Oak Lawn Library brings back ‘One Book, One Oak Lawn’ reading program – The Southland Journal


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Oak Lawn Library is bringing back the One Book, One Oak Lawn reading program (Oak Lawn, IL) – The adult and teen reading program “One Book, One Oak Lawn” returns this summer at the Oak Lawn Public Library, located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Through One Book, the library hopes to encourage community dialogue and sharing of ideas by focusing on one book.

The library selected “Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas Tallamy as the community read, which proposes “a new approach to conservation that starts in your garden.” Preserving the backyard is an important part of life in Oak Lawn, as evidenced by the oak trees and beloved lawns that give the village its name, plus parks and community gardens.

“Nature’s Best Hope” is available as an abridged paperback or an extended hardcover. The Library will have enough of both versions available so that patrons can choose the reading style that suits them best. On the second floor of the library, books are available to check out, along with a series of reading questions for anyone who wants to set up their own book reviews.

Cicadas, urban birdwatching, state parks, nature crafts and native plants will be topics during library programs for adults, teens and seniors this summer. Librarian Julia Churchill, head of the Adult Young Adult Department, explains, “We are bringing in experts from the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners program, the Sagawau Environmental Learning Center and the Cook County Farm Bureau to help our patrons learn more. to learn about the nature around them.”

Kim Sigafus, an author and Illinois Humanities Road Scholar, will present the keynote talk “Native American Gardens” at the Oak Lawn Public Library on Thursday, June 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She will wear native regalia from her Ojibwa heritage and present native gardening techniques such as companion planting.

Sigafus looks forward to sharing native gardening traditions and native plant seeds with attendees. “I think there is some merit in going back to the way things were traditionally planted. I think we forget that plants are used to growing on their own, and sometimes adding things to that mixture is not a good thing,” said Sigafus.

One Book, One Oak Lawn began in 2016 and was intended to be published every two years. OLPL is now restarting the program after a four-year hiatus due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

The library will host the following featured programs throughout the summer:

  • Seniors, Bee Vault in the Garden (registration required). Thursday June 6, 10-11 am
  • Join One Book Club and Nature Craft (registration required). Friday June 7, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Native Plant Starter Garden (registration required). Saturday, June 15, 1 p.m
  • Beyond Starved Rock – Our amazing state parks in Illinois. Saturday June 15, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Native American Gardens – Keynote Talk, Thursday, June 20, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Cicadas and backyard insects. Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Easy care tips for your lawn. Wednesday, July 10, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Urban bird watching. Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Visit the Oak Lawn Public Library website at for a complete list of One Book programs and descriptions, or call the library at 708-422-2990 for more information.

Oak Lawn Library is bringing back the One Book, One Oak Lawn reading program