Fostering quality of life, aging in place

Becoming a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ We know aging in place is a community aspiration. That’s why, last October, the library joined the Village of Oak Park, the Oak Park Township, and the Park District of Oak Park in the effort to become a designated “Dementia Friendly Community” by the nonprofit organization Dementia Friendly America. A dementia-friendly … Read more

3 ways we support staff happiness, well-being & success

Stewardship is one of the library’s three key priorities. It means we sustain, share, and respect community resources. That includes the nearly 150 people who work across our three library locations. “Having happy, stable, successful employees means that our patrons are going to have a better experience using their library,” says Director of Human Resources … Read more

Mental health: Reaching people where they are

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Thanks to a unique partnership with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, people without adequate health care coverage have been receiving confidential mental health assessments from a licensed clinical psychologist at the Main Library since last fall. “Rush University Medical Center is recognizing that our library is where people are coming every day,” says the … Read more

‘My mantra is to provide excellent customer service’

“Every time I walk through the doors of the library, the mantra I keep in my mind is: ‘To provide excellent customer service,’” says Rashmi Swain, Adult Education and Job Seekers Librarian. With 15 years of service to the library, Swain (pictured above, center) is among those celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. She and other … Read more

‘So excited to see their home languages’

Our summer reading program is open to all kids, wherever they live. And this past summer, we were able to better share it with kids who are new to the United States and still learning English. For the first time, we translated summer reading guides into multiple languages, including Albanian, Japanese, Polish, and Vietnamese. Librarian Genevieve … Read more

More Than a Model: Community members collaborate with us to share cultural heritage

In May, Oak Park residents Pem Hessing, Nicole Sumida, and Yoko Terretta organized a family celebration at the Main Library in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In addition to literary readings, fine art, food, and martial arts demonstrations, they celebrated notable Asian Americans and also challenged definitions of who is considered … Read more

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