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Feb. 18, 2014

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Feb. 18, 2014

Declaration of the Right to Libraries

Abe & Mary have signed it. Have you?

Thank you for showing your support! We've collected more than 1,600 signatures for the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, a movement to support all types of libraries across the nation. Yesterday, "President and Mrs. Lincoln," pictured above with Executive Director David Seleb, stopped by Main Library Idea Box to show support. Haven't signed yet? There's still time. Sign at any library location through Feb. 26. If you can't make it in, be sure to listen to the Declaration and sign online ›

New Arrivals

Smith Tapes

Smith Tapes
Lou Reed

Leaving the Sea

Leaving the Sea
Ben Marcus

Teen Spirit

Teen Spirit
Francesca Lia Block


Anya Ulinich

Current Happenings

We want to learn from you

What do you want for the future of Oak Park? How can the library help us get there? Join us for a Community Conversation and let's learn from each other. Executive Director David Seleb kicks off this new library initiative at 10 am or 7 pm tomorrow at the Main Library. Be part of the open dialogue, guided by specific questions, and share your needs and aspirations for the community. Learn more about Community Conversations ›

Created Equal series

'Shockingly Modern' begins

Explore 20th Century Modernist architecture through "Shockingly Modern" lectures. This three-part Main Library series, Thursdays at 7 pm, is presented in collaboration with Pleasant Home Foundation. Beginning Feb. 20, Chicago Art Deco Society's Keith Bringe kicks things off with rare and newly discovered archival images of buildings built between 1915 and 1940. Susan Benjamin shares the development of the modern house on Feb. 27, and Anthony Rubano explores postwar suburban housing on March 6. Read more ›

Shockingly Modern

Balancing technology and play

Join us Saturday, March 1, at 2 pm for Raising Digital Natives, a Main Library workshop just for parents. Amanda Armstrong from Chicago’s Erikson Institute for Child Development will teach you how to balance emerging technologies with traditional play and learning, including best practices for parents and caregivers on how to use technology as a learning tool with young children. Register to attend ›

Raising Digital Natives


Our teen web presence has a new look and great new content. Visit to find featured and upcoming events for teens, resources and tools for homework help, volunteer opportunities, and new items, including books, graphic novels, and music selected by our teen librarians. Check it out

Just for Teens

Oscarthon moves to Maze

Our 6th Annual Oscar Day Marathon moves to Maze Branch. Join us Thursday, Feb. 27 for a day of Academy Award nominated films, plus popcorn, trivia, and prizes. This year's lineup includes Gravity, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Captain Phillips. What better way to prepare for Hollywood's big night? Stop in to see one film, or enjoy them all. See the Oscarthon schedule ›


More Library News

Upcoming Events

Learn to Upcycle Old T-Shirts
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 pm
Dole Branch Library

The Great Maze Chili Cook-Off
Register to compete
Saturday, March 1, 12:30 pm
Maze Branch Library

T.O.: The LAB
Monthly Tween Advisory Board
Thursday, March 13, 4:30 pm
Main Library Locker Lounge

Find more library events on our calendar.


Preparing for a Job Interview
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2 to 4 pm
Main Library Veterans Room

Genealogy Online
Thursday, Feb. 27, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Computer Classroom

Facebook 101
Tuesday, March 11, 9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Computer Classroom

Find more technology learning opportunities.


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