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August 21, 2012

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August 21, 2012

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Ready for School? Got Your Card?

Make sure the school-age kids in your life are ready for their first day of studies. One of the most important school supplies is an Oak Park Public Library card. Oak Park children of any age can get a library card for free. Apply online or visit the library together with your child. Parents/guardians must sign the application form for children and teens under 18 and show proof of Oak Park residency.

Looking for more? Review our reading lists for all ages or ask us during your next visit.

New Arrivals

Ultrasuede: in search of Halston

Goya's Glass
Monika Zgustova

Get Jiro!
Anthony Bourdain

Beach house

Current Happenings

Something for everyone

With speed dating for 40s+, folk music concerts, natural hair meet up, seminars for job seekers, improv workshops, and second annual Spell Yeah! the library has something for everyone. See a complete listing of our upcoming events on our online calendar. You can even customize your view by "event type" or "location." Have a recommendation for a new topic or class you'd like to see? Let us know at

Prepare for Lyric Opera season

Opera aficionados and novices alike will find plenty here to support their love of opera - including CDs, DVDs, sheet music, critical reviews, biographies of composers, and the return of the Lyric Opera lecture series. Offered once again at Oak Park Public Library and River Forest Public Library, this year's series kicks off with "Elektra" by Strauss, Sunday, September 23, 2:00 pm at Oak Park Public Library, and "Simon Boccanegra" by Verdi, Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm at River Forest Public Library. Read more ›

Now's the time to check out Louise Erdrich

Fans of Louise Erdrich are eagerly awaiting her newest book, The Round House, and her arrival in Oak Park on Tuesday, October 23 at Unity Temple. This award-winning author known for exploring Native American themes will deliver this year’s Barbara Ballinger Lecture hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Erdrich has written 13 novels, as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Check out titles in print, audio, or ebook format at the library. Read more ›

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Upcoming Events

Kids Improv Workshop
Thursday, August 23
6:30 pm Maze Branch Library

genre x Book Discussion: Salvage the Bones
Tuesday, August 28
8:00 pm Molly Malone's, 7652 Madison Street

Bogie! Film Series: In a Lonely Place
Wednesday, August 29
1:30 pm Maze Branch

Monday, September 3
We’re open 24/7 at

Find more library events on our calendar.


Job Seekers Seminar: Preparing for a Job Interview
Wednesday, August 22
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Main Library Veterans Room

Job Seekers Seminar: Tell Me About Yourself
Wednesday, August 29
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Main Library Veterans Room

Computer Help
Tuesdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm Maze Branch
(call 708-386-4751 to schedule your session)

Fridays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm Dole Branch
(call 708-386-9032 to schedule your session)

Learn more about our classes here.


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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Oak Park, IL 60304
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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