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!

2018 Caudill Nominees!

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!

The Bitter Side of Sweet

By: Tara Sullivan

Lexile Level: 810L

Pages: 299

15 year old Amadou and his 8 year old brother Seydou are in a labor camp on the Ivory Coast of Africa.  In order to stay alive, every day they work tirelessly to collect cacao pods.  However, Amadou’s job is twice as hard, because he is trying to protect his brother and the only girl in camp. The twist in the middle of the book has you wondering if the three will ever make it out alive.  All three characters are developed so well that you can vividly see the scenes play out in your mind.

This is a story of children fighting to survive. It is inspired by real-life events that are occurring in Africa daily. It is definitely for mature readers, because sensitive topics such as slavery, abuse, and death are the basis of this story.

Reviewed By: Jen T.

Click Here for a List of all 20 Caudill Nominees

Created by Jen Trotta on Jun 9th, 2017 @ 2:50 PM.
Updated on Jun 14th, 2017 @ 10:26 AM.