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: The Terrible Two
Author: Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Lexile Level: 620L
Pages: 224

Miles Murphy’s mother has gotten a new job in another town, and he has to leave his friends, his home by the ocean, and his school, where his outrageous pranks have made him famous. His new town, Yawnee Valley, is known only for the many cows located on its nearby farms. Miles is determined to make his mark at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy by pulling off even bigger and better pranks. On the first day of school, however, the students find the entrance to the school blocked by a car parked in front of the doors at the top of the stairs. The role of Yawnee Valley Master Prankster seems to be taken.

The car belongs to the principal, the officious, overbearing and yet clueless Barry Barkin. Principal Barkin decides that the new kid must be the prankster, and warns Miles that he will be watching him. To make matters worse, Miles can’t shake his assigned school buddy, the uncool, overachieving goody-goody Niles Sparks, and he is bullied by Principal Barkin’s son Josh, perennial class president and obnoxious brat.

Who is the real perpetrator of the car prank? Miles sets out to establish his reputation by going him one better with a plan to prank the whole school, but finds his prank foiled by his unknown rival. When the rival invites Miles to join forces, he’s so insulted that he starts a prank war to prove his superiority. Hilarity ensues, and more hilarity (and poetic justice) follows when the prank rivals do team up.

This book is the opener of a series that fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will enjoy. Broad caricatures, wacky plotlines, and absurd consequences abound. Cornell’s witty illustrations provide even more laughs, and perfectly complement the story.

Reviewed By: Mary


Click Here for a List of all 20 Bluestem Nominees


Created by Jen Trotta on Sep 11th, 2017 @ 3:14 PM.
Updated on Nov 27th, 2017 @ 1:13 PM.