Dark thrillers for a not-so-typical summer

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Summer is here, but it looks nothing like how we imagined it. In a pre-pandemic world, this would be a list of fun and breezy reads to take with you to the beach. For now, though, enjoy these dark thrillers from the comfort of your backyard, deck chair, or favorite … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Refugees’

The Refugees on pastel-colored boards

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. “Refugees are the unwanted from wherever they come from, and they’re often unwanted where they come to. And especially … Read more

Cover stories: Romance novels with illustrated covers to pique your interest

Book covers: Red, White & Royal Blue, The Bride Test, Something to Talk About, Royal Holiday, Love Her or Lose Her, Girl Gone Viral

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Illustrated covers have become a trend for contemporary romance novels. They’re cute, expressive, and can be drawn to fit the mood and style of the author and story. In honor of International Kissing Day, here are some romance novels with illustrated covers. Check out the kiss-o-meter to learn more about … Read more

Boredom busters: Beat the summer slump

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July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and we know that finding fun activities to keep you engaged at home this summer is more important than ever! Check out these title suggestions from your librarians to help you fight boredom and give you an excuse—as if you needed one—to celebrate National Ice Cream Day (July 19) and … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘Queenie’

Collage of multiple Queenie covers in a variety of colors

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. “I think if you’re a Black woman, I want you to learn that you’re less lonely. And if you’re not, I … Read more

Trending topics: True crime

Crime scene do not cross tape with book covers The Queen by Josh Levin, Diamond Doris by Doris Payne, Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph With HBO’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark premiering this Sunday, we’ve got true crime on the brain. A wide genre of nonfiction, true crime encompasses everything from the gangsters of the 20s to the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff to serial killers. The selections on this list include … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘Dear America’

Three versions of Dear America (Spanish, English, Young Readers Edition) on American flag

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas. “Actions are illegal, never people, and something is terribly wrong when we refer to people as illegal.” —Jose Antonio … Read more

Books in Brief, episode 5: Black Lives Matter

Books in Brief: Book covers for Homegoing, How to Be an Antiracist, Just Mercy, White Fragility

Need some book recommendations? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss this episode of Books in Brief, a video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two minutes. Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton recommends four titles to help educate yourself. Black Lives Matter digital titles Watch the episode above and then find … Read more

Classic & contemporary: Black Music Month

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Designated in 1979 by President Carter as Black Music Month and renamed in 2009 by President Obama, African-American Music Appreciation Month is a celebration of Black music, Black joy, and Black excellence. Black artists have been originators and redesigners of sound across all musical genres. Check out these albums and … Read more

Comfort reads: Kitten cozies

Cat looking pensive

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph There’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of knowing that a mystery, with all its twists and turns, will be solved. Theories are put forth, deductions are made, answers are found. Cozy mysteries are great comfort reads. It makes sense that mysteries with cats are even cozier! You can find … Read more

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