If You Liked… “Little Fires Everywhere”

Did you love Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng? It’s also now a mini-series on Hulu starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington! If you’re looking for more reads like this one, check out this list of read-alikes.

Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth is the story of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

The Leavers

by Lisa Ko

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon-and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Ask Again, Yes

by Mary Beth Keane

In Mary Beth Keane’s extraordinary novel, a lifelong friendship and love blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next thirty years. Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous and generous portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community–and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

The Perfect Nanny

by Leila Slimani

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community–and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

by Lindsey Lee Johnson

The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.

A Good Neighborhood

by Therese Anne Fowler

A gripping contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably. A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

The Gifted School

by Bruce Holsinger

Crystal, Colorado. Four young families juggle the stresses of parenthood, careers, and marriage. As the kids head for middle school, the families are still tight. But when an exclusive magnet school for ‘gifted children’ is being built, cracks begin to form in their relationships. As the parents go to great lengths to ensure their child is accepted, relationships turn toxic and secrets are exposed.

Want more recommendations?

 

You can check out all of our online booklists (for kids and for adults), or reach out to us! Our staff is ready and willing to make reading, listening, or viewing recommendations to you! Email us at reference@benlib.org or contact us via our online form!

A Father’s Day Booklist | For Kids

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21! Our Youth Services staff handpicked a bunch of their favorite books all about dads! All of the books featured here are books that we have in our collection. To see if an item is available to check out or place on hold, click the cover image or button to the right of the description.

Our Favorite Father's Day Picks

Father's Day

by Anne Rockwell

What’s the perfect gift for Dad? In Mrs. Madoff’s class, it’s a book made just for him. First the kids think about their special moments with their fathers. Sam’s dad is so strong, he can carry Sam on his shoulders. Eveline’s dad sings to her when Maman has to work at night. Jessica writes about her father in Texas and her stepfather at home. And when it’s time to celebrate at school, both of her fathers give Jessica the best surprise of all.

The Night Before Father's Day

by Natasha Wing

In rhyming text based on “The Night Before Christmas”, Mom and the kids have a plan to surprise Dad with a special gift. When Dad goes for a bike ride, everyone gets to work. Dad wakes up the next day to find his garage newly organized and his car sparkly clean. So, of course, he celebrates by taking everyone for a spin!

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Celebrate Dad’s special day by saying “I Love You” — with a little help from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This bright and colorful book is the ideal way to tell the person you call “Dad” how much you love them.

A Brave Bear

by Sean Taylor

After suggesting he and his father go to the river to cool down, a little bear tries to impress his father along the way.

For very young children just beginning to dare to do new things and their supportive and loving parents, this gentle read-aloud just might be the best thing in the world.

More favorites... Click the cover to view in our online catalog!

I Am Perfectly Designed

by Karamo Brown

I Am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye, and Jason Brown―featuring illustrations by Anoosha Syed.

In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

Daddies are Awesome

by Meredith Costain

Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring–daddies are awesome. This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child. Adorable doggy daddy and pup illustrations make this perfect for sharing!

Daddies are Awesome

by Meredith Costain

So you want to surprise your dad? You’re in luck! The pages of this book are full of tips on how to become a super dad surpriser, including tips for things you can make, do, or find—just for your dad.

Two siblings provide instructions for how to surprise one’s dad, including surprises you can make, do, or find — and how to plan a Special Day surprise party for him.

My Two Dads and Me

by Michael Joosten

Celebrate Pride every day with this adorable board book for the babies and toddlers of gay fathers, featuring a variety of diverse, loving families with two dads. Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy dads and their kids throughout their day — eating breakfast, getting dressed, heading out to the park, and settling back in at night with a bubble bath and a good-night lullaby. 

More favorites... Click the cover to view in our online catalog!

It's Great Being a Dad

by Dan Bar-El

A gang of mythical creatures is roaming around a magical land having a great time, until Bigfoot gets his foot stuck in a tree trunk and Unicorn gets her horn impaled on a table and Robot’s saw-arm gets rusted into position. But no fear! Dad is there to fix things – even when a Sneaky Flying Alligator Pirate steals the Fairy Queen Ballerina Doctor’s wand.

When a Dad Says I Love You

by Douglas Wood

How do you like to hear “I love you”? This cozy picture book shows all the ways dads can say it best.

Dads know how to do everything. They can help with homework and carry you on their shoulders. They can make pancakes and teach you how to sing songs. These loving actions are just some of the ways dads show how much they care—and no matter how he says it, “I love you” is wonderful to hear!

Founding Families | The Fischers

Welcome to “Founding Families”, a local history series that highlights and features a founding family of Bensenville through ancestry, photos, and more. Stay tuned for more Founding Families to be featured on our website and as a part of our “Flashback Friday” series on Facebook. In the meantime, be sure to browse the Bensenville Historical Collection on the Illinois Digital Archives for more local history information.

Christian Fischer and his brother Conrad’s oldest child, Henry Deitrich Fischer, both from the Kingdom of Hanover in Germany, arrived in Illinois separately in 1833 and 1834. Christian was one of the first three Bensenville settlers and made a 1000-acre claim, near Grand Avenue and Church Rd. The settlers found plentiful timber and water, and flat prairie without stones. Henry worked carrying ashes for soap-making in the frontier town of Chicago, and also worked in a sawmill up north in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Christian’s brother Conrad Fischer and his wife Louisa arrived with their five children in 1836. They had sailed across the Atlantic to New York city, and lost one of their daughters to drowning while taking a boat up the Hudson River. They then traveled west on the Erie Canal and by ship across the Great Lakes. Henry walked to Chicago from Green Bay, to reunite with mother, father and siblings.

Christian met his brothers family in Chicago, and they walked to their land claim in northeast DuPage county, where they cut down trees from Dunklee’s Grove and built their new home. 

Henry married Anna Franzen, from Prussia, in 1837, and they had eight children. The Fischer family prospered as farmers and leaders in the township. Conrad and Louisa Fischer donated land for a schoolhouse which his brother Henry Fischer built in 1851. The school taught English language to German immigrant children. Henry was an elected supervisor, and was Justice of the Peace from 1854 until his death in 1868, at the age of only 53 years.

The construction of the Fischer windmill, on Grand Avenue in front of Mount Emblem Cemetery, was begun in 1847. A well known cabinet maker, Henry Korthauer, helped build the mechanism, while men from Holland assisted with the three year construction period. The mill ground corn and wheat until 1916, and housed the Edward Ehlers family, after the Fischers sold the mill and moved to Oregon. 

Our Digital Librarian & Archivist has been reorganizing and preserving the Library’s physical local history collection and digitizing resources for the Illinois Digital Archive. To start browsing the Bensenville Historical Collection on the Illinois Digital Archives, please visit: benlib.org/local-history-online.

Local history questions? Please contact Digital Librarian & Archivist, Elizabeth Morris, at emorris@benlib.org.

Documents and photographs obtained from: Find A Grave and Ancestry.Com and 1874 Atlas & History of DuPage County, Illinois (DuPage County Historical Society).

History from Books, DuPage at 150 (Moore & Bray), Bensenville (Sebastian), 1874 Atlas & History of DuPage County, Illinois (DuPage County Historical Society), and Kenneth Ritzert, History of Bensenville, (DuPage County Historical Society website).

Bensenville/DuPage County Community & Business Assistance Resources

DuPage CRIS (Community Resource Information System) is a resource for housing, health and medical, legal, employment, transportation, food, and income support in DuPage County. CRIS is managed by DuPage County Community Services Intake and Referral, where they connect DuPage County residents with programs that can assist in many areas of need.
 
Learn more at: dupagecris.org/

The DuPage County Community Services Department has extended the deadline for applications for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more application information, including how to apply, or to schedule a phone appointment, DuPage County residents may call (630) 407-6500, (800) 942-9412 (toll-free) or visit: www.dupageco.org/LIHEAP/

The Bensenville & Wood Dale Food Pantry remains open to serve the community. However, to ensure the health of its volunteers and its continued service, their hours of operation have changed. They will now be open only on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., located at 192 S. Center Street in Bensenville. Learn more at: bwdfp.wordpress.com/

 

For DuPage county-wide food pantries, hours, and locations, visit: www.communityhungernetwork.org/AreaPantries/area.pantries.html

Unemployment Due to COVID-19 Business Closures

workNet DuPage is committed to providing workers and businesses with every tool in their arsenal to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. Learn more at: www.worknetdupage.org and www.worknetdupage.org/supportforworkers

 

Illinois workNet, along with affiliates and community partners, provide one-stop delivery of services, connecting individuals, employers, and education and workforce partners to career  planning, education and training, employment resources and tools and workforce programs.  Illinois workNet seamlessly connects people to local and statewide in-person and online services and is open to all Illinois’ citizens, employers, and education and workforce partners.

 

Learn more at: www.illinoisworknet.com

Applying for Unemployment Benefits

Access information regarding how to apply for unemployment through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Access IDES services, learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim, and more at: www2.illinois.gov/ides/aboutides/Pages/Office_Locator.aspx

 

The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program via the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security, provides benefits for many individuals who have been determined ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors. Learn more about PUA at: www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/learn-about-pua.aspx

DuPage County Small Business Assistance Programs and Services

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • What you need to know about testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in DuPage County: www.dupagehealth.org/601/Testing

  • An interactive map of testing sites in Illinois: coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

Standing for Justice and Equability

A statement from Library Director David Sieffert on behalf of the Bensenville Community Public Library:

Racism and inequity have longstanding and far-reaching roots in our country. From the first enslaved people brought against their will to Jamestown to the horrific and senseless death of George Floyd, we all have a responsibility to stand up and voice our opposition to the systemic racism that remains in our country.

The Bensenville Community Public Library stands with the American Library Association, the Illinois Library Association, and Black Caucus of the American Library Association in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color. We hope the road ahead is not as long or as painful as the history we leave behind.

Libraries across this country believe in the ideology that we serve with open and equitable access for everyone. We will always remain a center for compassion, education, and information. However, to be successful in this fight, it will take a collective effort from all of us to ensure that there is justice and equability for everyone in our country.

Every journey begins with a simple step. Please take the time to read this worthy statement from the Urban Library Council or explore some of these available resources below.

Nonfiction books about anti-racism and race

Impactful fiction from black authors

Anti-racism, race, and black voices for teens

Starting conversations with kids: racism, diversity, activism, and social justice

Documentaries & films for adults

You can find all of the titles above available in either our collection via the online catalog, or through our digital resources, OverDrive and Axis360.