Update: Both doors at Dole Center available for library entry

This change was made in accordance with a Village order that has now expired. This change came from the Park District of Oak Park to comply with the Village of Oak Park’s public health order in response to the current surge of COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the Oak Park order mandates proof of vaccination for customers age 5 … Read more

Art refresh: New pieces, monthly exhibits return

Two people look at two paintings

Did you know your library has a permanent art collection? You can see works of art at all three locations, including two recently donated paintings now on display at the Main Library. And this spring, monthly exhibits by local artists are returning to the Main Library Art Gallery and Maze Branch, after a two-year hiatus … Read more

Meet Latonia, Manager of Teen Services

Latonia Jackson

Say hello to the newest member of our Teen Services team, Manager of Teen Services Latonia Jackson! “I am passionate about helping others reach their fullest potential,” Latonia says. “I am eager to grow and learn every day. If you’re willing, learning takes place in many forms.” Before joining the library in January, Latonia spent … Read more

Update: Buildings open for regular hours Thursday, February 3

Winter storm warning

All Oak Park Public Library buildings were closed on Wednesday, February 2 because of severe weather. The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for our area from 8 pm Tuesday, February 1 until 6 pm Wednesday, February 2.   Remote access available Your digital library remains open and virtual and digital services will be available during regular open hours. Library-led virtual storytime Shake, … Read more

Meet Rose, your Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, baking, … Read more

What’s new for kids: Playaway Launchpads

Kids using Playaway Launchpad

Playaway Launchpads are tablets pre-loaded with high-quality learning apps and games for kids ages preschool through fifth grade. No ads. No download time. No need for internet access. Available at all locations. Children can create a personal avatar and choose their own adventures. From math and science to reading and music, launchpads are 100% secure, designed … Read more

Got a book club? Want to start one? Check out a kit

Book club kits

Whether you’ve got a long-standing book club or want to start a new one—make it easy for everyone and check out a ready-to-read Book Club Kit! The kits are located on the Main Library’s second floor, near new fiction. What’s in each Book Club Kit bag 10 copies of the same popular title Discussion questions … Read more

Donate new socks at the Main Library in Socktober

Socktober! Donate new socks here!

Help us warm souls AND soles by donating new socks all October to benefit the clients of Housing Forward. And during the last week of October, we’ll be collecting donations of warm kids’ clothing and gear for Cradles to Crayons. October 1-31: New socks for Housing Forward clients Did you know that socks are consistently among the most … Read more

Stephen Jackson hired as library’s first Director of Equity and Anti-Racism

Stephen Jackson, Director of Equity and Anti-Racism

Stephen A. Jackson has accepted the Oak Park Public Library’s new full-time position of Director of Equity and Anti-Racism. His first day in this new role will be Monday, October 11. Joining a handful of public libraries with similar equity-based leadership positions, the library created this position to support and fulfill its anti-racism journey and … Read more

How do you use your library? Share & you could win

How do you use your library? We want to hear about your favorite library experiences, wherever and whenever they happen! And we (and your neighbors) want to see your photos and videos! September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth, and we’re asking everyone to share photos, videos, comments, and unique creations to show how you use your library. Share, … Read more

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