Celebrating Disability Pride Month: Books, an in-library display, supported events & more

Celebrating Disability Pride Month written on the Disability Pride flag

Your public library is here to connect you with books, learning experiences, events, and online resources that celebrate people with disabilities and disability as an identity in July and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming supported events. View: A special display in the Main Library Idea … Read more

Hiring the library’s next executive director

Main Library entrance

At its June 21 regular meeting, the Board of Library Trustees President Matt Fruth led discussion and collected trustee feedback on suggested interview questions and a ranking rubric developed by RGW Consulting to be used during virtual interviews with three final candidates. Fruth also shared candidate names as: Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Newark Public Library Director … Read more

Celebrating Pride Month: Books, learning experiences & more

Pride Month in one text on a rainbow background

Your public library is here to connect you with books, learning experiences, events, and online resources that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming events. View: A special display in the Main Library Idea Box through June 15 and test … 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

Juneteenth 2022: Celebrate in community

Juneteenth 2021 at Taylor Park. Photo by Buzz McBride.

On Sunday, June 19, all library locations will be closed for Juneteenth. This national, state, and Oak Park holiday celebrates African Americans’ freedom from enslavement in the United States. Look for Oak Park’s Book Bike and library staff marching in the Oak Park Juneteenth parade, organized by community members and co-sponsored by the Village of … Read more

Titles honoring Malcolm X

Malcolm X titles in a collage

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Learn more about the life of Malcolm X with these nonfiction and fiction materials—as we celebrate what would have been his 97th birthday on May 19. Materials about Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X Why you should try it: Consistently making lists of the best … Read more

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

LETAB launches ‘The Essentials Drive’

Main Library Lobby

This message was originally sent to library staff from our Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez. Thanks, Alex, for capturing the spirit of the LETAB Essentials Drive (which continues through May 16) and what it provides to our community! Donations will benefit three local charities: Sarah’s Inn, New Moms, and Housing Forward. Hello everyone, As some … Read more

#WhoWasPercyJulian

Main Library display

Follow us on social media All week long—and in honor of his birthday on April 11—#OakPark‘s Special Collections team is sharing information via displays in the library and on the library’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) about this great American research chemist and pioneer. Visiting the library? Be sure to check out onsite … 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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