Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Pictured above: Detail of Maíz Flor Serpiente/ Flower Maize Serpent commissioned digital art work by the Indigenous Design Collection, 2015. (Smithsonian Latino Center) A celebration of Hispanic Americans, this commemorative month (held September 15-October 15) honors “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and … Read more

Titles to help you prioritize self-care

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Did you know that September is self-care month? No? Neither did we, but what a time to find out! Self-care is simply taking the time and making decisions that prioritize wellness and happiness. It’s about relaxation, mindfulness, and taking steps to reduce stress. Self-care looks different for everyone. If you’ve … Read more

Books to commemorate 100 years of the 19th Amendment

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Passed 100 years ago on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed and protected women’s right to vote. Celebrate this milestone with these title suggestions for all ages! Have questions about voting in the upcoming presidential election? Get answers » Books commemorating the 19th Amendment Votes for Women! by Winifred … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Best We Could Do’

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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 Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. I’m doing what I can to illuminate the relationship between the past and the present and illuminate … Read more

2020 Booker Prize Longlist

The 2020 Booker Prize Longlisted book covers: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze, The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel, Apeirogon by Colum McCann, The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward, How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. The shortlist will be announced on September 15, 2020. See previous winners of the Booker Prize » You can find … Read more

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