How to get free passes & discounted admission to museums & cultural attractions

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By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian Spring is just around the corner, and like me, you might be itching to get out of the house after months of mostly being inside over the winter. This time of year can be fickle, not quite winter and not quite spring; it’s a weird, in-between time … Read more

Winter horror films that’ll chill you to the bone

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by Andrea Trejo, Collection Management Librarian Who says horror is just for Halloween? Winter can be equally terrifying—with long dark nights and uncontrollable storms that can be truly isolating, both figuratively and literally. So grab your favorite blanket, turn off the lights, and lean into the horror of winter with these titles! Bone-chilling films About … Read more

New art on display at the library in March

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 student artwork hanging on Main Library Lobby Community Space wall

March is Youth Art Month All March in the Main Library Lobby Community Space: We’re delighted to welcome back a Youth Art Month display (pictured above and below). Student artists in grades K-5, from all eight Oak Park Elementary School District 97 schools, contributed their art to this display. Come in for a close viewing … Read more

Celebrating 50 years of hip hop

Hip Hop graphic with Queens Public Library logo

Oak Park Public Library is thrilled to be one of more than 30 organizations around the country—including libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and archives—partnering for Collections of Culture: 50 Years of Hip Hop Inside Libraries, Museums and Archives.  Led by the Queens (NY) Public Library (QPL) as part of the six-month celebration, funded through a $267,760 … Read more

How to watch Oscar-nominated films

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The countdown to the big night has begun! The 95th Academy Awards airs Sunday, March 12, and your library has two ways to watch some of the most-talked-about films of the year. Join us: Register now for our 13th Annual Oscarthon Saturday, March 11, 9 am-5 pm, Main Library Veterans Room No need to wait on … Read more

Oak Park artist awakens to new passion, displays paintings at Maze Branch in February

Three paintings by Chris Brown above the bookshelves at Maze Branch Library

By Kristen Romanowski, Staff Writer & Editor “No harm in trying.” That’s what Oak Park resident Chris Brown told himself last fall when he put in a proposal to exhibit his paintings at the library. A relative newcomer to painting, Brown says he first tried his hand at it “in the depths of the pandemic,” … Read more

‘My lineage begins there. That’s a big part of my fascination and pursuit of documenting these wonderful people’: Photographer Jason Dorsey debuts portraits at Main Library

Massai tribesperson photographed in profile

By Kristen Romanowski, Staff Writer & Editor Growing up, Jason Dorsey always knew he wanted to travel. “It’s almost like I had a thread of adventure inside of me, always,” he says. So he joined the U.S. Marines in 2000, right out of high school. But after returning home from active duty four years later, … Read more

‘Outsider’ bird art brightens Maze Branch in winter

Artwork of woodpeckers and a cardinal by Casey Jones above bookshelves at Maze Branch

By Kristen Romanowski, Staff Writer & Editor Want to see some colorful birds during these dreary January days? Just look up. Above the bookshelves at Maze Branch, that is, where artwork by outsider artist Casey Jones went up earlier this month. Using recycled materials like packing boxes and paper, plus paint and glitter “and whatever … Read more

New in 2022: Recently released scary movies

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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

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