Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Pictured above: Detail of Maíz Flor Serpiente/ Flower Maize Serpent commissioned digital art work by the Indigenous Design Collection, 2015. (Smithsonian Latino Center) A celebration of Hispanic Americans, this commemorative month (held September 15-October 15) honors “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and … 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

Titles to help you prioritize self-care

Relaxing bath tub scene

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Did you know that September is self-care month? No? Neither did we, but what a time to find out! Self-care is simply taking the time and making decisions that prioritize wellness and happiness. It’s about relaxation, mindfulness, and taking steps to reduce stress. Self-care looks different for everyone. If you’ve … Read more

Books to commemorate 100 years of the 19th Amendment

Person holding American flag and wearing vote button

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Passed 100 years ago on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed and protected women’s right to vote. Celebrate this milestone with these title suggestions for all ages! Have questions about voting in the upcoming presidential election? Get answers » Books commemorating the 19th Amendment Votes for Women! by Winifred … Read more

Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Best We Could Do’

The Best We Could Do Cover Art

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 Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. I’m doing what I can to illuminate the relationship between the past and the present and illuminate … Read more

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

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