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!

The Seventh Most Important Thing

By: Shelley Pearsall

Lexile Level: 760L

Pages: 288

Thirteen-year-old Arthur Owens is devastated by the death of his father, and angry that his mother has disposed of his father’s things. When he sees the neighborhood’s “junk man” wearing his father’s old hat, he hurls a brick at the man, breaking his arm. Arrest and a court date follow, and Arthur’s sentence consists of helping the junk man, James Hampton, by taking over his rounds, rooting through the neighborhood’s trash cans for what James calls “the seven most important things” – glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, light bulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. As the weeks pass, Arthur learns why those things are so important, and in doing so, learns about friendship, art and redemption.

The story is set in 1963, and the figure of James Hampton is based on the folk artist of the same name. Arthur is a relatable middle-school boy with an ordinary life who must cope with a host of changes. The arc of their story shows, in a graceful and believable way, how people can overcome painful losses to find connection, growth, and love. I highly recommend this moving and inspiring book.

Stars 5 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 @ 9:29 AM.
Updated on Jun 12th, 2017 @ 10:27 AM.