What’s trending, what we suggest for February

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole, We the Animals by Justin Torres, When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Wondering what to read or watch next? We’ve got you covered! From romances and short stories to the books that inspired award-nominated films, you’re bound to find a new title to love. Plus, check out the new movies and TV shows just added to the collection. Books that inspired award-nominated films Hot romances Short stories … Read more

More Than a Month widens the lens in 2019

The Color of Art still

It started as a way to celebrate the black experience all year long, and not just during Black History Month. Now, almost 36 months later, the library’s More Than a Month series kicks off its fourth year with an expanded outlook and programs that promote conversation and year-round enrichment for all. ‘It’s both/and’ More Than … Read more

Best of 2018: What’s trending, what we suggest

Book covers for An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, The Power by Naomi Alderman, The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Chicago by David Mamet, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Wondering what to read next? We’ve got you covered! Check out Oak Park’s “Best of 2018,” a curated selection of suggested reads for kids, teens, and adults, selected by our expert librarians! ADULTS | TEENS | KIDS Adults In case you missed it Noteworthy novels For armchair sleuths Love stories For history lovers Out-of-this-world tales … Read more

A look back: One Book in 2018

A People’s History of Chicago was at the center of our One Book, One Oak Park series in 2018. In 77 poems, author Kevin Coval traces the city’s history through often untold perspectives, including African-American, Latinx, LGBTQ, and working-class experiences. Find it in the catalog » Poems that bridge time and place One thread running … Read more

What’s trending, what we suggest for November

Book covers for Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran, A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, and The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

Based on last month’s checkouts, you’re loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. What we suggest If you’ve already read and loved these titles or you’re still waiting on hold for a copy, check out these diverse readalike suggestions curated by our … Read more

America’s 100 best-loved novels: Vote for your favorite

PBS The Great American Read: 1984 by George Orwell, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, A Pray for Owen Meany by John Irving, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo, and Alex Cross Mysteries by James Patterson

UPDATE 10/24/18: The results are in! To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s best-loved novel in The Great American Read. See all the results » Are you reading and watching? PBS’s The Great American Read is an eight-part series celebrating the power of reading and exploring 100 of America’s best-loved novels. Chosen through a … Read more

Stories to reflect all families

Stories for all families

“When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read … they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” —Rudine Sims Bishop, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990) Bridging diversity gaps This spring, a new Children’s Services task force with diverse staff … Read more

Poems to read and share

Staff Discussion at Julian House

The following One View, written by library Deputy Director Jim Madigan, was published in the May 23 edition of the Wednesday Journal.  This past Christmas I was lucky enough to receive A People’s History of Chicago, a collection of poems by Kevin Coval. As I read through the book I found myself wanting to share poems with … Read more

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