We suggest: Transgender Awareness Week

Trans flag butterfly

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the lives and legacies of trans people, the pioneers and the everyday neighbors, who have passed away, most often through violence. A notable and sudden passing this year was Monica Roberts, a Black trans woman who was better known … Read more

We suggest: Family stories

Grandparents reading together

While we may be spending more time apart this year, sharing stories can connect people and families across distances, whether you’re separated by long distances or if you’re social distancing. During Family Stories Month this November, connect with your family—biological, adopted, by choice—by sharing stories, both learning about your family’s story and reading stories about … Read more

We Suggest: Titles for Veterans Day

American flags

Every year on November 11, we honor America’s military veterans for their service. Below are some recent, thoughtful reads to help you observe. Plus, mark your calendar to watch Oak Park’s annual Veterans Day ceremony virtually on Zoom Wednesday, November 11 at 11 am: On your computer: Visit zoom.us, enter meeting ID 839-1069-9966 with passcode … Read more

We Suggest: Titles for National Novel Writing Month

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Are you up for the challenge of writing 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November? Join thousands of writers around the globe for NaNoWriMo and let these books bolster and guide you. Find novel writing events and resources from your library to help you get started … Read more

We suggest: This is Halloween

Two jack-o-lanterns

Gremlins, ghosts, and goblins, oh my! The spookiest day of the year is almost here! With a full moon on the horizon, this year’s Halloween is sure to be extra eerie. Keeping your Halloween festivities close to home this year? Cozy up with these titles suggested by your Oak Park librarians…but maybe keep the lights … Read more

We suggest: Regional stories: Appalachian fiction

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Travel with us to the oft-overlooked region of Appalachia. Nestled in the peaks, valleys, nooks, and crannies of the Appalachian Mountains, separating the East Coast from the Midwest, this beautiful region is home to rare accents, deep religion, and hidden secrets. Appalachian fiction Betty by Tiffany McDaniel Why you should … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

Nonfiction book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Looking for a good nonfiction read? Whether it’s current events, history, science, memoir, or poetry, here are a few recently published books that are sure to scratch your nonfiction itch. Nonfiction titles you might have missed 14 Miles by D.W. Gibson Why you should try it: Tired of hearing … Read more

October 12 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Find titles & resources for all ages

Indigenous Peoples' Day

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. We acknowledge that Oak Park is situated on the ancestral land of the … Read more

We Suggest: Indigenous Peoples’ Day titles for adults

Indigenous Peoples' Day

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We acknowledge that Oak Park is situated on the ancestral land of the Bodewamiadkiwen (Potawatomi), Myaamia (Miami), Oceti Sakowin, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), and Peoria. We honor them and thank them for their stewardship of this land. In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring … Read more

We suggest: Disability reads

Child with hearing aide reading book

Each October, we recognize Health Literacy Month, a time to promote the importance of understandable health information. October is also a month chosen to highlight awareness of many disability communities, a time to call for acceptance of and advocacy for people who use communication aids to speak, have Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, … Read more

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