Adults & Teens: Thanks for voting!
Get ready to connect with your neighbors, family, and friends over one great title! One Book, One Oak Park will return this summer as the library's reading program for adults and teens aimed at bringing us all together.
We asked you to vote for one book (from Tuesday, March 27, through 5 pm Thursday, April 9) from a list of six titles, all recommended by library staff and exploring a theme you've told us matters most to the future of Oak Park.
Close to 500 votes (paper and online) were cast. We're now in the process of tallying those votes, and are planning an announcement of the chosen title via enews on Tuesday, April 28.
Kids: Discover your superpower
Everyone is a superhero during our upcoming summer library adventure, “Unmask!” Starting Thursday, June 4, through Friday, July 31, kids can sign up at any library location to challenge themselves with super activities, drop-in fun, and plenty of reading to find new talents and abilities.
All summer long, families will find inspiring reading and viewing choices and entertaining events. We want to share our love of reading with you and encourage lifelong learning throughout our community with motivating experiences for all ages.
Thanks to everyone who enjoyed a summer of science in 2014
More than 3,500 kids and teens signed up to discover, learn, and grow through Fizz Boom Read, the library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-based summer reading program.
One Book, One Oak Park was a new community reading experience for adults, aimed at bringing us all together over one great title. It was easy to join in the fun by attending open library book discussions, posting on Facebook and Instagram, attending science-themed events, and hosting your own talk with a Book Group Discussion Kit. Checkouts of Moonwalking with Einstein outpaced all other nonfiction titles by 10 to 1, helping our community connect as we explored the science of memory. Overall, the Main Library processed 11,000 more items through the lobby's automated return in both June and July (when compared to May.) We also hung out Google style with author Joshua Foer. Watch our interview with Joshua Foer now.
More about Moonwalking
Science journalist Joshua Foer’s best-selling title Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything was named one of the best books of 2011 by Amazon.com, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Amazon says it “recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top mental athletes. He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.”
- Read Oak Leaves' One Book Q&A with our reference librarian Alexandra Skinner
- Visit Joshua Foer's website
- Connect with Joshua Foer on Facebook
- Watch Joshua Foer's Ted Talk: Feats of memory anyone can do