Best of 2022: Teen fiction

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Oak Park’s Best of 2022 returns! Our annual librarian-curated selection of titles features some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers. See our teen fiction favorites 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 | Kids books | Picture books | TV shows | Movies | Music Teen fiction Wildbound by … Read more

Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance Idea Box display in the Main Library

Extended: ‘Gender Is a Galaxy, Gender Is a Weapon’ This Idea Box exhibit has been extended to hold space for mourning and to honor the victims of the shooting that took place on November 19 at Club Q, an LGBTQ Nightclub in Colorado Springs. One day before Transgender Day of Remembrance, a shooter attacked Club … Read more

Gift Guide 2022

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Looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Might we suggest a great book? Our collection management librarians have gathered some of their favorite recently published titles that are sure to engage, educate, and inspire people of all ages on your list! Adults | Teens & kids Adults: for the… Teens & kids: for the…

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Books, artifacts, online resources & more

Native American Heritage Month display with books in the Main Library Lobby

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Native American heritage all year. Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages; View: A special display at Dole Branch Library; Check out: Artifacts from the Multicultural Collection; Watch: A multicultural learning video; Visit: The Mitchell Museum of the American … Read more

Scary stories, horrifying tales & lots of Halloween fun

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It’s officially Halloween season! And your Oak Park librarians are back with spine-chilling reads, creepy tales, and lots more Halloween fun: Browse: 13 curated titles each for adults, teens, and kids, plus more digital titles. Watch: Videos about letting kids take the lead on how scary they want their stories and two great books to … Read more

Celebrating National Coming Out Day

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First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates “coming out”—living life openly as a member of the LGBTQ community—and raises awareness of the community and civil rights movement. Below, find coming-out stories for all ages and online resources to mark the 33rd anniversary of this national day. Coming out titles for all ages Online resources … Read more

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Browse books, attend events & more

Hispanic Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, events, learning experiences, and online resources that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture this month and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages; Attend: Upcoming events; View: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda in the Idea Box; Watch: Multicultural … Read more

#BookTok: Titles from TikTok

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by Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian TikTok is a social media platform filled with people from all over the world sharing news, culture, and dance trends. It is also home to a community of readers posting book recommendations, sharing reviews, and engaging with authors. Popular & under-the-radar reads curated from the vast algorithm that is … Read more

Library Card Sign-Up Month: 6 fun & useful items to check out with your Oak Park library card

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By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and to celebrate we are featuring some fun and useful items that you may not know you can check out with your library card. Need a card? Let’s get started » Check out these 6 things to check out 1. Book Club Kit What … Read more

Learn for the fun of it: How-to, hobby & craft books, magazines & more

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Dive deep into a hobby you love, develop a new skill, or expand your knowledge on a topic you’ve always wanted to explore with these how-to books and resources our librarians love. How-to books How-to resources from your digital library Browse how-to ebooks, videos, and other resources available digitally with your Oak Park library card … Read more

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