Library to close at 6 pm Tuesday, all day Wednesday

Weather Forecast

Due to the National Weather Service’s forecast and wind chill watch—in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning—all library buildings will close at 6 pm Tuesday and will remain closed all day Wednesday, January 30. The library expects to open for regular hours on Thursday, January 31. For updates, check oppl.org, and the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. According to … Read more

Community Building Blocks

Outside view of Oak Park Public Library

Read the report 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) » Moving forward All local Oak Park elected officials, two-day workshop attendees, and the general public were invited … 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

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