Hulu’s ‘Normal People’: Watched it? Read these!

Sally Rooney on table with plant and pencil

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Whether you read it when it first came out, want to read it before you start the new series, or just finished the series and want the source material, we’ve got you covered. Hulu’s Normal People, based on Sally Rooney’s book, tackles the damaging effects of secrets and miscommunications.  You … Read more

Books in Brief, episode 4: Need some comfort reading? Try these titles!

Books in Brief with book covers for We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry, Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Need some book recommendations but don’t have a lot of time? Your librarians are here to help! Don’t miss the fourth episode of Books in Brief, a new video series featuring four great digital title recommendations in about two minutes. Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton recommends four titles to bring a little comfort to your … 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

The best cookbooks of 2020

Assorted cooking spices

Whether you’re using this time to cook and bake up a storm or you just love beautiful cookbooks (we certainly do!), check out this year’s James Beard Foundation Book Awards nominees and some of our favorite digital titles available from Hoopla, Media on Demand & Libby, Pressreader, and Flipster. If you haven’t yet, you need … Read more

Cover stories: Floral covers to brighten up your spring

Flowering tree

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Flowers are a perennial (get it?) favorite of cover designers. According to the language of flowers, each flower has its own meaning and can make a statement in combination. Perhaps the flowers on these covers give hints about the story. You can find all of the title suggestions below available … Read more

Virtual library programs connect regulars, draw new participants

Video chat screen

Like so much else these days, our monthly library groups for writers, performers, language learners, and more are now meeting virtually. While all in-person programs are canceled through August, these online programs are drawing new participants as well as regulars. For example, Oak Parkers who joined the virtual French Conversation Hour in April met new … Read more

Hoopla Bonus Borrows: Extended through May 31, now featuring 1,500+ titles

Read, Listen, and Watch for Adults Hoopla Bonus Borrows: Covers for Welcome to the Pine Aware Motel and Cabins; Still Standing Season 1; Snow, Glass, Apples; Imagine Dragons Origins; Pieces of Her

With Hoopla Bonus Borrows, you can download and stream even more titles—all without using up any of your monthly borrows—through May 31. (Did we mention monthly borrows are now increased to 30 a month?) Explore new additions to the Bonus Borrows collection below! If you haven’t yet, you need to add your PIN to your … Read more

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