Mahomet Recommends

Hey Mahomet! Have you read a good library book lately? Listened to an audiobook or podcast? Watched a good movie? Discovered a great recipe? Found a safe indoor or outdoor activity to do? Let others know about your great find through the library’s Mahomet Recommends program.

Every Tuesday of Fall 2020 (August 25-December 8), we'll feature a Mahomet patron recommendation on the Library’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter accounts.

Tell the library about your recommendation by filling out our Mahomet Recommends form.

Miss a recommendation? Want to try one of the recipes or activities? Need to choose a new book to read? For your reference and use, find previously posted recommendations below!


Activity Recommendations 

The Country Experience Farm Camp

recommended by Karli Waldrep

Karli says, "The Country Experience located in Elizabeth, IL provides a farm camp and farm stay to families of all ages. Farm camp runs from May-August for ages 7-12. Your child will enjoy hands on and real world experience on the farm. From taking care of the animals, participating in farm projects or getting dirty in the garden. This Montessori style camp is a perfect summer camp for all. The farm also offers farm stays throughout the summer on the weekends. Come on Friday, leave on a Sunday. Enjoy farm activities, home cooked meals, and a peaceful farm weekend.

The farm is only open for farm stays through the end of October 2020. But view their website for more information about farm stays and camp."

Negangard Pumpkin Patch

recommended by a Mahomet Library patron

"Negangard Pumpkin Patch is a great fall activity for anyone who's looking for a safe outdoor area to pick out pumpkins and a variety of squash! They're also very affordable and are super friendly! Make sure to bring cash or your checkbook."

Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden & Buffalo Trace

recommended by Tasha Schifo

Tasha says, "The gardens are so well manicured and change with the seasons. There are cozy spots to admire the garden’s beauty. Buffalo Trace is wonderful to wander through also, because it is Illinois in its natural state. I love the tall prairie grass and the flowers that pop up throughout the Trace."

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Book/Audiobook Recommendations

Virgin River Netflix Series & Books by Robyn Carr

recommended by a Mahomet Library patron

"Virgin Rivers follows the story of Nurse Practitioner Mel Monroe searching for a fresh start after a tragic event in her life.  She accepts a job in a remote Northern California town away from all she knows in Los Angeles.  

You can watch seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix or read all of the Virgin Rivers series found in our library system."

Oldies, Goodies, and Amazing Read Aloud Books

  • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • Homer Price by Robert Mccloskey
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty Macdonald
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

recommended by Heidi Gerber

Heidi says, "I love each of these and when read aloud I’m always amazed how wide of an age range they keep captivated— including myself! :)"

Uncommon Grit: A Photographic Journey Through Navy Seal Training by D. McBurnett, U.S. Navy SEAL, retired 

recommended by a Mahomet Library patron

"The book is a stunning and intense pictorial story of the rigorous training a Navy SEAL goes through. The photography is absolutely breath-taking."

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon & Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

recommended by Kay Coulson

Kay says, "As a former first grade teacher, I have many, many favorite books. These are two of them."

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

recommended by Lisa Cosimini

Lisa says, "I loved that it's written through the eyes of a strong female...and that she (Leni) is so young, only 13 at the start of the novel. Also, I'm old enough to remember the '70s (Watergate, Patty Hearst, Ted Bundy, the Vietnam War's aftereffects, etc.) but was young enough that all the turbulence of the '70s had little effect on me. It gave me hope, realizing that a time period of discord & division (such as now) has happened before in modern times and can be overcome. Finally, The Great Alone vividly illustrated why Alaska is known as The Last Frontier."

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

recommended by Janelle Couture

Janelle says, ""The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas is an enlightening look at racism in America.  As a white person of privilege it made me uncomfortable, but it helped open my eyes to what it is like to grow up black in America."

Children's Book Series

  • The Kingdom of Fantasy series by Geronimo Stilton
  • The Prince Warrior Series by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer
  • The Wingfeather Saga Series by Andrew Peterson
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

recommended by Heidi Gerber

Heidi says, "These are reread in our home very often!"


Other Recommendations

Friends of the Library Book Sale Shelf

recommended by a Mahomet Library patron

"I love the Friends of the Library book sales. Adult books/DVD's/CD's are $1, children's/teen's books are $.50 and sets of materials are priced as marked. Many of the books are in like new condition. I have found great books to give as gifts. If you miss the sales, more books can be found on the bookshelf located in the library which is continuously replenished."


Podcast Recommendations

Overdue Podcast

"Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy children’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time."

recommended by a Mahomet Library patron

"I recommend starting with listening to their episodes about Twilight. You get a good feel for their humor and how they set up each book/series."

Every Little Thing Podcast

produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman

recommended by Cassidy Waldrep

Cassidy says, "The podcast "Every Little Thing" is about some of the most random facts that you could think of. It's on Spotify and it's a great way to learn new things while also surprising you with super odd details.


Recipe Recommendations

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

recommended by a Mahomet Library patron

"An easy healthy recipe! I also love to add sour cream to this great dish."

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

recommended by Abbey Houser

Abbey says "Our very special neighbor, Bev, shared this easy, wonderful, and warm slow cooker recipe with our family. We really enjoy it!"

Superhero Muffins

from the Run Fast. Eat Slow. blog

recommended by Kelly Nykaza

Kelly says, "These muffins are great for a quick breakfast or after school."