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-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 contact Rob … 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

Socktober is here! Donations welcome

Socktober! Donate new socks here!

RELATED: Film Screening & Discussion: The Public, October 27 » Socks are consistently among the most requested items at homeless shelters. All October, we’re collecting new pairs at all library locations to benefit the clients of Housing Forward and other organizations. It’s our fourth year participating in Socktober. In 2018, thanks to your generosity, we … Read more

You—and public libraries across the country—are facing a different type of censorship

Visit eBooksForAll.org to sign the petition

“Banned Books Week, being celebrated this year from September 22-28, usually is about challenging outright censorship,” wrote Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library, for a recent opinion piece published in his hometown newspaper. Now, “publisher Macmillan’s new e-book embargo must be challenged too.” We couldn’t agree more, Kent! Ebook embargo limits what libraries … Read more

Nursing pod now open at the Main Library

Mamava Nursing Pod open

Caregivers looking for spaces to breastfeed, pump, or bottle feed now have another option at the Main Library. Our newly installed and ADA-compliant Mamava lactation suite is now open in the Children’s Services Area for first-come, first-served use. “We are so excited to be able to offer this amenity,” says Jennifer Norborg, Manager of Children’s … 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

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