Libraries are for everyone, providing space for all to learn, to connect, and “to plug into the grid of public life,” according to Eric Liu, an American writer and founder of Citizen University.
“There is a rewarding, even exhilarating role for each of us in making democracy real,” from Daring Democracy by Frances Moore Lappe.
- Voting and elections: Be an informed voter »
- Be a part of the political process: Get involved »
- Evaluate sources of news and information: Check out resources and stay informed »
- Get expert answers: See our areas of expertise »
- Explore legal resources: Find answers to your civil legal questions »
- Volunteer your time: Learn more about volunteering at your library »
- Connect with your neighbors: View the spaces reservation calendar »
- Learn about Oak Park: Find out more about where you live and connect with Oak Park taxing bodies »
“This includes services and materials to access technology, build technology-related skills and confidence, and make beneficial use of digital resources and services to meet patron needs,” says Elizabeth Marszalik, Director of Collections and Technology.
Early childhood literacy
“The single most important thing we can do to help our children grow into thoughtful, compassionate, literate adults is to read aloud to them,” from Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment by Emma Walton Hamilton.
- Attend free storytime classes for kids ages newborn through kindergarten »
- Join in more early learning programs—such as Early Bird Readers and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
“This includes services and materials to improve management of personal finances, business start-up and development, and to build skills needed to find and apply for jobs and advance careers,” says Lori Pulliam, Director of Public Services and Programs.
- Job seeker seminars »
- Entrepreneurial and business services »
- Access subscription-based consumer resources »