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: Soar
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Lexile Level: 510L
Pages: 304

Sixth-grader Jeremiah has had to stop playing baseball because he’s had a heart transplant. But he thinks he’s found the next best thing when his adoptive single father is offered a temporary consulting job in the baseball-obsessed town of Hillcrest, Ohio. Jeremiah plans to settle in for a season of cheering the town’s high school team, the six-time state champion Hillcrest Hornets.

Jeremiah gets a new medical team in Ohio to continue to monitor his heart, and begins his season of super-fandom. But when the high school team is rocked by a doping scandal and is suspended, the town turns against baseball. Jeremiah decides to revive the middle school team, decimated since its coach was fired for driving his players too hard. Jeremiah sets out to recruit additional players, coach the team himself, and restore his school’s – and the town’s – faith in baseball.

Jeremiah is an appealing character, bright, confident, and funny, facing the challenges of making friends in a new town, building a cohesive team, and coping with his own uncertain medical condition with equal parts determination, imagination and pluck.

Reviewed By: Mary Donovan

Click Here for a List of all 20 Bluestem Nominees

Created by Jen Trotta on Aug 10th, 2017 @ 10:14 AM.
Updated on Nov 13th, 2017 @ 4:47 PM.