Sizzling summer reads 2022

Sizzling Summer Reads written on an orange- and lemon-themed background

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Get a jump on your summer reading with these books we think will be hot, hot, hot all summer. Place your hold today! Fiction More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez Publication date: June 7 Why you should try it: Mashing up literary and crime fiction, this is … Read more

Celebrating Pride Month: Books, learning experiences & more

Pride Month in one text on a rainbow background

Your public library is here to connect you with books, learning experiences, events, and online resources that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming events. View: A special display in the Main Library Idea Box through June 15 and test … Read more

Not your typical beach read

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We hear a beach read is supposed to be a light, often feel-good, easy read. But some of us prefer a little horror, some suspense, a nonfiction deep dive, or even something just plain strange to fill our long summer days. So grab your beachwear, towel, and lounge chair … Read more

Titles for, by & about older adults

A collage of covers of books featured on this page

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Fiction & nonfiction titles From nonfiction about aging better to fiction or documentaries starring older folks, here are a few titles celebrating seniors. Plus, check out more resources for older adults from your public library » Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias & How to End It by Tracey Gendron … Read more

Juneteenth 2022: Celebrate in community

Juneteenth 2021 at Taylor Park. Photo by Buzz McBride.

On Sunday, June 19, all library locations will be closed for Juneteenth. This national, state, and Oak Park holiday celebrates African Americans’ freedom from enslavement in the United States. Look for Oak Park’s Book Bike and library staff marching in the Oak Park Juneteenth parade, organized by community members and co-sponsored by the Village of … Read more

Titles honoring Malcolm X

Malcolm X titles in a collage

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Learn more about the life of Malcolm X with these nonfiction and fiction materials—as we celebrate what would have been his 97th birthday on May 19. Materials about Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X Why you should try it: Consistently making lists of the best … Read more

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

‘The School for Good Mothers’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

The School For Good Mothers book cover on wooden plank background with growing vine

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton I love how much our community uses the library. Sometimes that means waiting for the hottest titles. Don’t fret! I can help you find a similar reading experience to THAT book you are waiting for or that you finally read and loved. The School for Good Mothers read-alikes Future … Read more

Mothers and Others for Peace

Flower petals arranged in the shape of a peace sign

Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 8), Mother’s Day was first proposed by abolitionist and poet Julia Ward Howe. In her 1872 “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” Howe suggested that people observe Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace and supported the importance of coming together during challenging times. In honor of these … Read more

New on Kanopy: Upgraded web experience & Oak Park’s top films & shows

Screenshot of updated Kanopy homepage

Noticed a new design on the Kanopy website this week? Earlier this month, Kanopy rolled out an upgraded streaming experience available in your web browser that’s more intuitive, responsive, and user-centered. Wondering what to watch next? Check out what Oak Parkers are streaming below » What’s new in the Kanopy web browser There’s nothing you … Read more

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