Coming in October: Restorative practices to strengthen families, schools, and communities

Join us for the three-day Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities conference at the Main Library this October 4-6. Expanding on last fall’s restorative justice conference, this year’s conference takes a wider look at how restorative practices can be applied within families, schools, and communities. Also new this year: members of the … Read more

New library app now available

SWAN app on phone on stack of books

Putting the library in your pocket and having 24/7 mobile access just got easier! SWAN, a consortium of 97 libraries mostly in Chicago’s western suburbs, has launched a new app you can download, log into, and use to do more than just search the catalog and place holds. Features include: Get fast access to downloadable … Read more

Reading with your ears

Kid listening to headphones

Does your child prefer listening to stories rather than reading books? Why not try digital audiobooks? “I always emphasize to parents that audiobooks are NOT cheating in any way,” says Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris. “Knowing how to listen and understand what you hear is a vital skill, and many people find it easier to pick … Read more

Parks, libraries, and building community

Book Bike at Barrie Park

The following post was originally published in the Wednesday Journal as “Parks, libraries, and building community,” a One View column by Jan Arnold and David J. Seleb, on Tuesday, June 18. Jan Arnold is executive director of the Park District of Oak Park. David J. Seleb is executive director of the Oak Park Public Library. … Read more

Middle schoolers matter

Three kids holding a giant cookie

We know the middle school years can be a time when kids need even more adult guidance, places to go, and things to do. That’s why, in addition to two full-time librarians who work with middle and high schoolers, we recently added two more staff members dedicated to serving tweens and teens. And now that … Read more

Resources to explore recent news, local history

Stack of newspapers

Keep connected, stay informed Discover anywhere, anytime access to a variety of online resources, connecting you to regional news and local history. Search multiple Chicagoland newspapers at the same time, including Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, and Oak Leaves. Explore NewsBank Chicago » Access historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including Oak Leaves (1902-1977), with searchable articles, … Read more

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