New in 2022: Recently released scary movies

A collage of movie posters on a background splattered with blood

By Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarian Halloween season is in full swing, and there’s no better time for a fright! As you rewatch all of your favorite classic scary movies, why not try some of these recently released horror titles too? Watch these new titles, if you dare…* *These titles are not suitable for children, … Read more

Meet Jabez: ‘I want all my programs to be community-forward’

Jabez Patterson sits at a table outside the Main Library

We’ve got some fantastic programs for adults coming up this fall, thanks to Jabez Patterson, Programming Librarian in Adult Services. Jabez, who joined the library in January, collaborates with local authors, musicians, and more to bring high-quality virtual and in-person programs to the library. He’s guided by community interests as well as his own—which include … Read more

Ravinia & Oak Park

Photo of Ravinia Tyler Gate Courtesy of the Festival

Thank you, Ravinia for sharing and Oak Park for claiming! All tickets are distributed for the 2022 summer season of Words & Music. Through the Highland Park-based Ravinia Festival‘s Words & Music outreach program, Oak Park gains access to specific concerts. These are free opportunities to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and live performances in the Martin … Read more

Travel films for the couch surfer

Travel destination images on a film strip

By Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarian With school starting and summer vacation coming to a close, the end of another summer feels just on the horizon. But that doesn’t mean your adventures have to come to an end! Whether you prefer the comfort of your own space or are in-between travel adventures, check out these … Read more

‘Freedom is still possible’: Artist Tia Etu on her new work for library collection

Mixed-media artwork "The Call" by artist Tia Etu

Oak Park artist Tia Etu will unveil her latest contribution to art in the library this June, when she presents her mixed-media painting The Call in a Main Library Idea Box exhibit. You can join the artist and see her work in a reception on Saturday, June 18.  Juneteenth-inspired piece joins permanent art collection The … Read more

New on Kanopy: Upgraded web experience & Oak Park’s top films & shows

Screenshot of updated Kanopy homepage

Noticed a new design on the Kanopy website this week? Earlier this month, Kanopy rolled out an upgraded streaming experience available in your web browser that’s more intuitive, responsive, and user-centered. Wondering what to watch next? Check out what Oak Parkers are streaming below » What’s new in the Kanopy web browser There’s nothing you … Read more

New partnership shines a light on local BIPOC artists

Jordan Campbell and Jon Veal

To amplify awareness around the creative work of local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists, a new spring program series combines people and resources from your library and the local community arts organization Compound Yellow. Everyone of all ages is welcome to attend these free educational programs funded by an Illinois State Library … Read more

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