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How we support kids of all abilities

"One way we welcome all families into the library is providing supports for kids with disabilities," said Early Literacy Librarian Shelley Harris. Pens that scan and read text aloud With one of the scanner pens available for checkout (pictured above), ...
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/ Kids & Families
IMLS-Triton College Activating Community Opportunities

Volunteer to tutor, mentor area youth ages 12-17

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 ...
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High school to host ‘America to Me’ viewings

Library live-streaming canceled; join us at OPRF Due to overwhelming response and limited resources, we have canceled our plans to live-stream at the library. Please join us at Oak Park and River Forest High School in support of this community-wide ...
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Power of Partnerships summer 2018

New summer school program designed to motivate, engage students

The Power of Partnerships (POP) Summer Program is a new free learning opportunity specifically designed to motivate and engage about 80 students entering grades 2–8 this fall. Happening now in the Main Library, Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm, this exciting partnership between ...
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Community Building Blocks workshop

Community Building Blocks Workshop

UPDATE:  Thank you! Oak Park's Community Building Blocks Workshop was a success, with more than 50 people sharing valuable input during the two-day event. The outside team of consultants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ...
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Summer learning for teen volunteers

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 ...
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/ Grades 6-12, Teens
Library staff, board members, and friends holding Libraries Are for Everyone banner with balloons

Celebrating civic life, liberties, libraries for everyone

All summer long, we have been cheering and proclaiming the message that "Libraries are for everyone!" As your public library, we are for everyone because we are committed to encouraging the contributions of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, ...
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Ask Me About My Pronouns

Pride in being yourself

Earlier this year, Library Assistant Hal Patnott (pictured above) saw an opportunity to spark conversations about gender identity with families in the Main Library Children's Services department. As a transgender man who's often mislabeled as "she," Patnott said, "it gets ...
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