Six weeks into summer reading: ‘Kids are blowing us away’

By Children’s Librarians Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove  5,100 challenges completed. 2,000 books read, in 285,000 minutes. 975 readers. 11,000 beads earned. AND COUNTING! Six weeks into our new virtual summer reading program, kids are blowing us away with their enthusiasm and determination. Adults know that kids who read at least 20 minutes a day … 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

Library director joins Harwood Institute board

David Seleb and Rich Harwood in April 2019

Our library’s Executive Director David J. Seleb has joined the board of directors of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. He began serving on the 11-member board in June 2020, as he continues to lead the library using the Harwood Institute’s “turning outward” approach. “The Harwood Institute has profoundly influenced my professional and personal life … 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

New for kids! ‘National Geographic Kids,’ ‘Highlights,’ ‘Cricket’ & ‘Babybug’ now available

Parent and two kids with tablet on bed

Looking for something new to explore this summer? Three new digital resources offer whole new worlds to discover for kids of all ages! And don’t forget, all reading is good reading and counts toward your summer reading goal! So be sure to log minutes spent reading magazine articles in Beanstack. 1. Read every issue ever … 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

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