One great summer read to build community
One Book, One Oak Park returns for its third summer, connecting family, friends, and neighbors over one great title.
Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me , a #1 New York Times best-seller and winner of the National Book Award, is the 2016 selection. Related One Book, One Oak Park events, including panel and book discussions, are scheduled in June and July. See full list of events on this page.
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. Watch this video  to learn more and get a flavor of this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title.
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 multiple formats, including print and digital editions. Log in to request your copy now. 
Want to talk about the title with your own group? New this year: book discussion bags available through the catalog . Each is loaded with 10 copies of the book, discussion questions and more. When done, you can choose to keep the bag, and return only the books. Here are PDFs of what is inside each bag:
- How to start a book group 
- Author background 
- Discussion questions 
- What to read next 
- Reader survey  (return at any library location)
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," happening at all library locations Wednesday, June 1 through 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 >