Adult summer reading: Adventure awaits!

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy

Have you signed up for adult summer reading? No? Fret not! We are only halfway through so there’s plenty of time to sign up!

Already registered? Keep reading, watching, listening, and participating to earn chances for the grand prize!

Below find some materials and activities to get you on your way to completing challenges and earning badges.

Check out these titles

He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender & Why It Matters by Schuyler Bailar

Fulfills this challenge: Read something from the LGBTQIA Pride, Coming Out Day, Trans Visibility Day, or Trans Day of Remembrance lists (from the Read badge).

Description: Schuyler has become a go-to expert on gender identity for the media and has given hundreds of talks on gender literacy and inclusion. He/She/They uses storytelling and the art of conversation to give us the fundamental language and context of gender so we can meet people where they are and pave the way to understanding, acceptance, and inclusion.

How to Live Free in a Dangerous World: A Decolonial Memoir by Shayla Lawson

Fulfills this challenge: Read something from the Disability Pride list (from the Read badge).

Description: In these exquisitely crafted essays, Lawson journeys across the globe, finds beauty in tumultuous times, and powerfully disrupts the constraints of race, gender, and disability. With their signature prose, at turns bold, muscular, and luminous, Shayla Lawson travels the world to explore deeper meanings held within love, time, and the self.

Housekeeping for Beginners

Fulfills this challenge: Watch something from the Buzzworthy Movies & TV list (from the Watch badge).

Description: Dita never wanted to be a mother, but circumstances force her to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters, tiny troublemaker Mia and rebellious teen Vanesa. A battle of wills ensues as the three continue to butt heads and become an unlikely family that must fight to stay together.

The Rise & Fall of a Midwest Princess by Chappell Roan

Fulfills this challenge: Listen to music on hoopla (from the Listen badge).

Description: Bold pop hooks, sex positivity, honest songwriting, and a heavy dose of glitter make up the world of Chappell Roan.

Attend these events

The Idea Box: through July 31, Main Library

Fulfills this challenge: Visit the Idea Box at the Main Library (from the Participate badge).

Description: During July, we are exploring disability culture, community, and advocacy for Disability Pride Month.

Friends of the Library Book Fair: July 12 – 14, Main Library

Fulfills this challenge: Attend the Friends of the Library book sale (from the Participate badge).

Description: Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14, the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Book Fair returns to the Main Library. Free to attend; cash, check, or credit card accepted. New this year: Dedicated space for specially marked $5 treasures, including oversized art and architecture books, 2024 hardback releases of popular authors, and more great finds!

Adult Improv: August 13, 7 pm, Maze Branch Library

Fulfills this challenge: Attend a program at any library location (from the Participate badge).

Description: Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: Hilarity will ensue.

Librarian Kathy

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be “Book Pusher,” and refute that “disco” is a dirty word.