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!

Listen Slowly

By: Thanhha Lai

Pages: 260

Lexile Level: 800L


Mai (Mia) is really upset that she has to spend the summer before 7th grade in Vietnam. She would much rather stay at home in California with her mom (a lawyer) and hang out around at the beach. Instead, she is going with her dad (a doctor) and her grandma, Ba, in order to try and find out what really happened to her grandpa, Ong, in 1975 when he was officially declared MIA at the end of the Vietnam War. The book shows how Mai, who at first was aghast at the conditions people lived in, learns how important cultural heritage is to the people of Vietnam. She makes friends and learns about her ancestors by listening to the stories of Ba and other people in the village.

Reviewed By: Jen T.

Click Here for a List of all 20 Caudill Nominees

Created by Jen Trotta on May 27th, 2017 @ 2:32 PM.
Updated on Aug 29th, 2017 @ 1:07 PM.