Take a music & movement break: Videos & activities for early learners

Music notes on background

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Music is a valuable way for kids to learn! Songs can help kids hear how words are made, listen better to instructions, and take important movement breaks. All of these things will support kids when they are learning in school. Caregivers can use slow songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to … Read more

Teens invited to share their voice on managing stress and anxiety, creating new app

Teens on Smart Phones

The library is partnering with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), on a project to design new smartphone apps that help teens better understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to get involved in this research project. Virtual interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

Help SWAN beta test a potential new catalog

SWAN beta test catalog

As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the SWAN catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives more people more access, more choices, and more value when using their public libraries. Why is SWAN testing a potential new catalog? To ensure the … Read more

Honoring Women’s History Month with books, resources & more

Women's History Month

Held yearly in March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the U.S. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with your Oak Park card and PIN to use online resources for self-paced learning … Read more

Virtual candidate forums to be co-hosted with the League of Women Voters

Voting booth

The next Consolidated Municipal Election is Tuesday, April 6. Let the Oak Park-River Forest League of Women Voters help you do your voting homework on candidates running for elected positions in our village. This series of local candidate forums is co-hosted by the library and the league, a grassroots non-partisan political organization encouraging the informed … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Looking for some nonfiction reading suggestions? Discover these recently released under-the-radar gems just waiting for you! Recently new nonfiction titles Girl, Gurl, Grrrl by Kenya Hunt Why you should try it: When you are reading, do you love the feeling that you and the author are having a genuine, … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Engineer some fun this winter!

Colorful gears

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Engineering sounds like a big and overwhelming topic, especially for caregivers that aren’t as familiar or comfortable with science. But in fact, even babies and toddlers explore engineering!  Engineering activities include: Building (with blocks, legos, and more) Construction Cause and effect Math Paper airplanes Not too overwhelming, right? Check out … Read more

COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to serve our community, the library … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Child and women wearing masks

Main Library building capacity is set at 120 total, 40 people per floor; real-time capacity is displayed during open hours on the library website and on a large screen in the lobby. We ask that all children under 14 visit with an adult. No school or group visits are available at this time. Find more … Read more

Tech Tips: Navigating Google search results, spotting ads

Google Search

By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Advertisements are all over the internet these days, and while some are helpful, some add clutter, and others can link to scams and websites that can’t be trusted. Ads also are present in Google searches; sometimes displaying above the results you want to see. Ad placement in search results can create … Read more

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