We suggest: Banned Books Week

Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read during Banned Books Week.

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Every year during Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3 this year), the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates the freedom to read by recognizing books that have been challenged, censored, and banned in libraries and schools. The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most … Read more

We suggest: Iowa Writers’ Workshop edition

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph This October, we’re excited to welcome Claire Lombardo as the speaker at this year’s Ballinger Lecture, held virtually on Zoom, on Sunday, October 11, 2-3 pm. And we’re also thrilled that so many Oak Parkers read and loved Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had. In honor of her upcoming virtual … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) romance titles

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton It’s time to give some under-the-radar romances all the love! Celebrate the end of Romance Awareness Month with these recent releases. Romance titles you might have missed Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras Why you should try it: Longing for a beach vacation with a beach read? This sweet romance … 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

‘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

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