Resolution in Support of Library Staff, Collections, and Programming

Board headshot collage

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees on October 6, 2022 Whereas the Oak Park Public Library adheres to the American Library Association Freedom to Read Statement; Whereas the Oak Park Public Library adheres to the American Library Association Freedom to View Statement; Whereas the Oak Park Public Library has Collection Strategy Statement that was … Read more

Celebrating National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day October 11 on a rainbow background

First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates “coming out”—living life openly as a member of the LGBTQ community—and raises awareness of the community and civil rights movement. Below, find coming-out stories for all ages and online resources to mark the 33rd anniversary of this national day. Coming out titles for all ages Online resources … Read more

Honoring Indigenous People

Indigenous Peoples Day October 10

By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes that Native peoples were the first inhabitants of North America and celebrates their history, traditions, and stories. Oak Park Public Library acknowledges that Oak Park is situated … Read more

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Browse books, attend events & more

Hispanic Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, events, learning experiences, and online resources that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture this month and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages; Attend: Upcoming events; View: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda in the Idea Box; Watch: Multicultural … 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

Disability Pride books, displays & supported events

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

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

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