Especially for older adults: 3 ways to take charge of your health during Health Literacy Month

Older adult meditating in a garden

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian I love the seasonal changes that occur in October and especially enjoy watching the leaves change color and taking long walks. What I don’t love about October is the increased possibility of catching a cold or the flu. Luckily, October is Health Literacy Month, a time to … Read more

COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Woman wearing mask

Pandemic response plan » Library fact-checker » Here’s more about how your public library is continuing to serve you during the pandemic. Questions? Contact us online now or call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources, contact our Social Services and Public Safety team » What’s happening now We are in Service Level 3. All library buildings are open, masks are optional for entry … Read more

Especially for older adults: 5 ways to get more from your Oak Park library card

Patron posing with new library card

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! In celebration, I’d like to share some hidden benefits of having an Oak Park library card. Did you know that there is so much that you can do with your library card beyond checking out materials and logging onto a computer? … Read more

Especially for older adults: Digital magazines & resources for hobbies & crafts

Older adult and child knitting together

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian While August often marks the end of summer, the heat and long days still prevail. If you’re like me and love the heat, then it might be the perfect time to check out a magazine and sit outside. Or, maybe you prefer the relief of an air-conditioned … Read more

Growing readers in the Irving Bookworm Garden

Kids planting in garden beds

A book-themed garden at a local elementary school? We can dig it! Since spring 2019, the Bookworm Garden at Irving Elementary School has been growing pollinator-friendly flowers, fruits, and veggies. And with a different children’s book featured in each raised bed, this garden also nurtures a lifelong love of reading in the students who work … Read more

Abortion resources

Patient and friend in clinic waiting room signing patient journal

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that established the right to an abortion, our librarians have compiled the resources listed below. Looking for something not listed here? Roe v. Wade Conversations Roe v. Wade Conversations (catalog list compiled in May 2022) Adult titles Nonfiction Abortion and the Politics … Read more

Driving resources, especially for older adults

Older adults posing by a car pulling a camper

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Safety while driving is important at any age, but as you age, there are some additional factors to consider in regard to driving safely. Stiff joints or pain, slower reaction time and reflexes, changes in eyesight, and hearing loss all can affect your driving. However, with age … Read more

Celebrating Seniors Week 2022

Two older adults looking at a tablet

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Celebrating Seniors Week, May 12-19, is a wonderful way to engage with your community to honor, recognize, and serve the community’s older adults in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. The event series is organized by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, a group of dedicated volunteers that are “passionate … Read more

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