Neighborhood window walks: Safe, physically distanced family fun

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We’ve been watching, listening to, and celebrating our community’s efforts to safely socially connect while properly physically distancing. Local grassroots efforts and others we’ve seen include: Singing from our porches and balconies » Clapping in unison to celebrate the commitment of all our first responders » Family-friendly neighborhood walks, when a block or community’s residents … Read more

Updated! Found online: Virtual ways for kids to learn, stay engaged, have fun

Your digital library has a ton of resources to help your kids learn virtually, including streaming video, ebooks, databases, and more. And in these unprecedented times, we’re loving all the creative ways people and institutions around the world are stepping up and offering virtual lessons, classes, projects, and tours. New! Daily activity schedules from Common … Read more

Virtual tutoring & academic support for all ages

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Oak Park cardholders now have access to on-demand virtual learning with a new library resource called Brainfuse HelpNow. HelpNow offers real-time help in skill building and test preparation. Learners of all ages can connect directly online with live, vetted tutors every day from 2 to 11 pm. Interactive tutoring & more With Brainfuse HelpNow, you … Read more

Unlimited access to TumbleBooks through August

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Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device with TumbleBooks, through August 31. You don’t have to check anything out, place any holds, or take up space on your device with bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Oak Park Public Library cardholders currently have access to the TumbleBookLibrary for … Read more

Creating calm for children in uncertain times

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Reposted from Thrive Counseling Center and Senior Therapists Cicely Johnson, Kristen Keleher, and Angie Kauffmann  As the world spins in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our daily lives have altered in previously unimaginable ways. Cancelled events and flights, remote learning in schools, and closed businesses are now the norm. If we’re feeling anxious, it’s likely our children are, too. How can we minimize their anxiety amid such uncertainty?   At Thrive Counseling … Read more

Honoring Women’s History Month

Book covers for The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Masey, The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg, The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara, All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney, Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik, Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Held yearly in March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the U.S. On this page, find suggested fiction, nonfiction, and digital titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. And learn more about the origins of Women’s History Month at womenshistorymonth.gov. Books & films for adults … Read more

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