2023: A year in review

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Our library strives to be a library for everyone, one that prioritizes: To report on the impact of work in these areas, the library shares monthly public updates at its Board of Library Trustees meetings, and creates annual, year in review impact reports. These reports showcase library work that shared the information, services, and opportunities … Read more

Let’s explore the Library of Things

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By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes February has historically been one of my least favorite months. It’s cold, dark, and often wet, but I’ve been trying to find new ways to occupy my time and help me get through the winter. One way I’ve been doing this is through the new Library of … Read more

Ways to watch Oscar-nominated films

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The countdown to the big night has begun! The 96th Academy Awards airs on Sunday, March 10, and your library has a few ways to watch some of the most-talked-about films of the year. Join us: Register for our 14th Annual Oscarthon (now two days!) No need to wait on the red carpet—come to our … Read more

Be kind to yourself: Videos & resources for grownups & early learners

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By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian We often come back to the topic of emotions and social-emotional learning with our kids. Sometimes it may feel like we’re repeating ourselves! But we keep returning to the topic because it’s an important one. Kids (and adults!) learn best when they feel that they are safe and secure in … Read more

Connecting you to Black history, then & now

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Your public library is here to connect us with each other through books, resources, and experiences that celebrate Black history and culture. Browse titles we suggest More librarian-curated reading lists Ebooks, digital audiobooks, movies & more View the Julian Legacy Museum in the Idea Box The Julian Legacy Museum in the Main Library Idea Box … Read more

BingePass gives you 7 days of unlimited streaming

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With hoopla‘s new BingePass and your Oak Park library card, you can get unlimited streaming for seven days with a single borrow! Let’s get started… How do I use hoopla’s BingePass? Watch the video below for an overview but please note that this video shows how to access BingePass using an iPhone. For instructions on … Read more

Tech Tips: How to declutter your devices in 4 steps

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By Creative Technology Librarian Amy Hofmockel Do you have a desktop covered in icons you don’t use? Are you interested in decluttering your digital workspace? Let’s go over some basics of file management so you can find the files you want when you want them. First, what is file management? Just like you might have papers … Read more

Join us! Explore new ways to connect with yourself & your community at upcoming events

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By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Happy January 2024! The year is new, and the weather is cold. But luckily there are so many things happening at the library to help you stay warm and keep on track with any resolutions you might have made. I am not someone who makes New Year’s … Read more

Tax Day is April 15: Print tax forms, file online at the library

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Federal & state tax returns are due April 15 Download tax forms Find links for federal and Illinois tax forms below: Print tax forms At the library, you can use a library computer to print popular state and federal tax forms at no charge. Or print remotely and pick up same day at any library … Read more

Honoring MLK Day: Books, a display, resources & more

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 15), all library buildings will be closed, and we’ve gathered together title suggestions, online resources, and more for you to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the best-known leaders of the civil rights movement. Check out these titles More from your digital library: Watch films … Read more