Be prepared: Hurricane Florence & beyond

Disasters Happen: Prepare now; Learn how: National Preparedness Month 2018: ready.gov/september (Ready.gov and FEMA)

Worried about the effects of Hurricane Florence? Find ways you can help. Resources and links on this page were curated by Oak Park’s very own librarians of practice. Related, September is National Preparedness Month. Ready.gov recommends taking time now to learn lifesaving skills, check insurance coverage, save for an emergency, and to “disaster-prepare” prepare your home—including knowing about basics … Read more

Addressing a national epidemic

National Recovery Month 2018

When it comes to opioid use and abuse, Oak Park and River Forest are really no different than anywhere else in the country, said Mike Charley, Director of the Oak Park Department of Public Health. Local data show increases in overdoses, particularly from heroin, and mirror what’s going on in the rest of the country, … Read more

Refresh your civic knowledge: Local government, the First Amendment, and more

Civics 101

“It’s been a long time since I had a civics or a government class,” a patron wrote to us recently, requesting that the library host community workshops or classes on the workings of government. “Like Civics for Dummies or Civics 101.” You’ve told us: as citizens, you want to be engaged, empowered, and informed. As … Read more

High school hosting America to Me viewings

Still of four teens in a huddle from STARZ America to Me Documentary

Library live-streaming canceled; join us at OPRF Three years ago, Academy Award-nominated director Steve James filmed a year in the life of a dozen Oak Park and River Forest High School students. Due to overwhelming response and limited resources, we have canceled our plans to live-stream at the library. Please join us at Oak Park and … Read more

New summer school program designed to motivate, engage students

Power of Partnerships summer 2018

IN THE NEWS: Free summer camp tackles equity gap; Power of Partnerships speaks to ‘whole child’ The Power of Partnerships (POP) Summer Program is a new free learning opportunity specifically designed to motivate and engage about 80 students entering grades 2–8 this fall. Happening now in the Main Library, Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm, this … Read more

Celebrating civic life, liberties, libraries for everyone

Library staff, board members, and friends holding Libraries Are for Everyone banner with balloons

All summer long, we have been cheering and proclaiming the message that “Libraries are for everyone!” As your public library, we are for everyone because we are committed to encouraging the contributions of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital and/or familial status, … Read more

Free Ravinia Tickets at A Day in Our Village

Ravinia

Love free live music and the great outdoors? We’ve got good news for you! Ravinia Festival has once again generously offered Oak Park Public Library cardholders tickets to summer concerts. Specific dates are available for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Martin Theater Concerts. Tickets are valid only on the date printed, may only be used on the evening … Read more

No catalog, account access April 30, May 1

No catalog, account access

The library catalog, your individual account, and all digital collections and online resources will be unavailable on Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1. The reason? The SWAN library consortium, which we belong to, is adding 19 more libraries and close to 2 million more items to the catalog. That means more books, more movies, … Read more

Automatic renewals are coming

Staff member holding a large stack of books

Automatic renewals to debut in June Starting Wednesday, June 14, eligible items will renew automatically, giving you more peace of mind as well as more time with library materials. So what do you need to do? Nothing! How automatic renewal works Starting June 14, eligible items checked out on your account that have a due … Read more

On June 1, we went fine free

Fine Free

Starting June 1, 2017, anyone who checks out materials at an Oak Park Public Library location will no longer be charged overdue fines on those materials. “Every single mom of young children I know is jumping for joy,” said Gwen Walski, an Oak Park mother of three. “I love the library, and my whole family gets … Read more

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