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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. Read news announcements and stories of library impact below.

Mr. Dean working on Bones Discovery Kit

Virtual learning for early learners: Explore a world of words

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Greetings and salutations! Jenny and I have been having fun sharing words this week, from words about apples to what ...
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We suggest: Regional stories: Appalachian fiction

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Travel with us to the oft-overlook region of Appalachia. Nestled in the peaks, valleys, nooks, and crannies of the ...
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Collage of Main Library, Maze Library, Dole Library

November 3: Buildings open as polling places only

The General Election is Tuesday, November 3, and as a result, the Main Library, Maze Branch, and Dole Branch will be open from 6 am ...
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We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Looking for a good nonfiction read? Whether it's current events, history, science, memoir, or poetry, here are a few ...
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Kid painting

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Hands-on art

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris There are so many reasons art is important, including that it can reduce stress and anxiety. What child or adult ...
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Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel playing Roll-A-Story Pronouns

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Storytelling

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Back in the pre-COVID-19 days, we used to get small kids coming up to the desk and proudly reading a ...
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Meet Darcel: ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’

As the library's Teen Services Specialist, Darcel Washington provides outreach and program support to kids in grades 6-12. Darcel joined the library last November, bringing ...
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Kid looking at anatomy on tablet

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Let’s talk about bodies & puberty

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Developing accurate and affirming language to name the parts of our bodies and understanding the ways in which bodies change ...
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