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September was #LibraryCardSignUpMonth. Let’s give a warm Oak Park welcome to these new library cardholders! September sign-up success On average, roughly 200 people a month get new Oak Park library cards. But from June through September this year, notes Patron Services Manager Martyn Churchouse, more than 400 people got new cards each month! During September’s … Read more

Celebrating National Coming Out Day

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First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates “coming out”—living life openly as a member of the LGBTQ community—and raises awareness of the community and civil rights movement. Below, find coming-out stories for all ages and online resources to mark the 33rd anniversary of this national day. Coming out titles for all ages Online resources … Read more

Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day October 10

By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes that Native peoples were the first inhabitants of North America and celebrates their history, traditions, and stories. Oak Park Public Library acknowledges that Oak Park is situated … Read more

Tech Tips: Basic digital security: How to create a strong password

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By Amy Hofmockel, Digital Learning Librarian It’s so important to create strong passwords—and frequently update them—even though most websites have security measures in place to keep your personal information private. Let’s go over a few of the most basic—but most important—ways to keep your digital data safe, starting with how to: Create strong passwords, Remember … Read more

Barbara Ballinger Lecture 2022: ‘The Billboard’ readalikes

Author Natalie Moore with her book The Billboard, the Barbara Ballinger Lecture logo and the Friends of the Library logo

By Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian Each fall we gather to celebrate and recognize former head librarian Barbara Ballinger and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, this year’s Barbara Ballinger Lecture features a lecture and Q&A with author and WBEZ Journalist Natalie … Read more

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 3)

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As the school year starts and school projects are assigned, know that the library is here to help! In addition to books, your Oak Park library card gives you access to a number of subscription-based resources that you can use to help you with your research. In my previous posts in … Read more

Discuss the 1619 Project in new series this fall

The 1619 Project: Family & Community Circles

Join your neighbors, families, students, and friends this fall for a circle discussion series inspired by the 1619 Project. What is the 1619 Project? It’s an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the … Read more

Autumnal Equinox: Books & movies for fall

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by Dontaná McPherson-Joseph & Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarians The equinox is upon us! That means it is officially fall and time to get cozy, make all the comfort food, watch some scary movies, and read books in a warm sweater. What we suggest this autumn The Craft: Legacy Why you should try it: If … Read more

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Browse books, attend events & more

Hispanic Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, events, learning experiences, and online resources that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture this month and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages; Attend: Upcoming events; View: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda in the Idea Box; Watch: Multicultural … Read more

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