Adventures with audiobooks

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton By plane, by car, by train, by bus, by bike, by foot…however you travel, an audiobook is a perfect way to keep yourself (and your traveling companions) entertained. Audiobooks for your next trip The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell Where are you going: To find the ultimate dessert, or … Read more

10 movies that might be better than the books

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By Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarian Which was better: the book or the movie adaptation? We’ve all been a part of this discussion at one time or another! Book lovers will often argue that the original title is better than its movie adaptions. And there is supporting evidence for this! Movies can often just be … Read more

Do you have thyme to garden?

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by Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian The threat of frost and snow is almost over, and it’s time to start your seeds. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you have a flower garden or a vegetable garden—or a big space or a small one—this list is sure to help with all your gardening … Read more

Transgender Day of Visibility: Books, virtual tutorials & more resources

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By Hal Patnott, Rainbow Services Librarian (adult & teen titles curated by Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian) Held each year on March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) celebrates the lives and accomplishments of transgender and nonbinary people. Trans advocate Rachel Crandall founded TDoV in 2010 because stories in the media about transgender and nonbinary people … Read more

2023 award-winning titles

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We love book award season! Here are some recent winners for all ages—that also all happen to be written by women. A great way to celebrate Women’s History Month! Award-winning titles written by women Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree Why you should try it: For folks who want a well-written, … Read more

Winter horror films that’ll chill you to the bone

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by Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarian Who says horror is just for Halloween? Winter can be equally terrifying—with long dark nights and uncontrollable storms that can be truly isolating, both figuratively and literally. So grab your favorite blanket, turn off the lights, and lean into the horror of winter with these titles! Bone-chilling films About … Read more

Honoring women’s history

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Your public library is here to connect us with each other through books, resources, and experiences that celebrate women’s history. Browse: Title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Events celebrating women in history and women making history right now. Explore: Librarian-curated resources for self-paced learning (with your Oak Park library card and PIN). Browse titles we … Read more

ICYMI: Recently released fiction & nonfiction

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By Collection Management Librarians Dontaná McPherson-Joseph and Kathy Sexton 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 Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction edited by Sheree R. Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Zelda Knight Why you … Read more

Celebrate Black Love Day

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by Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian Nestled in the middle of February’s observance of Black History Month, and the day before Valentine’s Day, Black Love Day is a celebration of love specific to Black people. Founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy-Kendi, Black Love Day rests upon “5 Loving Acts”: Love for The Creator, Love for … Read more

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