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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

Celebrating Seniors Week 2022

Two older adults looking at a tablet

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Celebrating Seniors Week, May 12-19, is a wonderful way to engage with your community to honor, recognize, and serve the community’s older adults in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. The event series is organized by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, a group of dedicated volunteers that are “passionate … Read more

LETAB launches ‘The Essentials Drive’

Main Library Lobby

This message was originally sent to library staff from our Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez. Thanks, Alex, for capturing the spirit of the LETAB Essentials Drive (which continues through May 16) and what it provides to our community! Donations will benefit three local charities: Sarah’s Inn, New Moms, and Housing Forward. Hello everyone, As some … Read more

#WhoWasPercyJulian

Main Library display

Follow us on social media All week long—and in honor of his birthday on April 11—#OakPark‘s Special Collections team is sharing information via displays in the library and on the library’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) about this great American research chemist and pioneer. Visiting the library? Be sure to check out onsite … Read more

Board approves Lori Pulliam as library’s interim executive director

Lori Pulliam

At its Special Virtual Meeting held on Tuesday, March 8, the Board of Library Trustees voted to appoint Lori Pulliam, the library’s current Director of Public Services and Programs, as the library’s interim executive director. Pulliam steps into the library’s top leadership role most recently held by David J. Seleb, who retired after his 30-plus-year … Read more

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

UPDATE: Under Latonia’s leadership, Teen Services expanded and changed its name to “Middle and High School Services” in August 2022. Say hello to the newest member of our team, 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, … 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

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