Meet Matthew, Leading Edge logo designer

Last summer, we held a logo design contest to help spread the word about the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB), one of the library’s Teen Services initiatives. A volunteer group for students ages 13-17, LETAB’s mission is to offer guidance and a teen-centered perspective to the Oak Park community and the Teen Services team. … Read more

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Find videos, books & more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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: Watch Multicultural virtual learning videos. Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with … Read more

‘Shadow & Bone’: Watched it? Read it? Try these!

Shadow and Bone series book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Last week, Netflix started streaming Shadow and Bone, their highly anticipated adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books. Want books like the series, but you’ve already read (or don’t want to read) the books? Not a problem! These novels have all the intrigue, and some of the length, of the … Read more

Celebrating Mother’s Day: Titles for peace

Flowers in the shape of a peace sign

Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 9), 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

Teen Services Manager Stephen Jackson writes about restorative practices in latest Library Journal

Leading Edge Barbershop at the Main Library in 2019

In the April 2021 issue of Library Journal, our Teen Services Manager Stephen Jackson writes about restorative practices and libraries. Read the article online or access the entire digitized issue. He illustrates how our library has integrated restorative practices since he joined the staff in 2016. Examples include the use of circles, annual community conferences, … Read more

We suggest: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

We’ll admit, we’re still feeling the poetry buzz from Amanda Gorman’s awe-inspiring reading at this year’s inauguration! And in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re extra excited to share these poetry titles we hope you’ll love just as much. Check out what our librarians are loving this month, including a commemorative book featuring Gorman’s inauguration … Read more

We suggest: New spring releases for teens

Teen Spring Reads Book Covers

by Alexander Gutierrez, Teen Services Librarian Spring is such an exciting time of year, and it’s also a great opportunity to crack open a new book while taking a break from that tedious spring cleaning! With so much happening this year, a fresh new book might be exactly what the doctor ordered, and it also … Read more

April is Arab American Heritage Month: See artifacts on display at the Main Library & find books, videos & more

Arab American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Find information about an upcoming display in the Main … Read more

We suggest: 2021 award winners

2021 Award Winners

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph This year, we’ll take any reason to celebrate! But this year’s book award season was one we’re still buzzing over—with historic wins and really good titles for all ages. Here are some of the year’s winning titles, all written by women. 2021 award-winning titles by women Fathoms: The World in the … Read more

Teens invited to share their voice on managing stress and anxiety, creating new app

Teens on Smart Phones

The library is partnering with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), on a project to design new smartphone apps that help teens better understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to get involved in this research project. Virtual interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

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