Holidays Around the World

Library staff celebrating the holidays

Our annual event is virtual! Library staff members have recorded videos and written stories to share their holiday traditions and memories with you, plus there are fun books, crafts, games, videos, and more for families to explore. Coming soon: A special Holidays Around the World display in the Main Library Idea Box. Stay tuned! Want … Read more

We suggest: National Book Awards 2021

Book covers of the National Book Award 2021 winners: Hell of a Book, All That She Carried, Floaters: Poems, Winter in Sokcho, Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Check out the 2021 National Book Awards winners and our readalike title suggestions, curated by Oak Park’s fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Learn more about how the awards work from the National Book Foundation » Winners & readalikes

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 2)

Kid raising hands in triumph while working on a laptop with shelves filled with books in the background

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As mentioned in my first post in this series, Google is a great resource of information and can be a useful first source when researching for school projects. But did you know that there are many subscription-based library resources that can be accessed online with your Oak Park library card? … Read more

What’s new for kids: Playaway Launchpads

Kids using Playaway Launchpad

Playaway Launchpads are tablets pre-loaded with high-quality learning apps and games for kids ages preschool through fifth grade. No ads. No download time. No need for internet access. Available at all locations. Children can create a personal avatar and choose their own adventures. From math and science to reading and music, launchpads are 100% secure, designed … Read more

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: » Currently on display in the Main Library Idea Box North American, Lakota, … Read more

Dress-up imaginative play: Videos & books for early learners

Cartoon children in different costumes with a confetti background

by Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris It’s been a week since Halloween: is your kid still wearing their costumes? Dress-up imaginative play is such an important part of childhood! You know what big fans we are of Mr. Rogers here at the library, and this quote really resonated: “One of Fred’s favorite stories was about a … Read more

All about astrology: A virtual tutorial, books & more

Birth chart with cards featuring different phases of the moon and zodiac signs

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott Astrology and astronomy are similar words that are easy to confuse! Both relate to space and the universe, but astronomy is a branch of science, and astrology is an interpretation of the movements of the stars, planets, and other celestial bodies. Back in September, Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove shared books and … Read more

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