HBO’s ‘Westworld’: Watched it? Read these!

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Westworld is back! In the third season of HBO’s futuristic drama (starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, and Jeffrey Wright), main character Dolores has taken the train from the Westworld park into the real world, determined to destroy humanity. Whether you’ve been along for the ride since season … Read more

Introducing Books in Brief, episode 1: 4 great digital title suggestions in about 2 minutes

Need some book recommendations but don’t have a lot of time? Your librarians are here to help! Introducing Books in Brief: A new video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two minutes. In the inaugural episode, Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton suggests four of her favorite titles for virtual book discussions. Digital … Read more

What to listen to next: Try these digital audiobooks

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Sheltering in place got you feeling a little cooped up? Open the window, turn up the volume, and let your imagination roam with these audiobooks. Happy reading, Oak Park! Audiobooks to listen to while being socially distant The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo Why you should try it: Let this historical drama sweep … Read more

Watch more on Kanopy: Views increased to 20 a month

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Watch more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─ titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers with Kanopy and your Oak Park card and PIN. And just last week, we temporarily doubled Kanopy checkout limits. Now, you can enjoy 20 … Read more

Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’: Watched it? Read these titles

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph This week, Hulu released the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Whether you’re like me and want to read the book first or you want more domestic drama between episodes, we’ve got you covered! Little Fires Everywhere read-alikes Little Fires Everywhere … Read more

Keep it short: Books around 200 pages

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Sometimes you just need a book that you can read in one sitting. Short books are a great way to jump-start reading stagnation, get ahead on your reading challenge, or please your book club. Here are some of my favorites! Good things come in small packages! Dept. of Speculation … Read more

Netflix’s ‘The Stranger’: Watched it? Read these!

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Netflix’s new miniseries The Stranger is the story of how an intricate web of secrets and lies in a small community begins to unravel when the titular stranger (played by Hannah John-Kamen) approaches Adam Price (played by Richard Armitage) with a bombshell revelation about his wife. Whether you’ve watched the entire … Read more

Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’: Watched it? Read this!

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph For Valentine’s Day, Hulu released a brand new adaptation of High Fidelity, starring Zoë Kravitz as Rob Brooks, a record store owner trying to face the common thread in her “Top Five Heartbreaks.” Whether you spent the weekend watching the entire series or you haven’t started yet, here are some books … Read more

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