Free mental health assessments available


The library, in partnership with Rush University Medical Center is offering free mental health assessments (through prescheduled appointments) for children and adults on Wednesdays from 9:30 am-1:30 pm at the Main Library. A Rush psychologist will conduct the onsite assessment. To learn more about these free assessments and to schedule an appointment, please contact Rob … Read more

Help children #GearUpForWinter

Cradles to Crayons #GearUpForWinter

On Saturday, October 19, donate new and like-new children’s essential items to Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides children living in low-income and homeless situations with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. Donations will be collected from 10 am to 1 pm in the Main Library Lobby. Most … Read more

Inclusion is a driving force behind my library work

Shelley Harris with Adapted Boardmaker book

By Shelley Harris October brings us the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of fall, and has been chosen to highlight awareness of many disability communities. It’s a time to call for acceptance of and advocacy for people who process the world in diverse ways, including those who use communication aids to speak, have Down … Read more

Socktober is here! Donations welcome

Socktober! Donate new socks here!

RELATED: Film Screening & Discussion: The Public, October 27 » Socks are consistently among the most requested items at homeless shelters. All October, we’re collecting new pairs at all library locations to benefit the clients of Housing Forward and other organizations. It’s our fourth year participating in Socktober. In 2018, thanks to your generosity, we … Read more

Health Literacy Month: Take charge of your health

Because quality information helps you make better health decisions, U.S. National Library of Medicine National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Libraries Transform #LibrariesTransform

Observed each October, Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. Learn more at » Want to take charge of your health? Your public library can help you access trusted health information through online resources, books, and more. Plus, join us … Read more

Thanks for sharing all the great ways you use your library card

10 great ways

All September long, also #LibraryCardSignUp Month, Oak Parkers shared with us their favorites ways to use their cards. Many ways mentioned the joy of finding new releases, borrowing books to feed curiosities, and checking out titles that provide “the ability to be transported by compelling information and stories.” Here are 10 more unique ways that … Read more

You—and public libraries across the country—are facing a different type of censorship

Visit to sign the petition

“Banned Books Week, being celebrated this year from September 22-28, usually is about challenging outright censorship,” wrote Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library, for a recent opinion piece published in his hometown newspaper. Now, “publisher Macmillan’s new e-book embargo must be challenged too.” We couldn’t agree more, Kent! Ebook embargo limits what libraries … Read more

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