We suggest: Titles to take care of you

Self-care on Scrabble titles

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton It’s always important to prioritize self-care, but if you need an excuse (you don’t), September is Self-Care Awareness Month. 7 books that encourage self-care Body Talk: How to Embrace Your Body and Start Living Your Best Life by Katie Sturino Why you should try it: This fun and upbeat … Read more

Virtual health & wellness programs with your library

Woman meditating outside

Everyone can use some health and wellness support in these times, and your library is committed to providing free access to all. Register via the library’s calendar for ongoing programs like Midday Meditation, Grief Journaling, and more, which are regularly held on Zoom. Find program details below, as well as more health and wellness resources … Read more

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Person receiving a vaccine

Find useful, local resources on how, where, and when to find COVID-19 vaccinations on this page. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now » As of August 6, masks are required inside all library buildings, at outside storytimes, and when visiting the Book Bike. Read the August 5 Village of Oak Park Health … Read more

Improving building air quality & energy efficiency

Work is happening this spring at the Main Library to improve indoor air quality and to reduce electricity consumption and waste.  Air quality and safety: To support safety for our staff and community, we’re reducing the risk of airborne viral transmission by installing an air purification system in our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) … Read more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Coordinated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, this annual campaign is designed to raise awareness and educate the public on the prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Learn more about the history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at nsvrc.org » In support … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders, and briefings (watch live or listen to audio … Read more

Teens invited to share their voice on managing stress and anxiety, creating new app

Teens on Smart Phones

The library is partnering with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), on a project to design new smartphone apps that help teens better understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to get involved in this research project. Virtual interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

Meet Rose, your new Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our new Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, … Read more

Meet Darcel: ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’

As the library’s Teen Services Specialist, Darcel Washington provides outreach and program support to kids in grades 6-12. Darcel joined the library last November, bringing more than 15 years of experience in creating innovative youth development programs. With the library, she works on youth programs such as Living History and Leading Edge, plus this month’s … Read more

We suggest: Disability reads

Child with hearing aide reading book

Each October, we recognize Health Literacy Month, a time to promote the importance of understandable health information. October is also a month chosen to highlight awareness of many disability communities, a time to call for acceptance of and advocacy for people who use communication aids to speak, have Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, … Read more

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