Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance Idea Box display in the Main Library

Extended: ‘Gender Is a Galaxy, Gender Is a Weapon’ This Idea Box exhibit has been extended to hold space for mourning and to honor the victims of the shooting that took place on November 19 at Club Q, an LGBTQ Nightclub in Colorado Springs. One day before Transgender Day of Remembrance, a shooter attacked Club … Read more

National Book Awards & readalikes 2022

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Check out the 2022 National Book Awards winners and our readalike title suggestions, curated by Oak Park’s fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Learn more about how the awards work from the National Book Foundation » Winners & readalikes

Gift Guide 2022

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Looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Might we suggest a great book? Our collection management librarians have gathered some of their favorite recently published titles that are sure to engage, educate, and inspire people of all ages on your list! Adults | Teens & kids Adults: for the… Teens & kids: for the…

Fall back—or forward—into time: 8 time-travel books for daylight saving time

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Daylight saving time wreaking havoc with your schedule? Annoyed that it’s dark at 5 pm? Just remember what Einstein wrote: “The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.” In other words, time itself is an illusion. Perhaps these time-travel novels prove it. Or they … Read more

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Books, artifacts, online resources & more

Native American Heritage Month display with books in the Main Library Lobby

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Native American heritage all year. Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages; View: A special display at Dole Branch Library; Check out: Artifacts from the Multicultural Collection; Watch: A multicultural learning video; Visit: The Mitchell Museum of the American … Read more

New in 2022: Recently released scary movies

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By Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarian Halloween season is in full swing, and there’s no better time for a fright! As you rewatch all of your favorite classic scary movies, why not try some of these recently released horror titles too? Watch these new titles, if you dare…* *These titles are not suitable for children, … Read more

A little scary to terrifying: Choose your own Halloween reading adventure!

Ghost icons with text and a ghost background: 1 ghost = a little scary; 2 ghosts = chilling; 3 ghosts = frightening; 4 ghosts = terrifying

By Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian Want to get into the spirit of Halloween, but don’t want to be too scared? We’ve got you! We’ve created a scary rating system from only a little scary () to terrifying ( ). Try it! How much scare do you dare? The Butcher & the Wren by Alaina Urquhart Scary … Read more

Scary stories, horrifying tales & lots of Halloween fun

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It’s officially Halloween season! And your Oak Park librarians are back with spine-chilling reads, creepy tales, and lots more Halloween fun: Browse: 13 curated titles each for adults, teens, and kids, plus more digital titles. Watch: Videos about letting kids take the lead on how scary they want their stories and two great books to … Read more

Celebrating National Coming Out Day

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First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates “coming out”—living life openly as a member of the LGBTQ community—and raises awareness of the community and civil rights movement. Below, find coming-out stories for all ages and online resources to mark the 33rd anniversary of this national day. Coming out titles for all ages Online resources … Read more

Honoring Indigenous People

Indigenous Peoples Day October 10

By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes that Native peoples were the first inhabitants of North America and celebrates their history, traditions, and stories. Oak Park Public Library acknowledges that Oak Park is situated … Read more

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