Aspen’s New Recording Studio

#Sameplacemorespace has finally come to fruition after nine exhausting and exciting months! With the plethora of added study spaces, a skylight in the children’s wing, and a new area just for high school teens, it’s hard to imagine what more the improved Aspen Drive could offer! Studio 1 at Aspen is a wonderful resource if…

Our Favorite Books of 2019

As the year wraps up, Readers Advisor Jo talks about the most beloved books of 2019 according to the staff at Cook Library. We go over highlights from our immensely popular 2019 fiction and nonfiction booklets available at the reference desk and online. Listen to this quick 20 minute episode to remember the books and…

The Best Nonfiction of 2019

Last week I looked at the novels that received the most love in 2019 from book reviewers. Today I will tackle nonfiction. I compiled 30 notable lists and more than 500 books, including our own favorites from the Cook Memorial Public Library District’s reference desk staffers. I’ve added links to our catalog for book descriptions,…

The Best Fiction of 2019

I have to admit that I’m thrilled when some of my favorite books do well on all those best-of-the-year lists. I was heartened to see Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates…