Dedicating more to Oak Park’s history

Leigh Tarullo

As it widens access to early Ernest Hemingway artifacts, the library is now devoting even more resources to its Special Collections. For the first time in its 113-year history, the library is dedicating a full-time staff position exclusively to its Special Collections, which include Hemingway artifacts owned by The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park … Read more

Hemingway artifacts now online

Ernest and Marcelline baby portrait

‘Stunning images, handwritten commentary’ Unprecedented, online access is now available to rare Ernest Hemingway family artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s through the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA). Thanks to an $86,900 grant from the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the first 84 digitized artifacts from the Oak Park Public Library’s … Read more

Manager for Community Resources hired

Rob Simmons, Director of Social Services and Safety

Robert A. Simmons has accepted the library’s new full-time position of Manager for Community Resources. His first day in this new library role will be Monday, March 7. Joining a handful of public libraries in cities (including Denver, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) with similar social services-based positions, the library created the new role in late 2015. Primary responsibilities will include working … Read more

Opening the vault

Marcelline Hemingway Baby Book

Now online are the first 84 of at least 300 digitized artifacts from the library, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP), and the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. All artifacts will be uploaded into the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) in time for the Hemingway Society’s 17th biennial international conference in Oak Park this July. This article takes a closer look at what … Read more

Hot Picks are here

Easy to find and borrow new and popular items You want shorter wait times and more availability of new and popular titles. So, we now offer Hot Picks, additional copies of new and popular fiction, nonfiction, and movies, available “only in the library.” Hot Picks have a large red dot on the spine, cannot be … Read more

Oak Park Talks: First impressions

By David J. Seleb, Executive Director, Oak Park Public Library I was introduced to the Harwood practice in October 2013, while attending a Public Innovators Lab in Washington, DC, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Harwood Institute. I have since spoken with and learned from many members of the Oak Park community. Each conversation … Read more

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