Celebrate Black Love Day

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by Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian Nestled in the middle of February’s observance of Black History Month, and the day before Valentine’s Day, Black Love Day is a celebration of love specific to Black people. Founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy-Kendi, Black Love Day rests upon “5 Loving Acts”: Love for The Creator, Love for … Read more

How to listen to music with your library card

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian There are so many benefits to having an Oak Park library card, and checking out digital music on Hoopla is one of my favorites. Part of your digital library, Hoopla features ebooks, digital audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and more that you can check out instantly—no holds, no … Read more

‘My lineage begins there. That’s a big part of my fascination and pursuit of documenting these wonderful people’: Photographer Jason Dorsey debuts portraits at Main Library

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By Kristen Romanowski, Staff Writer & Editor Growing up, Jason Dorsey always knew he wanted to travel. “It’s almost like I had a thread of adventure inside of me, always,” he says. So he joined the U.S. Marines in 2000, right out of high school. But after returning home from active duty four years later, … 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: Curated title suggestions for all ages. View: Special exhibits, including “The Work”: Black History Museum in the Idea Box and a documentary film screening. Donate: Gently used teacups and saucers for the … Read more

Resolved to read more this year? Check out 6 titles perfect for reading challenges

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By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian Looking to read more this year? Or better yet, looking to expand your reading horizons? Reading challenges are great ways to do both! Try one of these titles that will start you off on the right track to meet your 2023 reading goals. Titles to challenge yourself Finding Me … Read more

Just for kids: A list of fun & educational websites, curated by librarians

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By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian Looking for engaging and educational sites for kids? You’ve come to the right place!  Many websites designed for kids claim to be informative and entertaining, but it can be challenging to find fun, user-friendly sites for kids that are not loaded with advertisements. What should you look for when exploring … Read more

‘Outsider’ bird art brightens Maze Branch in winter

Artwork of woodpeckers and a cardinal by Casey Jones above bookshelves at Maze Branch

By Kristen Romanowski, Staff Writer & Editor Want to see some colorful birds during these dreary January days? Just look up. Above the bookshelves at Maze Branch, that is, where artwork by outsider artist Casey Jones went up earlier this month. Using recycled materials like packing boxes and paper, plus paint and glitter “and whatever … Read more

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