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November 26, 2013

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November 26, 2013

Barbara Ballinger & Louise Erdrich

Support your library; become a Friend

The annual Friends of the Oak Park Public Library membership drive is here. Each year, membership funds help bring our community high-profile events such as the well-loved Annual Book Fair, the Barbara Ballinger Lecture and the Writers at Wright Lecture Series, as well as free library events you've come to depend on: summer reading programs, folk concerts and more. Tax-deductible memberships are available at multiple levels and, new for 2014, offer early/free admission to the Annual Book Fair. So many great reasons to become a Friend. Join now ›

New Arrivals

Pushin' Against a Stone

Pushin' Against
a Stone

Valerie June



The Creeps

The Creeps
John Connolly

House Beautiful Color

House Beautiful Color
Lisa Cregan

Current Happenings

Welcome Cynthia Landrum

We are excited to introduce Cynthia Landrum, our new Assistant Director for Public Services. A national library leader, she brings a professional passion for learning and empowering communities. “We are thrilled to have Cyndee join our team,” said Executive Director David Seleb. “Her professional mission to be part of a learning organization that empowers its community by creating opportunities for discovery, experimentation, and creation fits so well with our plans." Meet Cyndee ›

Cynthia Landrum, Assistant Director for Public Services

Acts of Faith discussion

The community-wide Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys’ series returns to the Main Library on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Join us for a scholar-led discussion of Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel at 6:30 pm. The series, designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Islamic art, culture and history, is co-sponsored by Oak Park Public Library, River Forest Public Library and Dominican University’s Rebecca Crown Library. It continues through March 2014. Learn more ›

Muslim Journeys

T.O. fun for tweens

Library fun for kids 9-12! Join us at T.O.: The LAB on Thursdays, Dec. 12 and Jan. 9, at 4:30 pm. These monthly Lounge Advisory Board meetups give kids the opportunity to hang out, get involved and help plan future activities. Coming in January: Cupcake Wars on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 4 pm and Guys Read, just for boys ages 9-12, on Friday, Jan. 24. No need to pre-read anything, boys - just show up. Get all the details ›

Tween Only events

Local authors visit Main Library

Meet local authors when they visit the Main Library this December. Kicking off Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 pm is Peter Stamatis, who co-wrote Dandelions for Dinner with his father. Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky discusses Strings Attached Monday, Dec. 2, garden designer Jeanne Nolan (pictured) shares From the Ground Up Tuesday, Dec. 3, and former D97 teacher Joseph Berton presents his biography of T.E. Lawrence Thursday, Dec. 5, all at 7 pm. Read more ›

Author Jeanne Nolan

More Library News

Upcoming Events

Teen Craft: Danish Hearts
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4 pm
Main Library Small Meeting Room

Embellished Bones:
An Artist Lecture and Demonstration

Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 pm
Maze Branch Library

Storytime & Craft with Holly Holiday
Mon., Dec. 9, 10:30 am, Maze Branch
Wed., Dec. 11, 10:30 am, Dole Branch

Find more library events on our calendar.

Book Discussions

What's Cooking? Cookie Swap:
Martha Stewart's Cookies

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 pm
Maze Branch Library

genre X Holiday Book Swap
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 8 pm
Fitzgerald's SideBar, Berwyn

Read and Reflect: Incognito:
The Secret Lives of the Brain

Friday, Dec. 20, Noon
Dole Branch Library

Find more library book discussions.


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