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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.

Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Early learning tips for kids, infants, July 2019

Hello, Early Bird Readers! In today's video Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share ways to build a sense of community through play for preschoolers, and ...
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Power of Partnerships Summer School

‘A new kind of summer school’ returns July 15-August 9

For four weeks this summer, Oak Park elementary and middle-school students will once again be enjoying a new and exciting type of summer school opportunity ...
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Teen summer volunteers connecting with community

This year's Teen Summer Volunteer program goes through the end of July, but already the community can see the efforts of the teen volunteers paying ...
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Expanding our world languages collections

For those who speak and read in languages other than English, there's even more to find at the library this year, as we expand our ...
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Book covers for Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong, Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams, Taking Sudoku Seriously by Jason Rosenhouse, 100 Killer Licks & Chops for Rock Guitar by Phil Capone, Parlour Games by Katie Hewett

What’s trending, what we suggest for July

Wondering what to read or watch next? We’ve got you covered with selections handpicked by our librarians! Whether you're enjoying a day at the beach, ...
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Book Bike at Barrie Park

Parks, libraries, and building community

The following post was originally published in the Wednesday Journal as "Parks, libraries, and building community," a One View column by Jan Arnold and David ...
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Bees on hand

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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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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