#BuildingCommunity through the use of free public space: Arabic Calligraphy Club brings families together

Mother and son writing in Arabic

Every Saturday, a group of families gathers at the public library for Arabic Calligraphy Club. Using free meeting room space at the Main Library, they bring supplies: plain white paper, pens and markers, canvases, bottles of ink. And, of course, snacks—a tin of butter cookies, a few tomatoes, falafel, chocolate. “It’s good family time,” says … Read more

Request for proposals, instructions, and specifications for an Oak Park Public Library community needs assessment survey

Date Issued: April 9, 2019Proposals Due: May 6, 2019 The Oak Park Public Library will receive proposals for the administration of a Community Needs Assessment survey. Proposals will be accepted via email or at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60301 until 4:00 pm local time on May 6, 2019. … Read more

Teen Summer Volunteer Program 2019

Teen Summer Volunteer Program

Registration open through May 13 Teens: Make new friends, learn new skills, and serve your community! Starting the week of Monday, June 10, and continuing through Saturday, July 27, students going into (fall 2019) grades 7 and above can volunteer on teams serving the community in a variety of ways, including through art- and science-based … Read more

Celebrating National Library Workers Day: Meet our library stars

Stellar Library Workers

Know a stellar library worker? We know plenty! In 2003, an American Library Association resolution was proposed to formally recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week, now officially designated National Library Workers Day. Our Oak Park staff showcased here represent … Read more

A celebration of culture

A celebration of Holi

Last month we enjoyed sharing stories, creating, and discovering more about the Hindu spring festival Holi at Dole Branch Library! During the event, kids created a craft and learned more about Holi, also known as the “festival of colors” and the “festival of love,” through the Multicultural Collection. Mark your calendars for upcoming events featuring … Read more

Lively & the library: A story of growth

Librarian and store owner at Lively Athletics

Lively Athletics didn’t always sell kids’ shoes. In 2014, Anne Pezalla opened the store at 109 N. Oak Park Ave. with her sister Kate, selling women’s athletic clothing and shoes. In 2016, she started kicking around the idea of adding shoes for kids. She was participating in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at … Read more

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