News & Stories

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.

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Censorship leaves us in the dark: Read a banned book

Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on by celebrating Banned Books Week, held September 22-28 this year. Each year, Banned Books Week ...
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Restorative Justice Conference participants

Register now: Restorative practices to strengthen families, schools, and communities

New! Watch the promotional video » Join us for the three-day Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities conference at the Main Library ...
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Making the rounds: Hospital staff get library cards

Our librarians keep ending up in the hospital! No need to send flowers, though—they're doing just fine. It's all been in the name of sharing ...
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Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Early learning tips for kids, infants, September 2019

Hello, Early Bird Readers! Miss Shelley and Miss Jenny share ways to use rhymes, rhythm, and music to help kids connect to their needs and ...
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/ Early Learning, Kids & Families
Mamava Nursing Pod open

Nursing pod now open at the Main Library

Caregivers looking for spaces to breastfeed, pump, or bottle feed now have another option at the Main Library. Our newly installed and ADA-compliant Mamava lactation ...
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Library lawn sign on green roof: Libraries build strong communities

Let’s spread the word this September

All across America, September is Library Card Sign Up Month. So we’ll be shouting it from our green rooftop (since yes, we have one of ...
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/ Announcements, Building Community
Book covers for What to Say to Get Your Way by John Boswell, Dial Down the Drama by Colleen O'Grady, What the F by Benjamin Bergen, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison, What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Color Purple by Alice Walker

What’s trending, what we suggest for September

Wondering what to read or watch next? We’ve got you covered with selections handpicked by our librarians! Check out our top picks for September: For ...
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/ Authors & Books, We Suggest
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Help set a course for the library’s future

A community needs survey is now underway The survey's goals are twofold: to learn more about what keeps people from using library resources and to ...
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