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!

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

By: Don Brown

Pages: 93

Lexile Level: GN 920 L

In this nonfiction graphic novel account of the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005, Brown juxtaposes the facts of the disaster with evocative artwork and quotes from those who went through it. He takes us from a gentle wind blowing off Africa and building in ferocity, all the way through to rebuilding efforts as late as 2012. In between are stories of bad decisions, various attempts to escape or survive, bravery, cowardice, destruction, and above all, the suffering of the people. Brown does not editorialize, but the selected facts still indict the official response. While art representing the people individualizes them, it limits facial features. Suffering still comes through, and death is depicted, notably in drowned victims, but it is not sensationalized.


Reviewed By: Mr. Tom

Click here for a list of all 20 Caudill Nominees


Created by Jen Trotta on May 27th, 2017 @ 2:22 PM.
Updated on Aug 21st, 2017 @ 10:13 AM.