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

Hiring the library’s next executive director

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At its June 21 regular meeting, the Board of Library Trustees President Matt Fruth led discussion and collected trustee feedback on suggested interview questions and a ranking rubric developed by RGW Consulting to be used during virtual interviews with three final candidates. Fruth also shared candidate names as: Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Newark Public Library Director … 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

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Get free at-home COVID-19 tests » Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders, and briefings (watch live or listen to audio only) Where to get more COVID-19 … Read more

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

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Our response plan » About COVID-19 » 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. Summary of service levels 1 Digital collections and virtual services only. Remote customer service, virtual programs, and … Read more

Celebrating Seniors Week 2022

Two older adults looking at a tablet

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Celebrating Seniors Week, May 12-19, is a wonderful way to engage with your community to honor, recognize, and serve the community’s older adults in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. The event series is organized by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, a group of dedicated volunteers that are “passionate … Read more

LETAB launches ‘The Essentials Drive’

Main Library Lobby

This message was originally sent to library staff from our Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez. Thanks, Alex, for capturing the spirit of the LETAB Essentials Drive (which continues through May 16) and what it provides to our community! Donations will benefit three local charities: Sarah’s Inn, New Moms, and Housing Forward. Hello everyone, As some … Read more

#WhoWasPercyJulian

Main Library display

Follow us on social media All week long—and in honor of his birthday on April 11—#OakPark‘s Special Collections team is sharing information via displays in the library and on the library’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) about this great American research chemist and pioneer. Visiting the library? Be sure to check out onsite … Read more

Board approves Lori Pulliam as library’s interim executive director

Lori Pulliam

At its Special Virtual Meeting held on Tuesday, March 8, the Board of Library Trustees voted to appoint Lori Pulliam, the library’s current Director of Public Services and Programs, as the library’s interim executive director. Pulliam steps into the library’s top leadership role most recently held by David J. Seleb, who retired after his 30-plus-year … Read more

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