Art in the library: Inspiring empathy, connection

In November, two traveling art exhibits that inspire empathy and connection are on display at the Main Library. When Home Won’t Let You Stay, in the Idea Box, shares stories and portraits of refugees. Community on a Shelf, in the Lobby Community Engagement Space, explores the human side of mental illness, community support, and libraries. … Read more

Free mental health assessments available

Free-Mental-Health-Assessments

The library, in partnership with Rush University Medical Center is offering free mental health assessments (through prescheduled appointments) for children and adults on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Main Library. A Rush psychologist will conduct the onsite assessment. To learn more about these free assessments and to schedule an appointment, please … Read more

Inclusion is a driving force behind my library work

Shelley Harris with Adapted Boardmaker book

By Shelley Harris October brings us the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of fall, and has been chosen to highlight awareness of many disability communities. It’s a time to call for acceptance of and advocacy for people who process the world in diverse ways, including those who use communication aids to speak, have Down … Read more

Health Literacy Month: Take charge of your health

Because quality information helps you make better health decisions, U.S. National Library of Medicine National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Libraries Transform #LibrariesTransform

Observed each October, Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. Learn more at health.gov » Want to take charge of your health? Your public library can help you access trusted health information through online resources, books, and more. Plus, join us … Read more

Making the rounds: Hospital staff get library cards

Rush Oak Park Hospital staff holds a novelty library card

Our librarians keep ending up in the hospital! No need to send flowers, though—they’re doing just fine. It’s all been in the name of sharing resources and access to information. Over the past year, library staff have been making repeat visits to Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., to sign up hospital staff … Read more

Nursing pod now open at the Main Library

Mamava Nursing Pod open

Caregivers looking for spaces to breastfeed, pump, or bottle feed now have another option at the Main Library. Our newly installed and ADA-compliant Mamava lactation suite is now open in the Children’s Services Area for first-come, first-served use. “We are so excited to be able to offer this amenity,” says Jennifer Norborg, Manager of Children’s … Read more

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