Honoring Native American Heritage Month

Idea Box

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Native American heritage all year long. This commemorative month was officially designated as Native American Heritage Month by the U.S. Congress in 1990. More: nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov » Currently on display in the Main Library Idea Box North American, Lakota, … Read more

Donate new socks at the Main Library in Socktober

Socktober! Donate new socks here!

Help us warm souls AND soles by donating new socks all October to benefit the clients of Housing Forward. And during the last week of October, we’ll be collecting donations of warm kids’ clothing and gear for Cradles to Crayons. October 1-31: New socks for Housing Forward clients Did you know that socks are consistently among the most … Read more

Thanks for a colorful summer of learning & joy!

Thanks to all who participated in a joyful summer of creative learning with your public library! This summer’s reading program, Reading Colors Your World, was about so much more than reading, says Elementary School Services Librarian Genevieve Grove. “It was about experiential learning, getting kids physically moving and out exploring in nature, and having fun … Read more

Year of the Butterfly: ‘United by biking, nature & gardening’

‘Family-friendly and community-building’ On Saturday, August 21, we partnered with Bike Walk Oak Park for a bicycle tour of native gardens throughout Oak Park. The collaborative event was part of the Year of the Butterfly, a community initiative to bring awareness about how to support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators.  “I loved … Read more

Year of the Butterfly: Your photos, drawings & more

Monarch caterpillar with leaves, and two boys with butterfly cage

Kids and families have been drawing, observing, crafting, and reading about plants and pollinators in this year’s summer reading program, with special activities that tie into the Year of the Butterfly. Some have even been growing native plants and raising butterflies, and sharing their moments with us. Summer reading runs through August 31, and you … Read more

One online calendar for all of Oak Park

Burbio.com is a free website and mobile app that puts all six Oak Park government agencies and more local organizations in one online calendar. You can choose to create a personalized event feed and even sync events to your Google or iOS calendars. You can also choose to receive notifications if events change. Sign up … Read more

Why anti-racism work is library work

Photo collage showing child clapping, adults in peace circle, teens working together, and teen presenting at Restorative Justice Conference

By David J. Seleb, Executive Director Note: A version of this post first appeared in Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com on May 11, 2021. Read the piece on OakPark.com » We are on an anti-racism journey. This includes working with a local consultant and implementing a new anti-racism strategic plan.  Why are we doing this? Because as … Read more

Giving more attention & leadership to technology and collections

Elizabeth Marszalik, Leigh Tarullo, Kathleen Spale

During the past year, we’ve reaffirmed that technology and collections—both physical and digital—are core and essential services and functions of our library. And they require greater attention and leadership than ever. To address these needs, achieve our strategic objectives, and have a more significant and positive effect on our community and staff, we’ve shifted some … Read more

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