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Meet Juanta: ‘Multicultural learning teaches us to see the world beyond our neighborhoods’

Juanta Griffin is the library's new Multicultural Learning Coordinator. In weekly videos this summer, she shares the library's Multicultural Collection, including artifacts like the djembe ...
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Book covers for Magical Negro, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments on painted canvas

Relevant reads: Culture

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Culture is created, manifested, and maintained. It cannot not exist without people actively perpetuating it, and it does not ...
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Pride flag button on jacket

Celebrate Pride Month

June is Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and the progress made toward equity and inclusion. This year marks the 50th anniversary of ...
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Selassie and family complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Now virtual: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Pictured above: 1,000 Books graduate Selassie and his parents celebrate completing the program last year.Get reading tips from the parents of recent graduates » Now ...
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Book covers for The New Jim Crow; Something Happened in Our Town, Homegoing; When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir; Black Brother, Black Brother; The Usual Suspects; Citizen; A Phoenix First Must Burn; Piecing Me Together; I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness; Voice of Freedom, So You Want to Talk About Race; Black Enough

Black Lives Matter

Dear Oak Park Community, We are sickened and horrified by the needless killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. We are ...
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Illustration of people wearing surgical face masks

Relevant reads: Pandemic novels & short stories

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph From the plague to the 1918 influenza to now, pandemics have been an unwelcome member of society. Touching everyone ...
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Media on Demand website on laptop

How to Library video series: How to use Media on Demand

Need help getting started with your digital library? We've got a new video series for that! Check out our "How to Library" videos, created to ...
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Eric Luepke talking with a patron at the library

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

By Guest Writer Erich Luepke UPDATE: If you would like to learn more about working for the Census, and believe you can help our community ...
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