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

Resources for autistic people & their caregivers

Autism with cut paper rainbow on a cloud

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris So you, your child, or your student has been diagnosed with autism? Congratulations! As overwhelming as it can be to hear a diagnosis, you are now ready to find and receive the supports you need to live the life you want for yourself. There are a lot of negative and … Read more

Earth Day: 7 ways to get involved

Earth Day April 22

Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22 since 1970. Learn more about Earth Day and its history from EarthDay.org, and below find seven ways to get involved locally! 1. Turn trash into treasure Celebrate Earth Day with your friends at the Main Library after school! In the Earth Day Upcycle Crafts for Kids & … Read more

Take care of your body at any age: Chair yoga sessions, books, videos & more

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By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes Yoga is a mind and body practice with many benefits such as increased flexibility, strength, and balance. It can help: Reduce stress and anxiety, Develop inner awareness and focus, and Improve cognitive skills such as memory and understanding. Essentially, it’s a wonderful way to help take care of … Read more

Oak Park’s Climate Plan: Ways to get involved

Village of Oak Park Climate Plan

The Village of Oak Park is asking all residents to get involved and share thoughts on its equity-centered, community-driven Oak Park Climate Plan. Learn more about climate science & share your thoughts Check out the Oak Park Climate Plan website to: Learn more about the science behind climate change and local impacts, including more flooding, … Read more

Meet Rose, your Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our 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, baking, … Read more

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

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