Hispanic Heritage Month: Nonfiction titles to put on hold now

Coming Soon Nonfiction Edition with book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Whether you like history, memoirs, poetry, self-help, or magic, there is something for you on this list of newly or soon-to-be-released titles. And because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting titles by Hispanic authors. So place your holds today! Want more? Find more Hispanic Heritage Month title suggestions for all ages, … Read more

Hispanic Heritage Month: Fiction titles to put on hold now

Coming Soon: Fiction Edition with book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Love to be among the first to discover an amazing new book? We’re switching it up this month and sharing some books that you might get to brag about being the first among your friends to read. And because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting titles by Hispanic authors. … Read more

‘These conversations are not easy’: Anti-Racist Book Group turns to TV & film this fall

13th film by Ava DuVernay

By Manager of Adult Services Alexandra Skinner Note: A version of this post first appeared in Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com on August 31, 2021. Read the piece on OakPark.com » Since October 2020, the Oak Park Public Library has been partnering with the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library and Walk the Walk, bringing communities together … Read more

How do you use your library? Share & you could win

How do you use your library? We want to hear about your favorite library experiences, wherever and whenever they happen! And we (and your neighbors) want to see your photos and videos! September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth, and we’re asking everyone to share photos, videos, comments, and unique creations to show how you use your library. Share, … Read more

We suggest: Titles to take care of you

Self-care on Scrabble titles

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton It’s always important to prioritize self-care, but if you need an excuse (you don’t), September is Self-Care Awareness Month. 7 books that encourage self-care Body Talk: How to Embrace Your Body and Start Living Your Best Life by Katie Sturino Why you should try it: This fun and upbeat … Read more

‘Something has to be done about the climate crisis’

Two local students who care deeply about the environment and the climate crisis are spreading the word at the Main Library. Benjamin, age 12, created a poster all about monarchs, including why their population is in decline and how people can help. See it on the eastern windows in the Children’s Services Area on the … Read more

We suggest: 2021 fall reads for teens

Fall reads book covers

by Alexander Gutierrez, Teen Services Librarian With summer coming to an end and classes back in session, it’s a great time to fall into a fresh new read!  These titles aren’t pumpkin spice-flavored or apple cider-infused, but they are a pretty sweet pick-me-up for the upcoming chilly weather that will hopefully chase away this tedious … Read more

Exploring tarot: A new monthly meet-up & virtual tutorial

Tarot cards

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott Tarot is a journey. The cards of the major arcana in the Rider-Waite deck—the most commonly seen deck in the English-speaking world, but there are others!—depict the story of the youthful fool setting off on an adventure where they will encounter new people, face great challenges, and discover more about … Read more

Got a book club? Want to start one? Check out a kit

Whether you’ve got a long-standing book club or want to start a new one—make it easy for everyone and check out a ready-to-read Book Club Kit! What’s in each Book Club Kit bag 10 copies of the same popular title Discussion questions curated by Oak Park librarians Lists of similar titles to give you ideas … Read more

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