Not your typical beach read

A collage of the book cover images featured in the post below

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We hear a beach read is supposed to be a light, often feel-good, easy read. But some of us prefer a little horror, some suspense, a nonfiction deep dive, or even something just plain strange to fill our long summer days. So grab your beachwear, towel, and lounge chair … Read more

Celebrating Pride Month: Books, learning experiences & more

Pride Month in one text on a rainbow background

Your public library is here to connect you with books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming soon!). Watch: A video just … Read more

Titles for, by & about older adults

A collage of covers of books featured on this page

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton From nonfiction about aging better to fiction or documentaries starring older folks, here are a few titles celebrating seniors. Plus, check out more resources for older adults from your public library » Fiction & nonfiction titles Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias & How to End It by Tracey Gendron … Read more

Titles honoring Malcolm X

Malcolm X titles in a collage

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Learn more about the life of Malcolm X with these nonfiction and fiction materials—as we celebrate what would have been his 97th birthday on May 19. Materials about Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X Why you should try it: Consistently making lists of the best … Read more

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

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: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

Mothers and Others for Peace

Flower petals arranged in the shape of a peace sign

Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 8), 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

Celebrating Arab American Heritage: Books, a video & more learning experiences

Celebrating Arab American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Title suggestions for all ages. Celebrate: Ramadan with books and a craft and a special Idea Box display at the Main Library, and a … Read more

Books we suggest for Money Smart Week 2022

20th Anniversary Money Smart Week, April 9-16, 2022: moneysmartweek.org

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Money Smart Week turns 20! What is it? Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this national education program is designed to “empower people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions.” This year it will be held April 9-16. Want to improve your financial … Read more

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