Virtual library programs connect regulars, draw new participants

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Like so much else these days, our monthly library groups for writers, performers, language learners, and more are now meeting virtually. While all in-person programs are canceled through August, these online programs are drawing new participants as well as regulars. For example, Oak Parkers who joined the virtual French Conversation Hour in April met new … Read more

Four ways to celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

Celebrating Earth Day with smiling Earth and hearts

Happy 50th anniversary, Earth Day! Held every year on April 22, this year’s theme is climate action. Looking for easy, fun, and meaningful ways to celebrate at home? Here are four suggestions! New! Need a card? Sign up for a digital-only account » Questions about PINs? Read more about resetting PINs » Need help? Have a question? Contact us » … Read more

Found online for adults & teens: Entertainment & fun

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As your public library, we love to share! Here’s a roundup of free entertainment resources for adults and teens that we’ve been collecting. Have something to share? Please do! Email communications@oppl.org. Nature Explore the natural world around you with free field guides from The Field Museum. Experience spring garden moments with the Chicago Botanic Garden. … Read more

Featured artist: Tia Etu

Peace Sign Mosaic

Featured on the cover of the latest issue of The Storyline, the mosaic peace sign sculpture (pictured above) was created by teen library volunteers and local artist Tia Etu. It now stands outside Dole Center, 255 Augusta St., home to Dole Branch Library.  Etu, a working artist with a studio on Harrison Street in the … Read more

Featured artist: Chris Ware

Book cover of Chris Ware's Rusty Brown

Celebrated artist, author, former Oak Parker and School of the Art Institute alum Chris Ware has a new book out, Rusty Brown. Here’s what Slate and The New York Times Book Review had to say about it. And coincidentally, a Rusty Brown comic strip is one of the three Chris Ware pieces owned and displayed on the third floor of … Read more

Art in the library: Inspiring empathy, connection

In November, two traveling art exhibits that inspire empathy and connection are on display at the Main Library. When Home Won’t Let You Stay, in the Idea Box, shares stories and portraits of refugees. Community on a Shelf, in the Lobby Community Engagement Space, explores the human side of mental illness, community support, and libraries. … Read more

More Than a Month widens the lens in 2019

The Color of Art still

It started as a way to celebrate the black experience all year long, and not just during Black History Month. Now, almost 36 months later, the library’s More Than a Month series kicks off its fourth year with an expanded outlook and programs that promote conversation and year-round enrichment for all. ‘It’s both/and’ More Than … Read more

A look back: One Book in 2018

A People’s History of Chicago was at the center of our One Book, One Oak Park series in 2018. In 77 poems, author Kevin Coval traces the city’s history through often untold perspectives, including African-American, Latinx, LGBTQ, and working-class experiences. Find it in the catalog » Poems that bridge time and place One thread running … Read more

Women and gender in Islam

Understanding the World of Islam

By Maliha Chishti Dr. Maliha Chishti is a researcher specializing in war and post-conflict peacebuilding and a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy. On Wednesday, October 3, she joins us at the Main Library at 7 pm as part of the ongoing series Understanding the World of Islam, presented in partnership with the … Read more

Celebrating Seniors Week

Celebrating Seniors

Join your community in Celebrating Seniors Week, eight days dedicated to honoring, recognizing, and serving seniors in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park, April 26-May 3. Seniors and their families are invited to join us at your library for a variety of events happening throughout the week. What Will You Do With Tomorrow? Thursday, … Read more

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