Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: East Asian creators & stories

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this week we are celebrating by sharing stories written by East Asian authors. Want more? Find more title suggestions for all ages, videos, online resources, and more » East Asian creators & stories Second Sister by Ho-Kei Chan Why you should … Read more

Oak Park engages in self-paced ‘Challenge’

Anti-Racism Resource Challenge Collage: History

Built as a yearlong, self-paced reading program to offer intentional learning experiences, the Anti-Racism Resource Challenge features specially selected books, media, articles, websites, and more—all from the library’s two curated anti-racism resource guides: Anti-Racism: A Starter’s Guide Countering Anti-Black Sentiments Adults and high schoolers are invited to participate—no Oak Park library card is required. In … Read more

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Find videos, books & more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Watch Multicultural virtual learning videos. Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with … Read more

‘Shadow & Bone’: Watched it? Read it? Try these!

Shadow and Bone series book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Last week, Netflix started streaming Shadow and Bone, their highly anticipated adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books. Want books like the series, but you’ve already read (or don’t want to read) the books? Not a problem! These novels have all the intrigue, and some of the length, of the … Read more

Celebrating Mother’s Day: Titles for peace

Flowers in the shape of a peace sign

Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 9), Mother’s Day was first proposed by abolitionist and poet Julia Ward Howe. In her 1872 “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” Howe suggested that people observe Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace and supported the importance of coming together during challenging times. In honor of these … Read more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Coordinated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, this annual campaign is designed to raise awareness and educate the public on the prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Learn more about the history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at nsvrc.org » In support … Read more

We suggest: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

We’ll admit, we’re still feeling the poetry buzz from Amanda Gorman’s awe-inspiring reading at this year’s inauguration! And in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re extra excited to share these poetry titles we hope you’ll love just as much. Check out what our librarians are loving this month, including a commemorative book featuring Gorman’s inauguration … Read more

We suggest: New spring releases for teens

Teen Spring Reads Book Covers

by Alexander Gutierrez, Teen Services Librarian Spring is such an exciting time of year, and it’s also a great opportunity to crack open a new book while taking a break from that tedious spring cleaning! With so much happening this year, a fresh new book might be exactly what the doctor ordered, and it also … Read more

We suggest: Books about libraries

Books to Celebrate National Library Week

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Happy National Library Week! For one week in April each year (April 4-10 this year), we celebrate libraries and library staff for their contributions to their communities, big and small. Enjoy these library-centric books! Our favorite books about libraries The Library Book by Susan Orlean Libraries or librarians: Both! … Read more

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