Building community: Beehives at the Main Library

Bees on hand

As part of our ongoing focus to sustain the natural environment and to offer new opportunities to learn, this spring we installed two beehives, buzzing with up to 20,000 Italian honeybees, on the Main Library’s Green Roof. With our two hives, the library joins a small community of beekeepers in Oak Park—including resident hobbyists, the … Read more

Partnering for equity in education

How do you close the “homework gap”? In part, by working together. On Monday, June 10, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Senior Director of Technology Michael Arensdorff, and Oak Park Public Library Director David J. Seleb presented a webinar entitled “Closing the Homework Gap: … Read more

Middle schoolers matter

Three kids holding a giant cookie

We know the middle school years can be a time when kids need even more adult guidance, places to go, and things to do. That’s why, in addition to two full-time librarians who work with middle and high schoolers, we recently added two more staff members dedicated to serving tweens and teens. And now that … Read more

Resources to explore recent news, local history

Stack of newspapers

Keep connected, stay informed Discover anywhere, anytime access to a variety of online resources, connecting you to regional news and local history. Search multiple Chicagoland newspapers at the same time, including Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and Oak Leaves. Explore NewsBank Chicago » Access historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including Oak Leaves (1902-1977), with searchable articles, … Read more

Early learning tips for kids, infants, June 2019

Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Hello, Early Bird Readers! In today’s video, Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share ways to work on emotional dictionaries and self-regulation with children, and share their favorite picture book to use with social-emotional learning. Borrow The Rabbit Listened » About Early Bird Readers Early Bird Readers is a digital early learning program to support parents, … Read more

What’s trending, what we suggest for June

Book covers of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo, Never a City so Real by Alex Kotlowitz, Nature's Metropolis by William Cronon, Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Wondering what to read or watch next? We’ve got you covered with selections handpicked by our librarians! This June, celebrate Pride Month with our librarians’ favorite reads, explore travel memoirs to inspire your next trip, and discover Chicago history. Celebrate Pride Month Explore travel memoirs Discover Chicago history What our librarians are loving Check what … Read more

Get free Ravinia tickets at A Day in Our Village

Ravinia

Love free live music and the great outdoors? We’ve got good news for you! Highland Park-based Ravinia Festival has once again generously offered Oak Park Public Library cardholders a selection of free tickets to summer concerts. Through Ravinia’s Words & Music outreach program, specific dates are available for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Martin Theater Concerts. Tickets are … Read more

‘We’re inextricably connected’

In this summer’s One Book, One Oak Park series, we’re connecting over Eric Klinenberg’s Palaces for the People, which looks at how open, accessible spaces can promote civic engagement and social interaction. The author uses the term “social infrastructure” to describe public libraries, parks, schools, community gardens, and other places where people assemble and engage. … Read more

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