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

We suggest: Banned Books Week 2021

Books unite us; censorship divides us: Banned Books Week

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Every year during Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2 this year), the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read by recognizing books that have been challenged, censored, and banned in libraries and schools. Check out the top ten most challenged books—and why they were challenged—from the last year (compiled … Read more

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Find videos, books, online resources & more

Hispanic Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Hispanic heritage all year long. On this page, you can: Watch Multicultural and Spanish language virtual learning videos. Browse suggested books for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with your Oak Park card … 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

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

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

We suggest: ‘Candyman’ readalikes

Book covers splattered with blood

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Can—nope. Not gonna catch us slipping! Nia DaCosta’s sequel to the 90s horror film—and fourth movie—in the Candyman series follows the return of the ghost of an enslaved man with a hook for a hand. It releases on August 27, and if you’re not ready … Read more

We suggest: The 2021 Booker Prize longlist

Longlisted: The 2021 Booker Prize book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton The UK’s most prestigious literary award, The Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. Check out the longlist titles below—featuring all of the titles currently available in the U.S.—and look for the shortlist announced … Read more

We suggest: Celebrity book club round-up, August 2021

Celebrity Book Clubs: Read with the Stars

by Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Since Oprah’s first book club pick in 1996, we have been reading as the celebrities do, falling in love with, or hating, characters with our fellow book club readers. Book clubs offer an opportunity to be in community with others, even if we’re not together in person.  Other celebrities … Read more

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