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August 6, 2013

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August 6, 2013

Foodie fun at the library

Aug. & Sept. bring a wealth of foodie fun

At the Main Library: today at 2 pm, teens can make their own ice cream. On Aug. 31, local homebrewers can share their crafts at an after-hours "Homebrewers' Meetup" (21+). In September, meet The Food Network's "Best Cook in Chicago" Mark Sievers at Dole Branch (register beginning Sept. 12). Pie Off returns for the third year on Sept. 28. And don't forget our monthly "What's Cooking?" book discussions at Maze Branch. Find details in our Events calendar ›

New Arrivals

The Blessed Unrest

The Blessed Unrest
Sara Bareilles

The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling
Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Jane Austen's England

Jane Austen's England
Roy Adkins

Eating on the Wild Side

Eating on the Wild Side
Jo Robinson

Current Happenings

Lobby: Phase 1 nearly done

Completed ahead of schedule, Phase 1 will be done this week. Completed work provides physical space improvements including a new adaptable multipurpose area, available for special events and unique displays, and new energy efficient lighting. By late September, Phase 2 will bring you even better customer service and check-out experience, with tighter digital security for materials. Continue to follow our progress on Instagram

Lobby phase 1 is complete

Summer reading success

Thank you to more than 3,900 readers who dove into "20,000 Reads Under the Sea," our summer reading program for all ages. During the eight weeks of summer reading, you borrowed a total of 164,603 materials library wide! Kids completed sonar wave challenges and earned fun prizes. Teens and adults rated hundreds of books, many online. Have you checked in at Pinterest to see what your neighbors are reading?

Summer Reading success

Art exhibit deadline: Aug. 16

There's just 10 days left to submit work for inclusion in Literary Explorations. This month-long community art exhibit will celebrate 10 years in the current Main Library building and 110 years as a public library in Oak Park. Artwork should be inspired by literature, and will be displayed at all library locations. Download the Literary Explorations submission form (PDF) now ›

Seminars and services for job seekers

Job hunting? We can help

Let the library be your home office. In addition to a vast collection of career materials on our shelves, you can find access to desktop computers and laptops, printers, scanners, copiers, WiFi access and more. At the Main Library, you can attend free job seeker seminars, and gain tech training on how to use social media in your search, including LinkedIn and Facebook. Find a list of what's coming up, and more ›

Literary Explorations submission deadline approaches

More Library News

Upcoming Events

aMAZEing Art: Paint Your Plate with
Alice Ann Barnes

Saturday, Aug. 10
2 pm, Maze Branch Library

Heartland Blood Centers Blood Drive
Thursday, Aug. 15
1 to 4 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

T.O. Make: Epic Mythological
Creature Scrolls

Saturday, Aug. 17
2:30 pm, Main Library Storytime Room

Find more library events on our calendar.


Snapshots Online
Sunday, Aug. 11
2 to 3:30 pm
Dole Branch Library

Preparing for a Job Interview
Wednesday, Aug. 21
7 to 8:30 pm
Main Library Veterans Room

LinkedIn 101
Wednesday, Sept. 4
7 to 9 pm
Main Library Small Meeting Room

Find more technology learning opportunities.


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