2023: A year in review

Cover images of 2023 impact reports

Our library strives to be a library for everyone, one that prioritizes: To report on the impact of work in these areas, the library shares monthly public updates at its Board of Library Trustees meetings, and creates annual, year in review impact reports. These reports showcase library work that shared the information, services, and opportunities … Read more

Library swag now on sale through January

Proceeds will support future innovations & initiatives Share and wear Oak Park library pride with your purchase of any limited-edition items—mugs, hats, scarves, T-shirts, hoodies (zippered and pullover), zippered totes, and even onesies for the 24-month and under crowd. Items are available for purchase at the Main Library now through January 31, or while supplies … Read more

Partnership for teen mental health wins award

Group photo with Marché Pernell, Stephen Jackson, Dominique Hickman, Robert Simmons, Vann Harris, Ashley Knapp, Latonia Jackson, Synovia Knox, and Alexander Gutierrez in front of a wall mural

Since 2019, the library has been partnering with researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine to develop a digital tool to help teens with anxiety. Now in the fourth year of a five-year grant, the research partnership has won an award for its strong collaborative research principles and work to impact health and equity … Read more

Library magazine out with a new issue

Cover of Fall/Winter 2023 Storyline with text "New issue!"

Our library magazine, The Storyline, is back with a Fall/Winter 2023 issue. Pick up some copies on your next library visit to share with neighbors, coworkers, and friends! What’s inside Preview the issue online (pdf) » We love to see how you use your public library If you have an idea or story to share with … Read more

50 years of hip hop: How we celebrated

Hip Hop graphic with text This project was made possible by: above the Institute of Museum and Library Services logo

Hip hop is more than music and dance, says Director of Equity & Anti-Racism Stephen Jackson. “It is culture. It permeates every fabric of American life. It is the way people talk, the words they use, the way people wear their clothes.” This year, our library was one of more than 30 organizations around the … Read more

Welcome to your library, new cardholders!

A collage of new library cardholders from 2023

September is #LibraryCardSignUpMonth. Let’s give a warm Oak Park welcome to our new library cardholders (pictured below)! Every Oak Park resident, student, teacher, daycare provider, and business owner can get a card for complete access to public library services and resources. Let’s get started »

We hear you: Listening session feedback

Child and adult at the library's A Day In Our Village booth

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas at our listening sessions! More than 250 individuals participated, with in-person conversations and feedback forms completed in April, May, and June. Here’s more about the nine public listening sessions hosted by Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon and additional library staff: What you told us about … Read more

The Work continues

A glass wall with the words "A library for everyone" in frosted letters

By Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Executive Director More than halfway through my first year as Oak Park Public Library’s executive director, I’m pleased to report back on what we’ve accomplished so far. As I said I would do in my initial job interview, I took ample time and great care to watch, review, observe, and listen … Read more

Oak Park supports democracy and the freedom to read as a Book Sanctuary Community

Village hall board meeting room presentation

Big news! At its June 20 regular meeting, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a new resolution declaring the Village of Oak Park a Book Sanctuary Community. This local resolution follows a new state law that Gov. JB Pritzker signed in early June that is meant to discourage state libraries from removing … Read more