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.

Leigh Tarullo

Dedicating more to Oak Park’s history

As it widens access to early Ernest Hemingway artifacts, the library is now devoting even more resources to its Special Collections. For the first time ...
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/ Special Collections
Ernest and Marcelline baby portrait

Hemingway artifacts now online

'Stunning images, handwritten commentary' Unprecedented, online access is now available to rare Ernest Hemingway family artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s through the ...
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/ Special Collections
Rob Simmons, Director of Social Services and Safety

Manager for Community Resources hired

Robert A. Simmons has accepted the library’s new full-time position of Manager for Community Resources. His first day in this new library role will be Monday, ...
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/ Announcements, Social Services
Marcelline Hemingway Baby Book

Opening the vault

Now online are the first 84 of at least 300 digitized artifacts from the library, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP), and the ...
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/ Special Collections

Hot Picks are here

Easy to find and borrow new and popular items You want shorter wait times and more availability of new and popular titles. So, we now ...
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/ Announcements
Home Delivery

‘I couldn’t exist without library books’

For Millicent Hosp, a 101-year-old resident of Brookdale Plaza Oak Park, printed books are a thing of the past. Hosp remembers the stories she used ...
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/ Adults, Impact

Oak Park Talks: First impressions

By David J. Seleb, Executive Director, Oak Park Public Library I was introduced to the Harwood practice in October 2013, while attending a Public Innovators ...
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/ Community Conversations, Impact

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