October 12 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Find titles & resources for all ages

Indigenous Peoples' Day

In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This day recognizes that Native peoples were the first inhabitants of North America and celebrates their history, traditions, and stories. We acknowledge that Oak Park is situated on the ancestral land of the … Read more

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

Celebrate Pride Month

Pride flag button on jacket

June is Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and the progress made toward equity and inclusion. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in New York City, held on June 28, 1970, to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Learn more about the Stonewall Uprising with … Read more

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin with Japanese Lantern

Pictured above: Cherry trees along the Tidal Basin with Japanese Lantern placed in the park in 1954. Washington, D.C. Carol M. Highsmith;, photographer, [between 1980 and 2006]. (Library of Congress) A celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, this commemorative month pays “tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who … Read more

Honoring Women’s History Month

Book covers for The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Masey, The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg, The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara, All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney, Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik, Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Held yearly in March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the U.S. On this page, find suggested fiction, nonfiction, and digital titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. And learn more about the origins of Women’s History Month at womenshistorymonth.gov. Books & films for adults … Read more

Recognizing Black History Month

Book covers for Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis, Who Put This Song On? By Morgan Parker, Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? By Kathleen Collins, Negroland: a Memoir by Margo Jefferson, Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Across the nation, we celebrate achievements of African Americans and recognize the central role of blacks in U.S. history during the month of February. On this page, find suggested fiction, nonfiction and digital titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. And learn more about the origins of Black History Month itself … Read more

November is Native American Heritage Month

Jingle Dancer book cover art

Each November, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans during National Native American Heritage Month. Learn more at nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov » Native reads for … Read more

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