Creative Studio open for staff-led digital learning

Creative Studio space under construction

Open now for staff-led digital learning events is a shiny new Creative Studio on the Main Library’s third floor. Offering 3D printers and laptops today, we expect to introduce a laser cutter, a large-format printer for posters and other oversize print jobs, a sound booth for professional-quality audio and video content creation, and digital preservation equipment … Read more

Scoville Park’s Holiday Light Show to affect library garage access on Saturday, Dec. 3

Santa lights, street closure map

Weather permitting, the Village of Oak Park’s professional, holiday-themed drone art show this Saturday will feature unmanned aerial vehicles flying in a coordinated fashion with light fixtures attached. Learn more about the light show » As a result of an anticipated increased in vehicle traffic and planned street closures near the library, the Main Library … Read more

Joslyn Bowling Dixon is library’s new executive director

Joslyn Bowling Dixon

Today is the first official day for the library’s new executive director, Joslyn Bowling Dixon. Last month, the Board of Library Trustees was thrilled to formally announce its unanimous vote to hire Joslyn as the library’s next executive director. Joslyn assumes the role from Interim Executive Director Lori Pulliam, who stepped up after previous Executive … Read more

Request for Proposal: Oak Park Public Library Chiller Replacement

Library logo

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, Request for Proposals issued (pdf)» Oak Park Public Library A105 Agreement Chiller Replacement (pdf) » Chiller 1 Sealed Bid Opening Notes (pdf) » Timeline Wednesday, October 19, 9:15 am CST, Facilities Tour, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL Tuesday, October 25, 5 pm CST: Deadline for questions Friday, October 28, 5 … Read more

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

Woman wearing mask

Pandemic response plan » Library fact-checker » Here’s more about how your public library is continuing to serve you during the pandemic. Questions? Contact us online now or call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources, contact our Social Services and Public Safety team » What’s happening now We are in Service Level 3. All library buildings are open, masks are optional for entry … Read more

Resolution in Support of Library Staff, Collections, and Programming

Board headshot collage

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees on October 6, 2022 Whereas the Oak Park Public Library adheres to the American Library Association Freedom to Read Statement; Whereas the Oak Park Public Library adheres to the American Library Association Freedom to View Statement; Whereas the Oak Park Public Library has Collection Strategy Statement that was … Read more

Welcome to your library

Family with new library cards

September was #LibraryCardSignUpMonth. Let’s give a warm Oak Park welcome to these new library cardholders! September sign-up success On average, roughly 200 people a month get new Oak Park library cards. But from June through September this year, notes Patron Services Manager Martyn Churchouse, more than 400 people got new cards each month! During September’s … Read more

Ravinia & Oak Park

Photo of Ravinia Tyler Gate Courtesy of the Festival

Thank you, Ravinia for sharing and Oak Park for claiming! All tickets are distributed for the 2022 summer season of Words & Music. Through the Highland Park-based Ravinia Festival‘s Words & Music outreach program, Oak Park gains access to specific concerts. These are free opportunities to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and live performances in the Martin … Read more

Resources to reflect on, to share & to take action

Main Library Third Floor book stacks

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

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

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