil War and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of 116, she proved that it is never too late to learn, and she learned to read for the first time. The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander Presented as a poem, this Caldecott-winning children’s book highlights the trauma of slavery, the hope of the Civil Rights Movement, and the resolve of black heroes through history. Young, Gifted and Black By Jamia Wilson This book

Get Creative This Valentine's Day

February is here, and with it comes Valentine’s Day. Whether you plan on spending this day with a significant other, hanging out with a group of best friends, or just taking the day to treat yourself right, V-Day is a perfect opportunity to give a heartfelt gift. And if you’re shopping on a budget, or if you’re looking for an excuse to stretch your creative muscles, the Grayslake Library is here to help! We have plenty of resources available to you to help get that handmade gift project off the ground. Creativebug Creativebug is an educational resource available to Grayslake Library cardholders that hosts over a thousand step-by-step tutorial videos and courses on all things crafty. From sewing projects to candy making, embroidery to watercolor painting, there’s something for every creative soul. The videos are all presented by talented and well-spoken experts, making for an easy and enjoyable watching experience. While Creativebug does have a couple of Valentine’s Day-specific tutori