Supported gardening: What’s happening in the Community Sensory Garden

Miss Eileen planting in the Accessible Community Garden

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Did you know that 70% of disabled adults do not engage in community activities? The first time I heard this statistic it gave me pause. I see it with my disabled brother and his friends, but it’s hard to see it widely confirmed. It’s what inspired me to develop a … Read more

The Storyline returns: Summer issue now out

Cover of the summer Storyline magazine

This latest issue of the library’s magazine (pdf) highlights summer reading programs for kids, teens, and adults, plus: We love to see how you use your public library If you have an idea or story to share with us for a future issue, please contact us at You can also share stories, photos, and more through … Read more

Request for proposals: Executive search services

Request for proposals

The Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees (the Board) issued a Request for Proposals for qualified vendors to assist the Board in identifying the next Executive Director of the Oak Park Public Library. The Board seeks a partner to help identify an Executive Director to ensure that the library’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities … Read more

An Important Message from the Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees

Statement from the board of Library Trustees

This is an updated version of the statement that was read at the conclusion of the March 16 Special Board Meeting. Watch the meeting here. At a special meeting today, with regret, the Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees voted to terminate the employment of Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon, who joined the Library in … Read more

Statement from the Board of Library Trustees

Statement from the board of Library Trustees

The Board of Library Trustees acknowledges there have been multiple examples of damage caused to the Oak Park area community, to our community partners, and to members of the Oak Park Public Library staff, and that we have much work to do to rebuild the broken trust. We apologize for the relationships that have been … Read more

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