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.


Donate at the library this Socktober

Socks are consistently among the most requested items at homeless shelters. All October, we’re collecting new pairs at all library locations to benefit the clients ...
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/ Announcements, Impact
Oak Park Stories

Removing assumptions, barriers to access

"People make a lot of assumptions about who is experiencing homelessness, based on how someone looks, acts, smells, or dresses,” said the library's Director of ...
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/ Anti-Racism, Impact, Social Services
Teen Services Coordinator Stephen Jackson, Supervisor of Safety and Security Aaron Alonzo, and Social Services Director Robert Simmons

A welcoming place, where everybody is somebody

Social Services Specialist Stephen Jackson, Supervisor of Safety and Security Aaron Alonzo, and Social Services Director Robert Simmons In March 2016, Robert Simmons joined the ...
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/ Impact, Social Services
PBS The Great American Read: 1984 by George Orwell, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, A Pray for Owen Meany by John Irving, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo, and Alex Cross Mysteries by James Patterson

America’s 100 best-loved novels: Vote for your favorite

UPDATE 10/24/18: The results are in! To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s best-loved novel in The Great American Read. See all ...
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/ Authors & Books
Encouraging spontaneous, meaningful language

9 ways to encourage spontaneous, meaningful language

This spring, parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 5 participated in a special workshop at the library, learning how to enrich their ...
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/ Early Learners & Storytimes, Kids
Understanding the World of Islam

Women and gender in Islam

By Maliha Chishti Dr. Maliha Chishti is a researcher specializing in war and post-conflict peacebuilding and a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy ...
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Digital learning at Mills Park Tower

Staying current

Know anyone who needs help getting started with digital learning? Starting Monday, September 17, join us for a new season of tech workshops beginning with Intro ...
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/ Digital Learning
Disasters Happen: Prepare now; Learn how: National Preparedness Month 2018: ( and FEMA)

Be prepared: Hurricane Florence & beyond

Worried about the effects of Hurricane Florence? Find ways you can help. Resources and links on this page were curated by Oak Park's very own librarians ...
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/ Announcements, Civic Learning

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