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.

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When we’re closed, these warming centers are open

In an effort to proactively inform all about where to find shelter during severe weather, this information is now posted at all library front entrances ...
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/ Announcements, Social Services
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Replica Benin bronzes on display at Main Library

Six replica Benin bronzes are now on display on the Main Library's third floor, with three more coming soon. Part of the library's Multicultural Collection, ...
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/ Multicultural
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Libraries collaborate for the public good

As your public library, we love to share! And that includes sharing space with our neighbors. "The ethical cornerstone of public libraries is that we ...
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Featured artist: Chris Ware

Celebrated artist, author, former Oak Parker and School of the Art Institute alum Chris Ware has a new book out, Rusty Brown. Here's what Slate and The New York ...
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/ Art, Arts & Culture

‘My mantra is to provide excellent customer service’

Some of our staff celebrating service anniversaries (pictured left to right): Colleen White, Debby Preiser, Rashmi Swain, Jenny Byron, and Kelly Knowles "Every time I ...
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/ Announcements, Impact
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Best of 2019: Your #OPSuggests favorites

Looking for great gift ideas? Books and movies your librarians love? Check out a year of #OPSuggests here or by searching #OPSuggests on Facebook, Twitter, ...
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/ Authors & Books, We Suggest
Collage of book covers of National Book Awards 2019 winners and finalists

What’s trending: National Book Awards 2019

Check out the 2019 National Book Awards winners and our read-alike titles, suggested by Oak Park's fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established ...
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/ Authors & Books, We Suggest
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2020 Library Levy Request

The Board of Library Trustees approved the library’s 2020 budget at its October 2019 meeting, setting clear priorities to address building and IT infrastructure and ...
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/ Announcements

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