Honoring Women’s History Month with books, resources & more

Women's History Month

Held yearly in March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the U.S. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with your Oak Park card and PIN to use online resources for self-paced learning … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Looking for some nonfiction reading suggestions? Discover these recently released under-the-radar gems just waiting for you! Recently new nonfiction titles Girl, Gurl, Grrrl by Kenya Hunt Why you should try it: When you are reading, do you love the feeling that you and the author are having a genuine, … Read more

Meet Dr. Eve L. Ewing, then join the discussion

Dr. Eve L. Ewing with Ghosts in the Schoolyard and 1919

Join us in March for three virtual programs centered on the work of Educational Sociologist Dr. Eve L. Ewing, award-winning author and assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, as we begin a new series of programming inspired by our Anti-Racism Resources. Dr. Ewing’s research is focused on racism, social inequality, … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) fiction titles

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph We miss talking books with you, especially now that the deep winter has set in. But don’t worry, we’ve still got some excellent reads to get you through. Check out these hidden gems just waiting for their readers. Fiction titles you might have missed The Living Is Easy by Dorothy … Read more

We suggest: Cover stories: Black romance novels

Romance book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Romance is in the air! It’s almost Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with romance novels?! Romance novel covers come in all designs, some are more charming and others more risqué, but isn’t that half the fun of reading them? Celebrate Black love with these romance novels written by Black authors.  Romance … Read more

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

Caste book cover on a phone screen

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton 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. Caste read-alikes A More Perfect Reunion by … Read more

Recognizing Black History Month with books, programs, online resources & more

Black History Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Black history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians in recognition of Black History Month. Register for … Read more

‘Anxious People’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

Anxious People book cover on tablet

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton 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.  Anxious People read-alikes Nine Perfect Strangers by … Read more

We suggest: Celebrity book club round-up

Celebrity Book Clubs: Read with the Stars

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph 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

We suggest: Honoring the life & legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph One of the best known leaders of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence, marched, and was jailed in pursuit of equal rights. Assassinated in 1968, his legacy continues to inspire. Find titles below honoring Martin Luther King Jr., his life, his legacy, and his contemporaries. What … Read more

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