News & Events

Why do we exist? To empower every voice in our community. What do we do? We share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations. On this page are news announcements and stories of library impact.

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Building community: Beehives at the Main Library

As part of our ongoing focus to sustain the natural environment and to offer new opportunities to learn, this spring we installed two beehives, buzzing ...
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/ Impact

Partnering for equity in education

How do you close the "homework gap"? In part, by working together. On Monday, June 10, Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Superintendent Dr. Carol ...
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Middle schoolers matter

We know the middle school years can be a time when kids need even more adult guidance, places to go, and things to do. That’s ...
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/ Featured Home, Grades 6-12
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Resources to explore recent news, local history

Keep connected, stay informed Discover anywhere, anytime access to a variety of online resources, connecting you to regional news and local history. Search multiple Chicagoland ...
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Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Early learning tips for kids, infants, June 2019

Hello, Early Bird Readers! In today's video, Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share ways to work on emotional dictionaries and self-regulation with children, and share ...
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Building community: Tell us what you think

Inspired by this summer's One Book, One Oak Park selection Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg, we are asking about and sharing community members' ...
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Book covers of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara, Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo, Never a City so Real by Alex Kotlowitz, Nature's Metropolis by William Cronon, Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

What’s trending, what we suggest for June

Wondering what to read or watch next? We’ve got you covered with selections handpicked by our librarians! This June, celebrate Pride Month with our librarians' ...
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/ Authors & Books, We Suggest

Get free Ravinia tickets at A Day in Our Village

Love free live music and the great outdoors? We've got good news for you! Highland Park-based Ravinia Festival has once again generously offered Oak Park ...
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