Summer reading for kids
For babies through kids entering grade 9 this fall, get brains and bodies moving with the library’s sports-themed summer learning adventure, “Read for the Win.” Start reading now, then stop in with your updated reading log for prizes, any time between Wednesday, June 1-Friday, July 29. More > 
Summer experiences for teens
For students entering grades 8-12 this summer. Apply only online  before May 23 for a fun and unique experience as an entrepreneur, a Rising Reader mentor, a volunteer, and an artist exploring themes of social change. More > 
One great summer read to build community
Why this title?
This summer's selection explores a theme Oak Parkers have told us matters most to them, and to this community’s future. The title was chosen by a library team that consulted results from library staff and patron surveys asking for the top titles of 2015. Especially personal and compelling, Between the World and Me  is a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son regarding the subject of race.
More about Between the World and Me
More specifically, the book is Coates’ attempt to share with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. It is beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, and while it clearly illuminates the past, it bracingly confronts our present and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Individual copies are available in mulitple formats, including print and digital editions. Log in to request your copy now. 
Book discussion kits
Want to talk about the title with your own book group? Kits will be available for checkout by May 10. Each kit will include 10 copies of the book, suggested discussion questions, and author resources. All kit contents will come in a customized One Book, One Oak Park canvas bag. When your group is finished discussing the book, you can choose to keep the bag and materials, and just return the books.