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!

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!

Hour of the Bees

By: Lindsay Eagar

Lexile Level: 670L

Pages: 368

Hour of the Bees is an unusual combination of middle-school coming-of-age story and magical realism. Twelve-year-old Carol is missing a summer of pool parties and shopping trips to spend the season in the New Mexico desert, helping her family prepare the ranch of her estranged grandfather for sale. The old man is developing dementia and must be moved to a nursing home. Carol gets to know her grandfather as he tells her a strange tale of a mystical past when the desert had a healing tree, a life-giving lake, and a magical colony of bees, whose return will bring the rain that will end one hundred years of drought. Can Carol understand the truths that lie within the story, and discover the secrets in her family’s past and the key to her own future?

This book begins as a realistic story of a typical middle-schooler with worries about school, friends, an irritating older sister and the prospect of a boring summer, and develops into a mixture of fairy tale, fantasy and mystery with an action-packed conclusion. I found it to be compelling, touching and memorable throughout.

Stars 4 out of 5

Reviewed By: Mary Donovan

Click here for a list of all 20 Caudill Nominees!

Created by Jen Trotta on May 3rd, 2017 @ 1:51 PM.
Updated on Jun 26th, 2017 @ 3:10 PM.