Harwood Public Innovators Lab launches December 1

Can 26 people from 12 different Oak Park organizations unite to create positive change within our community? That’s the goal for the new Oak Park Harwood Public Innovators Lab, which kicks off on Tuesday, December 1. Over three days in December, this group of 26 community stakeholders will gather as one to listen, learn, and … Read more

We suggest: National Book Awards 2020

2020 National Book Awards Winners book covers

Check out the 2020 National Book Awards winners and our read-alike titles, suggested by Oak Park’s fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Learn more about how the awards work from the National Book Foundation » Fiction winner Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu & read-alikes … Read more

Join us for two anti-racist book discussions in December

Register now for December 1: Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You Join us on Tuesday, December 1, 6-7:30 pm​ for the third family and community discussion of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Register now » Stamped offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

Transgender spelled out on cubes

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott It’s Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year during the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), a day set aside to recognize each life lost during the year to … Read more

We suggest: Transgender Awareness Week

Trans flag butterfly

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the lives and legacies of trans people, the pioneers and the everyday neighbors, who have passed away, most often through violence. A notable and sudden passing this year was Monica Roberts, a Black trans woman who was better known … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Fun with sounds

Miss Shelley reading a book

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Miss Jenny and I both love building fun sounds into our storytimes and our videos. Sounds, especially unexpected ones, get and keep everyone’s interest and attention. Will your preschooler understand you if you give them directions using inflections and gestures but only mooing? Yes, probably! And they might even focus … Read more

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. Now: Digital & virtual services only To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and … Read more

Coronavirus information


Buildings closed; digital library, virtual-only service until December 16 Since Wednesday, November 11’s announcement to close the Main Library until Thursday, November 19 due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19, more health advisories (for Chicago and suburban Cook County) have been issued. Both advisories go into effect at 6 am Monday and last 30 days. To … Read more

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