Events to help you keep your New Year’s intentions, especially for older adults

Tibetan singing bowl in sound meditation therapy

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian January is a month when many set intentions for the New Year and some may even take on new projects or hobbies. This year, my intention is to slow down and be more present in my interactions and activities. With that in mind, I’d like to highlight … Read more

New year, fresh start: Title suggestions, health & wellness programs

New Year: Fresh Start 2023 text with colorful firework background

Happy New Year, Oak Park! Not big on resolutions? We understand! For some, the start of a new year is a time for wish-making and goal-setting. What would you like to feel, do, or experience more—or less—of this year? Might we suggest less stress, more movement, less clutter, or more color in 2023? Below you’ll … Read more

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

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