Hoopla to require PIN beginning December 10

Hoopla on tablet being held over a table with winter greenery

As part of ongoing efforts to increase online security and data privacy, hoopla will begin to require all users to provide their library Personal Identification Number (PIN) to borrow and stream beginning Tuesday, December 10. During this upgrade, some hoopla content (more than 800,000 audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and TV titles) may be affected … Read more

‘So excited to see their home languages’

Our summer reading program is open to all kids, wherever they live. And this past summer, we were able to better share it with kids who are new to the United States and still learning English. For the first time, we translated summer reading guides into multiple languages, including Albanian, Japanese, Polish, and Vietnamese. Librarian Genevieve … Read more

More Than a Model: Community members collaborate with us to share cultural heritage

In May, Oak Park residents Pem Hessing, Nicole Sumida, and Yoko Terretta organized a family celebration at the Main Library in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In addition to literary readings, fine art, food, and martial arts demonstrations, they celebrated notable Asian Americans and also challenged definitions of who is considered … Read more

November is Native American Heritage Month

Jingle Dancer book cover art

Each November, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans during National Native American Heritage Month. Learn more at nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov » Native reads for … Read more

‘A place at the table’: Community members collaborate with us to share cultural heritage

Oak Park resident Dima Ali, who organized a family Ramadan celebration at the Main Library in May

In April, Oak Park resident Dima Ali (pictured above) came to the library with a concern—and an idea. Ramadan was coming up in May, and there were no public programs yet planned at the library to recognize it, this holy month of spiritual reflection and fasting for Muslims around the world.  “There is a need … Read more

Halloween for kids: Spooky titles & upcoming events

Halloween critters

There’s always fun brewing at your library! This October, join us for Halloween-themed events and check out spooky titles available from the library’s digital collection Hoopla. Halloween on Hoopla Read Listen Watch Halloween-themed events Haunted Trails & TalesMonday, October 21, 6:30-7:30 pm, Main Library. Get in the Halloween mood with spooky stories! Families will follow … Read more

‘We are on the right path’: Thoughts on the Restorative Community Practices Conference

“It was love.” That’s how planning committee member Josh Easter summed up last weekend’s Restorative Community Practices Conference—three days of peace circles, panel discussions, workshops, meals, music, and conversation. The October 4-6 conference drew national experts, local activists and teachers, families with children, community leaders, and passionate individuals. Together, we took a deep dive into … Read more

Free mental health assessments available

Free-Mental-Health-Assessments

The library, in partnership with Rush University Medical Center is offering free mental health assessments (through prescheduled appointments) for children and adults on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Main Library. A Rush psychologist will conduct the onsite assessment. To learn more about these free assessments and to schedule an appointment, please … Read more

Help children #GearUpForWinter

Cradles to Crayons #GearUpForWinter

On Saturday, October 19, donate new and like-new children’s essential items to Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides children living in low-income and homeless situations with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. Donations will be collected from 10 am to 1 pm in the Main Library Lobby. Most … Read more

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