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Idea Box

What is the Idea Box?

Located just inside the Main Library entrance, the Idea Box is a dedicated 19-by-13-foot space that provides participatory community experiences. Visitors are encouraged to learn through experimentation and play.

Current exhibit: Libraries Are for Everyone & Where in the world has reading taken you?

We adapted graphics from iconic “Libraries are for everyone” posters, available in over 80 languages (see Each square represents the intersection of library strengths and community aspirations, where we believe we can have the deepest impact.

While at the Main Library, help us be a welcoming community:
  1. Choose a coloring page
  2. Color and return it in the Idea Box or color it anywhere and share on the library’s social media pages @OakParkLibrary
Also in the Idea Box, share with you neighbors! Place a sticker on the map to show where reading has taken you:
  • Use BLUE to mark where a character you love travels to or lives.
  • Use YELLOW to mark a destination you’ve read about and want to visit someday.
  • Use RED to mark a location (outside of Oak Park) where you’ve read a book.
Go on adventures this summer through the “Reading Takes You Everywhere” summer reading program for kids from newborns to those entering ninth grade. Get started »

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