Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Celebrate Halloween & Dia de Muertos with your library

Miss Nora with a sugar skull

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This weekend is bursting with holidays to celebrate! Saturday’s Halloween is followed by Sunday’s Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, and your public library is ready. We’re offering two Halloween dance party storytimes, one at 10 am for all ages and a Supported one at 11 am for kids … Read more

Register now: Virtual Restorative Justice Conference enters final week

Restorative Justice Conference 2019 Community Committee

The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference has been taking place virtually all October, and it wraps up on Friday, October 30. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. The goal has been to provide the community with strategies to cope in these extreme times. “2020 has been … Read more

Tech Tips: Attach & download files with Gmail

paper clips

Are you a Gmail user? Here are some tips and tricks for working with attachments, including photos. Watch how-to videos from your library Lynda.com is a wonderful library resource available to all cardholders. It’s full of high-quality video tutorials to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. To access … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Bomba music

Hands drumming

By Children’s Librarian José Cruz This week, I would like to introduce the African influence on Puerto Rican music by exploring Bomba traditions. Bomba music is a call and response process where the dancer communicates with the drummers and vice versa. This musical tradition dates back to 17th century Puerto Rico, and it served as … Read more

Virtual learning for early learners: Explore a world of words

Mr. Dean working on Bones Discovery Kit

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Greetings and salutations! Jenny and I have been having fun sharing words this week, from words about apples to what we can find around our homes. Words are everywhere! Explore words together with these videos, activities, books, and more. Watch these videos Miss Jenny has a book called Be Kind, … Read more

We suggest: Regional stories: Appalachian fiction

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Travel with us to the oft-overlooked region of Appalachia. Nestled in the peaks, valleys, nooks, and crannies of the Appalachian Mountains, separating the East Coast from the Midwest, this beautiful region is home to rare accents, deep religion, and hidden secrets. Appalachian fiction Betty by Tiffany McDaniel Why you should … Read more

November 3: Buildings open as polling places only

Collage of Main Library, Maze Library, Dole Library

The General Election is Tuesday, November 3, and as a result, the Main Library, Maze Branch, and Dole Branch will be open from 6 am to 7 pm to serve as polling places only. The Main Library parking garage will be open from 5:45 am to 7:15 pm. No library customer services will be available in any … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

Nonfiction book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Looking for a good nonfiction read? Whether it’s current events, history, science, memoir, or poetry, here are a few recently published books that are sure to scratch your nonfiction itch. Nonfiction titles you might have missed 14 Miles by D.W. Gibson Why you should try it: Tired of hearing … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Hands-on art

Kid painting

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris There are so many reasons art is important, including that it can reduce stress and anxiety. What child or adult doesn’t need that during this pandemic? This article from NPR goes into the details, joys, and benefits of creating—knitting, writing, baking, collaging, and more. What will your family create this … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Storytelling

Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel playing Roll-A-Story Pronouns

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Back in the pre-COVID-19 days, we used to get small kids coming up to the desk and proudly reading a book to us. Their caregiver would laugh and say they had it memorized or were describing the pictures. And guess what? That is also reading!  The articles about Picture Walks … Read more

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