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CPL Best of the Best Books 2016


Best of the Best, our picks for the best books of 2016! We've unveiled our selections for adults and teens. Picks for kids on Wednesday.

If You Love / Teen Reads
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Best Teen Fiction of 2016

We recommend these titles as the very best fiction published in 2016 for teens in high school.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Teens

If You Love / A Great Read
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Adults: Best Books of 2016

We recommend these as the best books published in 2016.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Explore / World History
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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

An assortment of new books brings perspective to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Explore / Technology
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Hour of Code Events, Resources for Teens

Anyone can learn how to code! Try your hand at computer programming with events during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11.

If You Love / A Great Read
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Coming Soon

Browse lists of some of the hottest upcoming titles.

Explore / What's Making Headlines
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Making of "Working in America" with WBEZ
Dec 8th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Tony Sarabia hosts Jane M. Saks and Joe Richman in conversation about this multimedia initiative exploring the triumphs and realities of workin…

If You Love / A Great Read
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December 2016 Staff Picks

Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. Visit our Books page for a link to previous lists of recommendations.

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If You Love / The Holidays
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Holiday Concerts at HWLC
Harold Washington Library Center

Enjoy the sounds of the season at lunchtime concerts by local musical groups.

Explore / Great Reads for Kids
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The Naughty List for Kids

If you're besotten by behavior that's rotten, do we have some books for you.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Kids

Explore / Great Reads for Kids
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The Nice List for Kids

If you love sugar and spice and everything nice, this is the booklist for you.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Kids

Explore / Pride
The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame
Event
Chicago's Art and Cultural Impact on LGB…
Dec 7th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Examine how art and culture in Chicago have impacted LGBTQ history at this panel celebrating the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame exhibit at HWLC.

Make / A Masterpiece
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Kids, Write Your Own Book in December

Young authors, tap into your creativity and write your own book at our Chicago Children’s Book Writing Month events in December.

If You Love / The Holidays
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21 Contemporary Christmas Novels

Looking for a light holiday read to unwind during the bustling and busy season? We've got you covered.

recommended by ChiPubLib_Adults

Connect With / Your Kids
Puppet stage with puppets
Event
A Village of Stories
Dec 10th | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Read, play make believe, dress up in costumes and learn at this fun-filled celebration of a child's imagination for the whole family!

If You Love / Audiobooks
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Do You Hear What I Hear? Holiday Audio
By Maria

The holidays are upon us. Whether you're out running errands or cozying up at home, audiobooks are the perfect accompaniment.

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