A ‘Wellness in the Workplace’ Win

Library staff member receiving an award on Staff Day 2022

Oak Park receives 2023 Citation for Wellness in the Workplace Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA)’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT), this citation recognizes our library’s strategic commitment to “supporting all library staff to achieve happiness, well-being, and success.” From the SustainRT announcement: ‘Well-being activities and initiatives a priority’ “We are grateful to be … Read more

2022: A year in review

Pictures of the 2022 Anti-Racism Impact Report and 2022 Strategic Priorities Impact Report

In March 2021, the Board of Library Trustees voted to approve the Oak Park Public Library’s first stand-alone Anti-Racism Strategic Plan. This multi-year plan was created to address internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism in both internal and external practices at the library. To stay accountable to the work outlined in that stand-alone plan—as well … Read more

Resources to reflect on, to share & to take action

Main Library Third Floor book stacks

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

Engaging & hands-on tech learning is here

Two middle schoolers disassembling a computer

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Services Librarian Thanks to grant funding from TechGirlz—a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures that provides free, fun, interactive workshops—the library now offers new ways to support engaging, hands-on learning for middle school girls. Recent additions in the library’s new Creative Studio include 3D printers, toolkits to dismantle and assemble computers, … Read more

Hooray! We’ve been named one of the nation’s best

Staff member taking a photo of all library staff members at the December 2, 2022 Staff Learning and Engagement Day

Oak Park Public Library earns Five-Star Library status from Library Journal We’re thrilled to share that our library has once again been named a “Five-Star Library” in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. For 2022 and out of the 5,359 libraries reviewed, Oak Park was ranked No. 3 in the country in its expenditure … Read more

Creative Studio open for staff-led digital learning

Creative Studio space under construction

Open now for staff-led digital learning events is a shiny new Creative Studio on the Main Library’s third floor. Offering 3D printers and laptops today, we expect to introduce a laser cutter, a large-format printer for posters and other oversize print jobs, a sound booth for professional-quality audio and video content creation, and digital preservation equipment … Read more

Scoville Park’s Holiday Light Show to affect library garage access on Saturday, Dec. 3

Santa lights, street closure map

Weather permitting, the Village of Oak Park’s professional, holiday-themed drone art show this Saturday will feature unmanned aerial vehicles flying in a coordinated fashion with light fixtures attached. Learn more about the light show » As a result of an anticipated increased in vehicle traffic and planned street closures near the library, the Main Library … Read more

Joslyn Bowling Dixon is library’s new executive director

Joslyn Bowling Dixon

Today is the first official day for the library’s new executive director, Joslyn Bowling Dixon. Last month, the Board of Library Trustees was thrilled to formally announce its unanimous vote to hire Joslyn as the library’s next executive director. Joslyn assumes the role from Interim Executive Director Lori Pulliam, who stepped up after previous Executive … Read more

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