One online calendar for all of Oak Park

Burbio.com is a free website and mobile app that puts all six Oak Park government agencies and more local organizations in one online calendar. You can choose to create a personalized event feed and even sync events to your Google or iOS calendars. You can also choose to receive notifications if events change. Sign up … Read more

Susanne Fairfax appointed to Board of Library Trustees

Suzanne-Fairfax

In a unanimous vote, the Board of Library Trustees appointed Oak Park resident Susanne Fairfax to fill its current vacant seat. Fairfax is invited to the board’s July 24 strategic planning session. She will be formally installed as a trustee for the special two-year position at its July 27 regular meeting. ‘Ability to re-envision and … Read more

A presidential portrait artist’s earlier work is on permanent display at your library

Easter Realness #2

The Obama Portraits are now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, through August 25. President Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley. But did you know that an earlier work by Wiley is on display on the Main Library third floor, open to all to experience anytime the library is … Read more

Giving more attention & leadership to technology and collections

Elizabeth Marszalik, Leigh Tarullo, Kathleen Spale

During the past year, we’ve reaffirmed that technology and collections—both physical and digital—are core and essential services and functions of our library. And they require greater attention and leadership than ever. To address these needs, achieve our strategic objectives, and have a more significant and positive effect on our community and staff, we’ve shifted some … Read more

Thank you for helping us envision your public library’s future

ThoughtExchange

Thank you to the 471 participants who shared their thoughts, and ranked the thoughts of others! Here’s a quick summary of total results, demographics of who responded, and a word cloud of the most mentioned phrases. Our next step is to identify common themes and details for moving ahead to help inform future plans. April … Read more

Improving building air quality & energy efficiency

Work is happening this spring at the Main Library to improve indoor air quality and to reduce electricity consumption and waste.  Air quality and safety: To support safety for our staff and community, we’re reducing the risk of airborne viral transmission by installing an air purification system in our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders, and briefings (watch live or listen to audio … Read more

Updated: Local business and COVID-19

Person shopping with medical mask on

“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help. The latest Illinois state plans and orders Read the March 18 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: A Bridge to Phase 5 (pdf) and … Read more

Meet Rose, your new Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our new 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, … Read more

Meet Alex, our new Teen Services Librarian

Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez

Joining our Teen Services team is Librarian Alexander Gutierrez! “I’ve always wanted to be a librarian and have the opportunity to work with youths because of their energy and optimism,” he says. His path from library volunteer to librarian Alex has been with the Oak Park Public Library since 2016, when he started as a … Read more

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