Articles written by John Kokoris

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  • Head to library for this summer's hottest reads

    John Kokoris|Updated May 22, 2024

    With this week's glorious weather, I think it is fair to say summer has arrived. To some, that means trips to the beach or the lake, baseball games and barbecues, maybe even summer hours at the office. For librarians, summer has some less relaxing connotations: Summer reading season will soon be here. Parents will prod their kids to keep their mind sharp over summer vacation. Wayward former readers will wander back, seeking recommendations as they cautiously dip their toe in...

  • Art and culture a priority at Hinsdale Public Library

    John Kokoris|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    I am heading to Oak Brook's Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art this weekend to see, among other things, a cinnabar screen encrusted with carved gemstones. The screen was a birthday present to the Chinese emperor Qianlong in 1791, and since my own birthday is fast approaching, it seemed like a good time to research gift ideas. Right now, I just can't decide between asking my wife for a gem-encrusted cinnabar screen or just a night off from doing the dishes. To free up some money...

  • Library will put the spring in your step this spring

    John Kokoris|Updated Feb 21, 2024

    Now that I have polished off the last of my Girl Scout cookies, paczki and Valentine's chocolates, it is time to lace up my gym shoes and burn off the extra layer that has been keeping me warm this winter. The weather is getting better, the sun is setting later and the half marathon I foolishly signed up for is suddenly just around the corner. As lazy as I can be over the winter, I genuinely miss being outside and moving around. In addition to training for my race, I'll be...

  • Library has plenty of scary, and not-so-scary, reads

    John Kokoris|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    With Halloween around the corner and plenty of dark, spooky nights ahead of us this fall, horror is obviously the genre on everyone's mind at Hinsdale Public Library. Our librarians have pulled together book recommendations for readers of all ages - you can dig into their lists at, but I'll highlight a few here. For our youngest readers, you can't go wrong with "Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow" by Ryan Higgins, a delightful picture book in which...

  • September is Library Card Signup Month

    John Kokoris|Updated Aug 30, 2023

    As kids, we learn to associate fall with changes. We change our routine, meet new classmates and learn new things about the world. That tradition doesn't need to end when we graduate (or, for those of us still in school, after that last bell rings). This year, your library is embracing the spirit of change that autumn brings with new opportunities to meet your neighbors and new twists on classic offerings. Everyone should set aside time this fall to make new friends before...