Books

The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo by William Kowalski

For adults and teens

A masterful blend of historical and modern fiction by a best-selling, award-winning author, The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo chronicles a century of life in America for one humble Polish farm girl and three generations of her descendants in Buffalo, NY.

Learn more about William Kowalski.

Where to find it

Book Discussions The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Morton Grove Public Library

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Morton Grove Public Library

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Skokie Public Library

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Skokie Public Library

Friday, March 1, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Oakton Community College, Skokie Campus, Room C140

Monday, March 18, 2019
Lone Tree Manor Restaurant

Monday, March 18, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Niles North High School

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

For adults and teens

When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

Learn more about Gavriel Savit.

Where to find it

Book Discussions Anna and the Swallow Man

Friday, March 15, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

For grades 6 - 8

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for both of them. When someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction: it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants.

Learn more about Sarah Crossan.

Where to find it

Book Discussions The Weight of Water

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Morton Grove Public Library

Monday, March 25, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library

The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland by David Walser, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski

For grades 3 - 5

Dragons and kings, frogs and spells, witches and mermaids; all the hallmark characters of traditional Polish fairy tales are found in this magical collection. Artist Pienkowski draws on a distinctive cut-paper technique learned as a child in Poland to produce dramatic and vibrant illustrations for eight time-honored stories.

Learn more about David Walser.

Where to find it

Book Discussions The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland

Sunday, March 31, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library

Ignaś- The Boy with the Colorful Headby Anna Mycek-Wodecki

For grades 3 - 5

This delightful story will introduce children to the Polish language and a touch of Polish history about one of the country’s best known cultural assets. Mycek-Wodecki has written several children's books translated into seven languages: Minutka the Bilingual Dog series as well as How Would It Feel?, which she illustrated.

Learn more about Anna Mycek-Wodecki.

Where to find it

Book Discussions Ignaś- The Boy with the Colorful Head

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Niles-Maine District Library