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June 26, 2012

Oak Park Public Library News

June 26, 2012

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Spark the Future - Share your Vote

Where do you stand? Throughout July, tell us in person or on Facebook. We’ll have onsite voting stations asking you to vote for the headline you want to see about a future Oak Park. And we’ll be asking you how we can help you reach your future goals and potential.

Onsite voting schedule is:
• Main Library (June 29 through July 5)
• Dole Branch (July 6 through July 12)
• Maze Branch (July 14 through July 20)

We're juggling a lot of creative, collaborative ideas. So your vote matters, and our future together depends on it. Learn more about our future-focused and community-driven launch pad.

New Arrivals

The Bartender's Tale
Ivan Doig

A Partial History of Lost Causes
Jennifer BuBois

A World of Curiosities
John Oldale

Little Broken Hearts
Norah Jones

Current Happenings

Find your next great reading experience

We recently came across this guide to reading and walking at the same time and immediately thought of all you Oak Parkers who fill every possible moment with reading. We know you’ll never run out of books to read, but we can help with your “what to read next” dilemma. We offer up a rotating list of great reading, viewing, and listening choices on our website. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we share even more suggestions. If you need any additional motivation to read this summer, join our summer reading program for a chance to win great prizes!

Like our Friends on Facebook

Connect with the Friends of the Library at to get news about sponsored events and updates about volunteer needs. Volunteers are always needed to help sort books in advance of the Annual Book Fair held on August 3 and 4, 2012.

You can also like Oak Park Public Library at

Teens volunteer summer hours

We have a great crew of teen volunteers again this summer. The Art Attack team has already installed their original earth-friendly caterpillars and mushrooms in front of the Main Library and at Austin Gardens. Says one teen artist, “It took a surprising amount of work, but we're cool. And done. It looks so freaking amazing.” Other teen volunteers are working on a photography project inspired by the historical photo collection of Philander Barclay, designing t-shirts to advertise the teen volunteer program, searching for misplaced books, and keeping library materials in order. Read more ›

More library news

Upcoming Events

Bogie! Film Series: Key Largo
Wednesday, June 27
1:30 pm Maze Branch Library

Phat Fiction Book Discussion: Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice
Wednesday, June 27
7:00 pm Bar Louie, 1122 Lake Street

Beach Blankets and Books
Friday, June 29
10:00 am Main Library Veterans Room

Find more library events on our calendar.


Computer ABCs: C1-2
Wednesday, June 27 and Monday, July 2
9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Computer Classroom

Tech Skills: Job Searching Online
Thursday, June 28
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Main Library Small Meeting Room

Microsoft Office Lab
Monday, July 2
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Main Library Small Meeting Room

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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