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Encouraging spontaneous, meaningful language

9 ways to encourage spontaneous, meaningful language

This spring, parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 5 participated in a special workshop at the library, learning how to enrich their ...
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/ Kids & Families
Understanding the World of Islam

Women and gender in Islam

By Maliha Chishti Dr. Maliha Chishti is a researcher specializing in war and post-conflict peacebuilding and a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy ...
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Digital learning at Mills Park Tower

Staying current

Know anyone who needs help getting started with digital learning? Starting Monday, September 17, join us for a new season of tech workshops beginning with Intro ...
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/ Digital Learning
Disasters Happen: Prepare now; Learn how: National Preparedness Month 2018: ( and FEMA)

Be prepared: Hurricane Florence & beyond

Worried about the effects of Hurricane Florence? Find ways you can help. Resources and links on this page were curated by Oak Park's very own librarians ...
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/ Announcements, Civic Learning
Kids at 2018 Code Fest

Raising kids? Top 5 reasons you need your library

Know someone without a card? September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Help us spread the word about all the great things libraries have to ...
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/ Kids, Kids & Families
National Recovery Month 2018

Addressing a national epidemic

When it comes to opioid use and abuse, Oak Park and River Forest are really no different than anywhere else in the country, said Mike ...
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/ Announcements, Learn & Connect
Civics 101

Refresh your civic knowledge: Local government, the First Amendment, and more

"It's been a long time since I had a civics or a government class," a patron wrote to us recently, requesting that the library host ...
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Book Covers: Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel, So You Want To Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children by Jennifer Harvey, Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones by Susan Hughes, Skin Again by Bell Hooks, We Came to America by Faith Ringgold

Tools for talking about race with kids

Last year, the founder of local Facebook group Raising Race Conscious Kids in and around Oak Park reached out to us. Although she had been ...
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