Last summer, the Oak Park Public Library implemented an adult reading program titled One Book, One Park. The idea was to provide the community with a free and fun way to connect by discussing Joshua Foer’s “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.”
Due to the event’s overwhelmingly positive feedback, the program is back for 2015 with “What We’ve Lost is Nothing,” by Rachel Louise Snyder. The novel takes place in Oak Park and tackles themes such as diversity, integration, prejudices, and tolerance.
Oak Park is widely known as a melting pot, which is why the village is an ideal setting to tackle these themes. Furthermore, discussing a novel that takes place at home will blur the line between reality and fiction, leading to many interesting discussions. Alexandra Skinner, a Reference Librarian at OPPL said the following:
“It’s really interesting to be reading a novel that takes place in the town you live in. Little details like teens hanging out at Tasty Dog… That brings a whole different aspect to the story when you can picture places from the novel not just from the description in the writing, but because you walk by it all the time.”
If you’re interested in participating, all you have to do is show up to any of the discussions. Times are as follows:
- Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m., Maze Branch
- Friday, July 10, 1 p.m., Dole Branch
- Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m., Main Library
- Monday, July 20, 10:30 a.m., Main Library: For caregivers with young children. Toys and books will be provided for babies’ and toddlers’ entertainment while adults discuss the book.
For more information, visit http://oppl.org/events-classes/summer-reading-2015.