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

Sally Rooney on table with plant and pencil

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph 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 want the source material, we’ve got you covered. Hulu’s Normal People, based on Sally Rooney’s book, tackles the damaging effects of secrets and miscommunications.  You … Read more

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin with Japanese Lantern

Pictured above: Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin with Japanese Lantern placed in the park in 1954. Washington, D.C. Carol M. Highsmith;, photographer, [between 1980 and 2006]. (Library of Congress) A celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, this commemorative month pays “tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who … Read more

The best cookbooks of 2020

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Whether you’re using this time to cook and bake up a storm or you just love beautiful cookbooks (we certainly do!), check out this year’s James Beard Foundation Book Awards nominees and some of our favorite digital titles available from Hoopla, Media on Demand & Libby, Pressreader, and Flipster. If you haven’t yet, you need … Read more

Cover stories: Floral covers to brighten up your spring

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Flowers are a perennial (get it?) favorite of cover designers. According to the language of flowers, each flower has its own meaning and can make a statement in combination. Perhaps the flowers on these covers give hints about the story. You can find all of the title suggestions below available … Read more

Learn with Lynda: Courses on remote work, job searching & more

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Need help managing stress and staying productive while working from home? New to working remotely? Looking for a new job?  Get help navigating these challenges with courses from Lynda.com, available with your Oak Park library account. Explore courses specifically designed for teachers, small business owners, sales reps, leaders, and more. To get started: Learn how … Read more

Virtual library programs connect regulars, draw new participants

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Like so much else these days, our monthly library groups for writers, performers, language learners, and more are now meeting virtually. While all in-person programs are canceled through August, these online programs are drawing new participants as well as regulars. For example, Oak Parkers who joined the virtual French Conversation Hour in April met new … Read more

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