Listen to the youth: Knowledge is power

Living History Project at the Main Library

On Wednesday, November 28, come listen to young people present what they’ve learned about civil and human rights at the Main Library, from 6:30 to 8 pm. The teens who will be speaking have been preparing for the event since May, as part of their involvement in The Living History Project. It’s a grant-funded initiative … Read more

Oak Park votes yes on nonbinding referendum

Ballot with flag

The following is a joint statement from the park district, township and the library. Collaboration is vital for addressing issues, effecting change On Nov. 6, Oak Parkers approved the following nonbinding referendum: “Shall the merger and consolidation of Oak Park taxing bodies be considered, including, but not limited to, the Village of Oak Park, Oak … 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

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

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