Share your recipes, stories in community cookbook

As featured this week in the Wednesday Journal’s 40th anniversary edition, we are inviting everyone to add their treasured recipes to a growing virtual community cookbook. It’s meant to bring together and reflect the many cultures, tastes, and traditions of the Oak Park community. We know recipes, especially those passed down through generations, can build connections … Read more

‘The Vanishing Half’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

The Vanishing Half book cover with leaf background

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton I love how much our community uses the library. Sometimes that means waiting for the hottest titles. Don’t fret! I can help you find a similar reading experience to THAT book you are waiting for or that you finally read and loved.  The Vanishing Half read-alikes The Complete Fiction … Read more

What to read next: Gothic revivals

Castle on hill

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Gothic novels have a reputation for being dark, foreboding, and full of creepy houses. But they’re also known for being classics. Think Frankenstein and Dracula, Jane Eyre and Carmilla. The novels featured here are recent entries to the gothic scene, taking everything we love about the classics and adding something … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘1919’

1919 book cover

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 1919 by Eve L. Ewing. Watch Eve L. Ewing read from 1919 in the video below and view her post-reading interview on YouTube » “I became … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Refugees’

The Refugees on pastel-colored boards

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 Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. “Refugees are the unwanted from wherever they come from, and they’re often unwanted where they come to. And especially … 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

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘Queenie’

Collage of multiple Queenie covers in a variety of colors

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 Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. “I think if you’re a Black woman, I want you to learn that you’re less lonely. And if you’re not, I … Read more

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