Coming in October: Restorative practices to strengthen families, schools, and communities

Join us for the three-day Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities conference at the Main Library this October 4-6. Expanding on last fall’s restorative justice conference, this year’s conference takes a wider look at how restorative practices can be applied within families, schools, and communities. Also new this year: members of the … Read more

New library app now available

SWAN app on phone on stack of books

Putting the library in your pocket and having 24/7 mobile access just got easier! SWAN, a consortium of 97 libraries mostly in Chicago’s western suburbs, has launched a new app you can download, log into, and use to do more than just search the catalog and place holds. Features include: Get fast access to downloadable … Read more

Building community: Hear from a range of voices at the One Book finale

The following post was originally published in the Wednesday Journal as “Sharing space, making room for all voices,” a One View column by Juanita Harrell, on Tuesday, July 30. Juanita Harrell is Oak Park Public Library’s One Book coordinator and Health & Wellness Librarian. ‘Who owns the public space?” asks Linda Francis in a recent Wednesday Journal column … Read more

Reading with your ears

Kid listening to headphones

Does your child prefer listening to stories rather than reading books? Why not try digital audiobooks? “I always emphasize to parents that audiobooks are NOT cheating in any way,” says Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris. “Knowing how to listen and understand what you hear is a vital skill, and many people find it easier to pick … Read more

Accessing thousands of ebooks and audiobooks is easier than ever!

Hand holding iPhone featuring Libby

With the Libby app by OverDrive, you can borrow digital books instantly from the library’s most popular digital collection—featuring 55,000 fiction and nonfiction titles. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 10+. Need help getting started? Learn how the app works » Get one-on-one help » Visit a Tech Time Drop-In Session » Forgot your … Read more

Teen summer volunteers connecting with community

This year’s Teen Summer Volunteer program goes through the end of July, but already the community can see the efforts of the teen volunteers paying off. Since June 10, volunteer teams have been serving the community in various ways, including helping local organizations, creating outdoor public artwork, and showing younger kids why science, technology, engineering, … Read more

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