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Updated: Resources especially for teens, tweens & their families during COVID-19

Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and their families may need extra support and someone to talk to during these stressful times. Below, find resources for mental ...
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Books to commemorate 100 years of the 19th Amendment

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Passed 100 years ago on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed and protected women's right to vote. Celebrate ...
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‘Take a deep breath,’ ‘figure out how to grieve’: Virtual health & wellness with your library

As this uncertain and difficult year goes on, we know our community's need for health and wellness support is only increasing. Library programs focused on ...
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Supporting Power of Partnerships, a new virtual tutoring collaborative

Logistical aspects of this partnership are currently in development. Information will be updated here as more details are formalized. To support Oak Park families and ...
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Book covers for The Stolen Daughter by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel, The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya, Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli, The Engineer's Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood, My Mother's House by Francesca Momplaisir

In case you missed it: Check out these new(ish) fiction titles

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We miss talking books with you in the library! But we're always here to help you find your next ...
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Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Rhymes make readers

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Rhyming is a key skill for kids on the path to reading. When kids can easily hear parts of words, ...
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Learning can happen anywhere: Our favorite how-to books & resources

Want to learn sign language? How to fix anything? How to play chess? There’s a book or an online resource for that! If you find ...
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Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Best We Could Do’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This ...
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