Teens: Challenge yourself & have fun this summer

Summer is here, and Teen Services wants to make sure you have a great one. Sign up for library emails to keep up with what’s going on all summer! Do stuff, earn prizes Sign up for our Teen Summer Activities Challenge on Beanstack, for ages 14-18. The challenge runs June 6 through July 22. Here’s … Read more

Hiring the library’s next executive director

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At its regular virtual meeting held May 24, the Board of Library Trustees President Matt Fruth said 40 applications were submitted from across the country. RGW narrowed the pool to six candidates for a first round of virtual interviews (recorded). RGW also engaged Village of Oak Park Trustee and library Anti-Racism Task Force member Chibuike … Read more

Resources to reflect on, to share & to take action

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As your public library, we are here for you and have compiled a list of library, local, and regional resources focusing on: Mental health and trauma assistance Gun violence Voting and legislation Misinformation Books and library resources Mental health & trauma assistance  For all ages Managing distress in the aftermath of a shooting from the … Read more

Not your typical beach read

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We hear a beach read is supposed to be a light, often feel-good, easy read. But some of us prefer a little horror, some suspense, a nonfiction deep dive, or even something just plain strange to fill our long summer days. So grab your beachwear, towel, and lounge chair … Read more

‘Freedom is still possible’: Artist Tia Etu on her new work for library collection

Mixed-media artwork "The Call" by artist Tia Etu

Oak Park artist Tia Etu will unveil her latest contribution to art in the library this June, when she presents her mixed-media painting The Call in a Main Library Idea Box exhibit. You can join the artist and see her work in a reception on Saturday, June 18.  Juneteenth-inspired piece joins permanent art collection The … Read more

Celebrating Pride Month: Books, learning experiences & more

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Your public library is here to connect you with books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming soon!). Watch: A video just … Read more

The Storyline returns: Summer issue out in June

The Storyline magazine cover, with people looking at books outside

After a pandemic hiatus, our library magazine is back! The summer 2022 issue of The Storyline is online now. Limited print copies will be available while they last at all library locations starting in June. The summer issue highlights what’s happening for kids, adults, and teens at the library and in the community, such as … Read more

Titles for, by & about older adults

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton From nonfiction about aging better to fiction or documentaries starring older folks, here are a few titles celebrating seniors. Plus, check out more resources for older adults from your public library » Fiction & nonfiction titles Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias & How to End It by Tracey Gendron … Read more

Tech Tips: 5 resources for spotting misinformation

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo In today’s media landscape, it can be challenging to sort through the constant flow of information and evaluate the accuracy of news articles and social media posts. The fast pace, sensational headlines, and frequent layout changes of social media can make it challenging to assess what you are reading. These 5 … Read more

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