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Books in Brief: Book covers for Homegoing, How to Be an Antiracist, Just Mercy, White Fragility

Books in Brief, episode 5: Black Lives Matter

Need some book recommendations? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss this episode of Books in Brief, a video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two ...
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Classic & contemporary: Black Music Month

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná Designated in 1979 by President Carter as Black Music Month and renamed in 2009 by President Obama, African-American Music Appreciation Month is a celebration of ...
Book covers for Magical Negro, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments on painted canvas

Relevant reads: Culture

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná Culture is created, manifested, and maintained. It cannot not exist without people actively perpetuating it, and it does not exist in a vacuum. These books ...
Book covers for The New Jim Crow; Something Happened in Our Town, Homegoing; When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir; Black Brother, Black Brother; The Usual Suspects; Citizen; A Phoenix First Must Burn; Piecing Me Together; I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness; Voice of Freedom, So You Want to Talk About Race; Black Enough

Black Lives Matter

Dear Oak Park Community, We are sickened and horrified by the needless killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. We are frightened for the black and ...
Illustration of people wearing surgical face masks

Relevant reads: Pandemic novels & short stories 2020

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná From the plague to the 1918 influenza to now, pandemics have been unwelcome members of society. Touching everyone and everything, global sickness and the changes ...
Sally Rooney on table with plant and pencil

Hulu’s ‘Normal People’: Watched it? Read these!

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná Whether you read it when it first came out, want to read it before you start the new series, or just finished the series and ...
Librarians Dontaná, Margita, Kathy, and Rose

Missed May 13’s Read, Listen & Watch virtual program? Watch it now!

Last week, Librarians Dontaná, Margita, Kathy, and Rose chatted live on Zoom to discuss what they're reading, listening to, and watching while at home. Watch the recorded video to see ...
Books in Brief with book covers for We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry, Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Books in Brief, episode 4: Need some comfort reading? Try these titles!

Need some book recommendations but don’t have a lot of time? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss the fourth episode of Books in Brief, a new video series ...