Community Members,

To keep our patrons and employees out of harm’s way, the Library will not be open for regular business until at least Wednesday, April 8. Of course this timeline is subject to change based on the latest recommendations from health professionals. By preventing people from gathering together, we can slow-down the spread of this dangerous virus.

The Library has stopped charging for overdue materials and we will waive existing fines. Due dates for checked-out items will adjust with our closure dates. For your safety and ours, please do not return materials while we are closed.

Though the building is not accessible for now, the Library still provides a number of resources you can use from home. Staff members are adding updates to our website and Facebook page on a daily basis. You may download e-books and audiobooks; stream movies, television shows and music; read digital newspapers and magazines; and participate in online classes. Explore the website for more information about virtual opportunities and be sure to check-out the Library’s Local History page. There are all kinds of great images and descriptions about Oak Lawn’s past.

We are now looking at ways to provide limited remote services to patrons. Be sure to stay connected through our website and our social media outlets for updates. And please, please, please continue to take all necessary precautions.

We hope to see you back at the Library very soon,
Jim Deiters, Director

Caudill Book of the Week!

Have you read any of the 2018 Caudill Books?

20 books are nominated every year for the Caudill Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.

Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

By: Leslie Connor

Lexile Level: 540
Pages: 382

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook (All Rise for the rest of the review) is a story about a boy raised in a minimal security prison by his mother, the warden and the rest of the inmates. The story begins with Perry being forced to leave the prison and live with the District Attorney, who is the step-father of his best friend, and the person who is actively blocking his mother’s parole, Thomas VanLeer. On the positive side of things, the book does a great job on getting into the heads of the adults, especially Perry’s mother and Thomas VanLeer. Older or more advanced readers will be able to relate to those characters as well as Perry. On the other hand, the book has a completely idealized view of what a prison is, with it being co-ed, a zero recidivism rate, and inmates that are guilty really aren’t. If a child is looking for a realistic book on what being in a prison is like, I would recommend something like Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

Stars 4/5
Reviewed By: Kevin Egan

Created by Jen Trotta on May 3rd, 2017 @ 1:41 PM.
Updated on Jun 12th, 2017 @ 10:41 AM.