Meet Juanta: ‘Multicultural learning teaches us to see the world beyond our neighborhoods’

‘I am passionate about multicultural education’ Juanta Griffin, a longtime Oak Park resident and arts educator, is the library’s new Multicultural Learning Coordinator. In this role, she explores and shares learning from the library’s Multicultural Collection, which is curated to help our community explore cultures and build empathy. “I am passionate about multicultural education not … Read more

Census recruiting in Oak Park: ‘A call to action’

Eric Luepke talking with a patron at the library

By Guest Writer Erich Luepke UPDATE: If you would like to learn more about working for the Census, and believe you can help our community outreach efforts, please email the author of this piece at Erich Luepke is an Oak Park resident recruiting people to apply for jobs with the 2020 Census. The opinions … Read more

Updated: Local business and COVID-19

Person shopping with medical mask on

“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help. The latest Illinois state plans and orders Read the May 5 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: Restore Illinois: A Public Health … Read more

Thank you to our volunteers

Library volunteers standing in the stacks

While our library buildings are closed and many library services have moved online, we haven’t forgotten our dedicated volunteers who are waiting to return to help at our physical locations. April is National Volunteer Month. This year, we’re feeling the difference, as we aren’t able to express our appreciation to library volunteers in person. But despite the … Read more

Hoopla error message? Try adding your PIN

Hoopla on tablet being held over a table with winter greenery

As part of ongoing efforts to increase online security and data privacy, Hoopla now requires all users to provide their library Personal Identification Number (PIN) to borrow and stream. Please note: the PIN does not replace the password you have already created to log in to your Hoopla account. You will still need to use … Read more

Request for Proposal for Wireless Access Points and IDFs Switches

Wireless Access Point

Date Issued: Monday, March 16, 2020Proposals Due: Friday, April 3, 2020, 5 pm CSTOpening and Recording: Tuesday, April 8, 2020, at 9 am CST, Main Library, Conference Room The Oak Park Public Library is requesting proposals for Wireless Access Points and IDFs Switches replacement for the Main Library. Please refer to this PDF » All questions regarding this … Read more

Better Lake Street & access to your library

Lake Street detour

Better Lake Street, the Village of Oak Park’s nearly year-long improvement project to renew, reconstruct, and resurface a primary thoroughfare near the Main Library, began March 2. It promises new concrete and asphalt roadway surfaces, replacement and restoration of water and sewer mains nearing the end of their useful service lives, and new streetscapes. MARCH 6 … Read more

Thank you, Dontaná and Jenna!

Librarians Jenna and Dontaná with books

As your (very proud) public library, we’re thrilled to share the words of two Oak Park librarians who recently served on prestigious American Library Association committees, one related to children’s literature and the other to LGBTQ+ literature. Here’s a little bit more about those meaningful experiences. Jenna: Newbery Medal ‘We…were willing to change our thoughts … Read more

Community survey results are in

Main Library at night

One thousand responses to the library’s Community Needs Assessment Survey are now available. This survey’s goals were twofold: (1) to learn more about what keeps people from using library resources and (2) to help shape how library spaces could and should be used in the future. Key findings touch upon community needs and vision, the … Read more

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