One of Oak Park's strengths as a community is its history of sharing experiences, a sharing that breaks down barriers and leads to greater understanding between people. The Oak Park Public Library has always been part of that history and that sharing — leading and facilitating conversations and providing spaces for discussion and learning.
This summer, we at the library will continue that important tradition with One Book, One Oak Park, our reading program for adults. Nothing pleases us more than bringing books and people together, and so we are especially excited about everyone in Oak Park coming together to read and discuss author and science journalist Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.
Moonwalking with Einstein, named one of the best books of 2011 by the New York Times, is Joshua Foer's story of how he transformed his average memory into one prepared for the challenge of the USA Memory Championships. His tale is about why memory really matters, why our memories often seem to fail us, and what we can do to improve our memories. As one who often cannot remember why he opened the refrigerator door, I can't wait to read Foer's book and learn what he learned about transforming my memory.
Please join your neighbors and us and participate in One Book, One Oak Park this summer. Moonwalking with Einstein is available now at all Oak Park Public Library locations in paper, audio, and e-book formats. There will be many ways to get involved, including library-led book discussions, opportunities to host your own book groups, social media events, and a concluding celebration at the main library on Thursday, July 31.
Read and share your experiences with us!
David J. Seleb
Oak Park Public Library