Meet Matthew, Leading Edge logo designer

Last summer, we held a logo design contest to help spread the word about the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB), one of the library’s Teen Services initiatives. A volunteer group for students ages 13-17, LETAB’s mission is to offer guidance and a teen-centered perspective to the Oak Park community and the Teen Services team. … Read more

Tax Day is May 17

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Federal & state tax returns are due May 17 More details from the IRS » More details from the Illinois Department of Revenue » Download, print tax forms Download Find links for federal and Illinois tax forms below: Federal Tax Forms Illinois Tax Forms Can’t find the IRS forms you need online? To request forms … Read more

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

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Vaccine information » About COVID-19 » Fact-checker » Here’s more about how your public library is continuing to serve you during the pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources, contact our Social Services and Public Safety team. Summary of service levels 1 Digital collections and virtual services only. Remote customer service, virtual programs, and … Read more

Rhythm & rhyme & harmony: Videos & activities to help early learners practice self-regulation

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This week, I shared a video on using breathing to regulate your body when you’re feeling stressed or getting too excited on a fun day. A lot of the songs we sing and games we play in storytime help kids practice self-regulation: kids are following patterns in movement and song, … Read more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: East Asian creators & stories

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this week we are celebrating by sharing stories written by East Asian authors. Want more? Find more title suggestions for all ages, videos, online resources, and more » East Asian creators & stories Second Sister by Ho-Kei Chan Why you should … Read more

Oak Park engages in self-paced ‘Challenge’

Anti-Racism Resource Challenge Collage: History

Built as a yearlong, self-paced reading program to offer intentional learning experiences, the Anti-Racism Resource Challenge features specially selected books, media, articles, websites, and more—all from the library’s two curated anti-racism resource guides: Anti-Racism: A Starter’s Guide Countering Anti-Black Sentiments Adults and high schoolers are invited to participate—no Oak Park library card is required. In … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #3): Troubleshooting common issues

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By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Having issues with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot you borrowed from the Oak Park Public Library? Sometimes you can have trouble despite having followed all the directions! Below, find some common issues other people have had and how to fix them. And check out the other posts in this three-part Tech … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #2): How to use a mobile hotspot

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By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel If you don’t have an internet connection at home you can borrow a mobile hotspot from the library! It will get you connected to the internet without incurring data charges. Need help getting your mobile hotspot set up? Follow the steps below and contact us with questions. And check out … Read more

Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #1): What is a mobile hotspot?

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By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Don’t have an internet connection at home? Want to use your mobile devices—smartphones, laptops, and more—on the go without incurring data charges? A mobile WiFi hotspot can be used to provide a strong, fast, and secure online connection for your mobile devices anywhere cellular services are available. So if your … Read more

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