Community Building Blocks

Outside view of Oak Park Public Library

OVERVIEW As a conclusion to its July 2018 Community Building Blocks workshop in Oak Park, the Environmental Protection Agency published a 33-page recommendation report titled “Linking Community Building Blocks for Educational, Economic and Equity Outcomes (pdf).” All local Oak Park elected officials, two-day workshop attendees, and the general public were invited on Tuesday, October 30 to … Read more

Oak Park votes yes on nonbinding referendum

Ballot with flag

The following is a joint statement from the park district, township and the library. Collaboration is vital for addressing issues, effecting change On Nov. 6, Oak Parkers approved the following nonbinding referendum: “Shall the merger and consolidation of Oak Park taxing bodies be considered, including, but not limited to, the Village of Oak Park, Oak … Read more

New sensory garden at Maze Branch brings fall fun for kids with special needs

Sensory Garden Launch

October is National Disability Awareness Month. All month, families and kids with special needs can find fun at the library, with programs featuring stories, songs, and movement, plus tools and supports to help all children be successful. The fun includes yoga, spooky stories, and exploration of our just-launched sensory garden at Maze Branch. Accessible and … Read more

Donate at the library this Socktober

Socktober

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 third year participating in Socktober. In 2017, thanks to your generosity, we collected 446 pairs of socks, as well as 50 pairs … Read more

Women and gender in Islam

Understanding the World of Islam

By Maliha Chishti Dr. Maliha Chishti is a researcher specializing in war and post-conflict peacebuilding and a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy. On Wednesday, October 3, she joins us at the Main Library at 7 pm as part of the ongoing series Understanding the World of Islam, presented in partnership with the … Read more

Be prepared: Hurricane Florence & beyond

Disasters Happen: Prepare now; Learn how: National Preparedness Month 2018: ready.gov/september (Ready.gov and FEMA)

Worried about the effects of Hurricane Florence? Find ways you can help. Resources and links on this page were curated by Oak Park’s very own librarians of practice. Related, September is National Preparedness Month. Ready.gov recommends taking time now to learn lifesaving skills, check insurance coverage, save for an emergency, and to “disaster-prepare” prepare your home—including knowing about basics … Read more

Refresh your civic knowledge: Local government, the First Amendment, and more

Civics 101

“It’s been a long time since I had a civics or a government class,” a patron wrote to us recently, requesting that the library host community workshops or classes on the workings of government. “Like Civics for Dummies or Civics 101.” You’ve told us: as citizens, you want to be engaged, empowered, and informed. As … Read more

Volunteer to tutor, mentor area youth ages 12-17

IMLS-Triton College Activating Community Opportunities

Are you ready to make a real difference? Join us this academic school year to volunteer tutor and mentor area youth ages 12-17. Apply online now! The Emerging Leaders Network, a component of IMLS Triton College Activating Community Opportunities, is designed to provide area middle school and high school students with academic support and tools for … Read more

High school hosting America to Me viewings

Still of four teens in a huddle from STARZ America to Me Documentary

Library live-streaming canceled; join us at OPRF Three years ago, Academy Award-nominated director Steve James filmed a year in the life of a dozen Oak Park and River Forest High School students. Due to overwhelming response and limited resources, we have canceled our plans to live-stream at the library. Please join us at Oak Park and … Read more

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