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

Bluestem Book of the Week!

2018 Bluestem Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2018 Bluestem Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Bluestem Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!

Title: Dash
Author: Kirby Larson
Lexile Level: 570
Pages: 243
Recommendations & Comments: One of the great things about historical fiction books is that they take events that seem long ago and far away, and they make them immediate and personal. Dash is inspired by a true story about a girl separated from her beloved dog. What's keeping them apart is one of the worst chapters from America's past, when it imprisoned its own Japanese-American citizens during World War II. It's bad enough reading about it as history, but Larson's story about Mitsi and her family is full of telling details. The fear that turns classmates and friends into bullies. The loss of treasured possessions from their home. The constant dust, mud, heat, and cold of the desert camps.

All of which sounds like it could be a downer, but it's not. Although they have plenty of setbacks, Mitsi and the others also band together to help each other, drawing strength from kindness and from their own skills. Her father helps people build furniture from scrap. Her grandmother knits clothes with other women, and her brother makes deliveries. Mitsi is sometimes frustrated, miserable, and lonely, but with help she finds ways to make friends and brighten others' lives. If only she could be with Dash again...

Reviewed By: Mr. Tom

Click Here for a List of all 20 Bluestem Nominees

Created by Jen Trotta on Sep 11th, 2017 @ 3:20 PM.
Updated on Dec 14th, 2017 @ 9:05 AM.