Living History: Led by youth, for youth

Living History Project

“Some people have a tendency of underestimating young people,” said Middle School Librarian Jose Cruz. “When sometimes it’s that we’re not providing them with something that is interesting for them, so you won’t see the results.” That hasn’t been the case for the Living History Project, a grant-funded initiative that’s formed a tight-knit group of … 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

Summer learning for teen volunteers

Teens posing in front of a mural in progress

UPDATE: This summer’s Forum Theatre Experience at the Oak Park Public Library empowers area youth, offering creative exploration around ways you and others can intervene in—and potentially reduce—bullying. To learn more about the Forum Theatre Experience, watch these videos. Notice the background? It’s a mural also being created by Teen Summer Volunteers. Stay tuned for the … Read more

Supporting summer fun

Covers of books: Who is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht, Text Me When You Get Home by Kyle Schaefer, Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, Calypso by David Sedaris, A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey, Sociable by Rebecca Harrington, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, This Is Me: Loving the person you are today by Chrissy Metz; Florida by Lauren Groff, and Love Rules by Joanna Coles

Visit a Chicago-area museum The Museum Adventure Pass program provides special offers and discounts to library cardholders at unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area. Participating destinations include beautiful outdoor spaces such as Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, and Chicago Botanic Garden, historical facilities such as Oak Park’s Pleasant Home Foundation and Naper Settlement, and kid-centric … Read more

Spring break at your library

Opting for a staycation this spring break? Join us for events and activities at your library while school is out for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 March 26-31. Browse all Kids & Families events >American Girl Mystery EventMonday, March 26, 2–3:30 pm, Dole Branch. Decipher the clues and interact with Multicultural Collection artifacts relating to the historical dolls to solve the mystery. Get ready to explore history, learn about Victory Gardens with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, and more! Best for ages 5+. Dress-up encouraged. Please note: Dole Branch will be open during the hours of this event for event attendees only.Kids’ Improv WorkshopMonday, March 26, 6:30–7:30 pm, Maze Branch. Join us for fun and games that are sure to test your quick-thinking skills. Grades 1–4.Spring Break CraftingLaugh, have fun, and create! Ages 4+.Tuesday, March 27, 2–3 pm, Maze BranchThursday, March 29, 2–3 pm, Dole BranchFilm Screening: Despicable Me 3Wednesday, March 28, 2–4 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. (PG, 90 minutes)More Than a Mic: Transgender Day of VisibilityWednesday, March 28, 5–7 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Speak out against transphobia and oppression through performance and visual art at this spoken-word freestyle open mic, part of the library's More Than a Month series.

Opting for a staycation this spring break? Join us for events and activities at your library while school is out for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 March 26-31. Browse all Kids & Families events » American Girl Mystery Event Monday, March 26, 2–3:30 pm, Dole Branch. Decipher the clues and interact with Multicultural Collection … Read more

New college and career readiness initiative launches at the library

100 Percent College and Career Ready

Institute of Museum and Library Services awards $150,000 grant to deliver new college and career readiness initiative The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a 2017 national leadership grant to Triton College. The $150,000 grant supports a new initiative developed in partnership with Triton, the Oak Park-based Equity Team, Inc. … Read more

A burst of creativity

Hacking Hemingway comic

See all student work here and by searching Twitter with #HackingHemingway Tweens and teens are digital learners, creators Inspired by old Hemingway family photos digitized earlier this year through a state grant to the library, Oak Park tweens and teens showed “a burst of creativity” in their classrooms and at the library this spring, said the grant’s Digital Learning Resident Alex Nall. A … Read more

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