Martin Luther King Day: I Have a DreamCelebrate teamwork, community, and unity with your library on these upcoming Oak Park Elementary School District 97 no school in session dates.

MLK Jr. Day's Freedom Songs with Bill Brickey

Monday, January 15, 10:30–11:15 am, Main Library Veterans Room. Learn songs that gained popularity in the 60s and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement. Sing along with Bill Brickey from the Old Town School of Folk Music, who will be performing his show in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. All ages.

Take Action with Peace Chains

Monday, January 15, 2–3 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. Join us to brainstorm words, messages, and actions of peace, which we will use to create a group peace chain. Best for kids ages 3-13, with a caregiver for kids ages 7 and younger.

Art for social change: Sanctuary City Postcards

Friday, January 26, 11 am–12 pm, Dole Branch. Consider what it means to be a welcoming community. We’ll explore items from our Special Collections and Multicultural Collection, then create postcards illustrating what we’ve learned. Best for ages 5+. Related...

  • In February 2017, Oak Park became a “sanctuary city” by passing a Welcoming Village ordinance. Village staff, including police officers, do not collect information on residents’ or visitors’ immigration status, and decline to assist federal immigration enforcement operations. More >
  • The Oak Park Art League’s “Sanctuary City” postcard project creatively explores Oak Park’s Welcoming Village ordinance, human rights, and diversity. The postcards will be included in a May 2018 exhibit at the Art League in its Art for Social Change series. More >