Illinois Libraries Present

These events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among 200+ public libraries—including Oak Park Public Library—offering high-quality events for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets. Read more below about this pilot program »

Author Silvia Moreno Garcia

An Evening With Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, January 26, at 7 pm  

The bestselling and award-winning author of Mexican Gothic discusses her newest book, Velvet Was the Nightand her genre-defying mashups of cultural noir and Lovecraftian horror. Velvet Was the Night is one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2021. Silvia Moreno-Garcia will be joined in conversation with author Gus Moreno.

About Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Moreno-Garcia is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels Certain Dark Things, Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels Certain Dark Things, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and Mexican Gothicwhich Vanity Fair called “[An] irresistibly dark feminist reimagining of the Gothic fantasy novel.” Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Moreno-Garcia has edited several anthologies and is a columnist for The Washington Post.

About Gus Morena
Gus Moreno is the author of This Thing Between Us. His favorite books are American PsychoBattle Royale, and Under the Skin. He lives in the suburbs with his wife and dogs, but never think that he’s not from Chicago.

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Author Jasmine Guillory

An Evening With Jasmine Guillory

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, February 16, at 7 pm  

Dubbed one of romance’s brightest new voices, bestselling author Jasmine Guillory will discuss her newest novel, While We Were Dating, and the modern rom-com. Author Morgan Rogers (Honey Girl) will join her in conversation.

About Jasmine Guillory
Jasmine Guillory is a writer, lawyer, and New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including The Wedding DateThe Proposal, and While We Were Dating. NPR called The Proposal, “Rollicking, charming, and infinitely zesty.” Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California where she has a towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.


Author Jenny Lawson

An Evening With Jenny Lawson

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 pm

Join us for an evening with award-winning humorist Jenny Lawson as she discusses her most recent bestseller, Broken (in the Best Possible Way), and her brilliantly funny body of work.

About Jenny Lawson
Jenny is an American journalist, author, and blogger known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. “The Bloggess” lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and was constantly “buying too many books” (“Not a real thing,” she insists), so she decided to skip the middleman and just started her own bookshop, which also serves booze because books and booze are what magic is made of. She has previously written Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. She would like to be your friend unless you’re a real asshole. (And yes, she realizes this paragraph is precisely the reason she shouldn’t be allowed to write her own bio.)


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About Illinois Libraries Present

A new pilot program now consisting of 200 public libraries across the state, Illinois Libraries Present’s founding members are feeling it is “one good to come out of the pandemic.” The pilot has two Oak Park librarians on board, working together with other great library minds and state resources “to provide high-quality online events at equitable prices for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets. We connect communities and audiences across the state through shared event experiences.”

To start, the planning group’s goals include:

  • To provide high-quality, high-profile events that highlight national names and social justice/diversity, equity and inclusion issues, that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for single libraries to hold on their own.
  • To reduce costs and maximize reach by taking advantage of both virtual event platforms and the collective buying power of Illinois public libraries. 
  • To allow access for all libraries as equitably as possible, by aligning each library’s cost to participate with the size of their operating budget.
  • To define clear and distinct roles among Illinois Libraries Present committees and the participating libraries, including patron contact points, marketing, invoicing, etc.

The group also is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.

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