ICYMI: Recently released fiction & nonfiction for AANHPI Heritage Month

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By Collection Management Librarians Dontaná & Kathy Check out these recently released fiction and nonfiction titles that might have flown under your radar. They are perfect for celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Beckwith Why you should try it: If you’ve made your way through the gateway … Read more

‘Burn Book’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy I love how much our community uses the library. Sometimes that means waiting for the hottest titles. Don’t fret! I can help you find a similar reading experience to THAT book you are waiting for or that you finally read and loved. Burn Book readalikes Bad Blood: Secrets & Lies … Read more

ICYMI: Recently released fiction & nonfiction

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By Collection Management Librarians Dontaná & Kathy Check out these recently released fiction and nonfiction titles that might have flown under your radar. They are perfect for celebrating Black History Month. Fiction Hush Harbor by Anise Vance Why you should try it: This gritty dystopian novel will make you think. Description: A resistance group takes America’s … Read more

Celebrity book club round-up, January 2024

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná Since Oprah’s first book club pick in 1996, we have been reading as the celebrities do, falling in love with, or hating, characters with our fellow book club readers. Book clubs offer an opportunity to be in community with others, even if we’re not together in person.  Other celebrities who love … Read more

Best of 2023: Teen fiction & nonfiction

Best of 2023: Teen fiction & nonfiction

Oak Park’s Best of 2023 is back! Our annual librarian-curated selection of titles features some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers. See our teen fiction and nonfiction favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction: General | Adult fiction: Romance, lives & relationships | Adult fiction: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi & fantasy | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | … Read more

Best of 2023: TV shows, movies & music

Best of 2023: Movies, music & more

Oak Park’s Best of 2023 is back! Our annual librarian-curated selection of titles features some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers. See some of our favorite TV shows, movies, and music on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction: General | Adult fiction: Romance, lives & relationships | Adult fiction: Mystery, history & sci-fi | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Teen nonfiction … Read more

‘Tom Lake’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy I love how much our community uses the library. Sometimes that means waiting for the hottest titles. Don’t fret! I can help you find a similar reading experience to THAT book you are waiting for or that you finally read and loved. Tom Lake readalikes Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix … Read more

Banned Books Week 2023

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Every year during Banned Books Week (October 1-7 this year), the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read by recognizing books that have been challenged, censored, and banned in libraries and schools. Check out some of the most challenged books (below)—and why they were challenged—from the last year (compiled from data from the ALA’s Office … Read more

Get cozy for autumn

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná When the weather starts to turn and the air gets crisp, we pull out our sweaters, socks, and blankets. We start to build a soft nest, perfect for watching the fall rain and the winter snow. We get cozy and settle in with some comfort food and a cup of something … Read more

So long, ‘Sunday Scaries’!

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy You may know it by another name—”Sunday blues,” “Monday dread,” just good ol’ general anxiety—but apparently, there are a whole lot of us who suffer from some form of stress caused by the start of a new work or school week. Here are some books to help you stave off … Read more