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.

Main Library at night

Community survey results are in

One thousand responses to the library's Community Needs Assessment Survey are now available. This survey’s goals were twofold: (1) to learn more about what keeps ...
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/ Announcements
Eric Luepke talking with a patron at the library

Census recruiting in Oak Park: ‘A call to action’

By Guest Writer Erich Luepke Erich Luepke is an Oak Park resident recruiting people to apply for jobs with the 2020 Census. The opinions expressed ...
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Martin Luther King Jr Day I Have a Dream

MLK Day at your library: A day on, not a day off

Yes, we're open! Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. as a day on, not a day off this Monday, January 20. Looking for ...
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/ Kids & Families
Covers and front pages of Newsweek, Vogue, Variety, TIME, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, and The Guardian

Now available: 7,000+ digital magazines & newspapers from around the world

Access much more global digital news and entertainment content with three new online resources! From anywhere at anytime, Oak Park cardholders can log in to ...
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/ Digital Learning, Featured Home
Book covers for T is for Transformation by Shaun T; Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten T. Hansen; Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin; Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try by Srini Pillay, M.D.; and The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good With Money by Chelsea Fagan

Find inspiration here

Happy New Year, Oak Park! Did you resolve to be kinder, more mindful, healthier? Do you want to explore your creative side, make smarter financial ...
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One online calendar for all of Oak Park

Together, the six governing agencies of Oak Park are excited to introduce a new, free calendar service that enables you to easily keep track of ...
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/ Announcements, Learn & Connect
Early Bird Readers: Early learning tips for kids, infants up to age 5 #EarlyLearners

Early learning tips for kids, infants, December 2019

Hello, Early Bird Readers! Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share some favorite ways to share sounds with books and songs, and inspire conversations about navigating ...
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/ Early Learning, Kids & Families
Chess players pose with trophy

Chess clubs converge at the Main Library

“Traditionally, Open Chess has been a small group of folks that come out every week and play together,” says Community Engagement Librarian Ian Gosse, who ...
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/ Adults, Grades 6-12, Impact, Kids, Teens

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