The Favorite Books of Tech Giants

Teen Tech Week 2018 starts today! There will be tech themed activities in the library during lunches all week long- including vinyl stickers, Sphero robot mazes, Makey Makey banana keyboards, retro games, and more!

So what books are at the top of a tech giant’s reading list?  Keep reading to find out a few faves from the minds behind Apple, SpaceX, and modern telecommunications.

Steve Jobs needs no introduction. In Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple Founder we get a glimpse of the inspiring books Jobs recommends.  Click on each book title for a synopsis at


Moby Dick by Herman Melville; The Poems of Dylan Thomas; 1984 by George Orwell


Elon Musk recently wowed the world with his company SpaceX’s successful launch of the Falcon Heavy Rocket. In interviews with The New Yorker, CHM Revolutionaries, and at the D11 Confernce, and MIT, Musk highlights some inspiring reads from his childhood and beyond.

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Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein; Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsMerchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway ; The Moon is a Harsh Witness by Robert Heinlein


Dr. Erna Hoover not only holds claim to fame for being the first female to hold a software patent and revolutionizing modern telecommunications, but she  also helped pave the way for women in STEM. According to “Erna Hoover — Biography”,  World of Computer Science. 2012, Dr. Hoover was inspired by a biography of Marie Curie. Want to read all about a woman who paved the way? Check out the following biographies available in the LFHS library.


Marie Curie: A life by Francoise Giroud; Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith; Something out of Nothing: Marie Curie and RadiumSomething out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium









Best Books: Margaret


Margaret, LFHS class of 2021, has a favorite book called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Margaret says,¨I love this book because the story wraps around the engaging life of Olympian Louis Zamperini and how he went from world-famous Olympic runner to tortured prisoner of war for 2 years. This story is so entrancing through the many experiences Zamperini had growing up in California, at the Olympics, on a lifeboat, and in 3 separate Japanese prisoner of war camps. His story is one that everyone should be aware of because he suffered through so much as well as risked his life during WWII, and that deserves such an honor. The book is so inspiring, it just makes me feel that no matter what troubles arise in life, I should just stick to what I believe and stay unbroken.¨ Review:

¨On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile… Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater… His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.¨

Teen Tech Week 2018 – Create@LFHS Library

It’s that time of year again – tech and games await you at your LFHS Library throughout lunch periods during Teen Tech Week, March 19-23. Activities will be set up exploring technology from the past, present, and future. Join us for scavenger hunts, stop-motion animation, robot races, and Oculus Rift virtual reality! There’s something for everyone, and as usual, all Scouts are welcome.

Technology and libraries go hand in hand. Your LFHS Library has Nooks to check out, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for your convenience, a load of databases you can access from home as well as school, online citation guides, class links to help you with homework, social media to help you find the best and newest books (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, this blog) and more. Teen Tech Week celebrates all the tech we had, currently have, and will experience in the future.


Best Books: Seńora Lev

Seńora Lev, a well known LFHS Spanish teacher, has many favorite books with one certain series making her A-list, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. She says, “I love this entire series. It is so creative and a dynamic read. READ THEM ALL!”

She also highly recommends A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. “Backman is a great storyteller. The book is sweet, laugh out loud funny, and poignant.”

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is another one of her best books. “This book is original, well written, and gripping. I loved it!”

Check out these Goodreads reviews:

35378411A Darker Shade of Magic Series
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.



A Man Called Ove
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse… So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul…


“...scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.


Check the LFHS Library catalog here to see if these best books are available for check out today.

The Envelope, Please!

osc-banner_statuetteWouldn’t it be great if there were Book Oscars – one big awards show for authors and their works that millions of people tuned into? Instead, there are so many state and other book awards, some with the most interesting titles: Danziger Awards for Hilarious Children’s Books, the Sasquatch Awards, Young Hoosier, and Flume to name a few.

We at the LFHS Library have been getting some incredible books this school year, and have narrowed our selections down to those that are worthy of winning golden statues.

And the nominees are…

For Best Visual Effects:
Ms. Marvel – writer, G. Willow Wilson ; artist, Adrian Alphona (Hugo Award Winner)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Abraham Lincoln Award Finalist)

Black Panther – writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates ; pencils/layouts, Chris Sprouse

For Best Director/Author:
Frederik Bachman (Goodreads Choice Award Winner)

Jason Reynolds (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, National Book Award Finalist, Newberry and Printz Award Honoree, Walter Dean Meyers Winner, and Kirkus Award Winner)

Amie Kaufman (Aurealis Awards Winner)

For Lead Actor:
Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (William C. Morris Award Winner)

Cormoran Strike from The Cuckoo´s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Amazon Best Books Nominee)

Rufus and Mateo from They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Young Adult Speculative Fiction Finalist)

For Leading Lady:
Natasha from The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (National Book Award Finalist)

Star from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( Goodreads Choice Awards – YA Winner)

Julia from I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, Chicago author (National Book Award Finalist)

For Best Documentary:
Chasing King´s Killer by James Swanson

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Michelle Burford and Diane Guerrero

All of these nominees are available in the LFHS Library.  You´re the readers, you decide the winners!

Best Books: Rebecca

LFHS sophomore Rebecca’s favorite book is Rebel of the Sands by Alwin Hamilton, a fantastic trilogy. The third book, Hero at the Fall, is due out this March, 2018.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route.

Interested? Check it out on Goodreads here.

Celebrating Old Abe


Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and the $5 bill are not the only ways Illinois celebrates the extraordinary life of Abe. For the young adult readers of the Land of Lincoln, there’s the Abraham Lincoln Reading Award, sponsored by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE).

The 2018-2019 list should be made public in the upcoming weeks, but for now, the LFHS Library has a display of this year’s “Abe list” titles located under the stairs. Check out a few descriptions here, and feel free to check out our copies to read and explore! 

22295304Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
¨Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.¨ Goodreads review



22910900The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness
¨What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.¨Goodreads synopsis


24187925These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
¨Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets.¨ From

19351043Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
¨Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past…¨ Goodreads review


27774758An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
¨Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free…when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.¨