Connecting you to Black history, then & now

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Your public library is here to connect us with each other through books, resources, and experiences that celebrate Black history and culture. Browse titles we suggest More librarian-curated reading lists Ebooks, digital audiobooks, movies & more View the Julian Legacy Museum in the Idea Box The Julian Legacy Museum in the Main Library Idea Box … Read more

BingePass gives you 7 days of unlimited streaming

New! Hoopla BingePass with an icon featuring two tickets on a starbust background

With hoopla‘s new BingePass and your Oak Park library card, you can get unlimited streaming for seven days with a single borrow! Let’s get started… How do I use hoopla’s BingePass? Watch the video below for an overview but please note that this video shows how to access BingePass using an iPhone. For instructions on … Read more

Honoring MLK Day: Books, a display, resources & more

Artistic rendering of Martin Luther King Jr. with an American flag in the background

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 15), all library buildings will be closed, and we’ve gathered together title suggestions, online resources, and more for you to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the best-known leaders of the civil rights movement. Check out these titles More from your digital library: Watch films … Read more

Online safety (Part 2): Fun & interactive lessons for kids & caregivers

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam Whether playing video games, chatting with friends, watching videos, or browsing a favorite website, it’s important to keep online safety in mind. Although most of us are aware of important online safety tips, we all need helpful reminders, and kids need continual guidance to stay safe on the internet. Previously, … Read more

Best of 2023: Kids & picture books

Best of 2023: Kids & Picture Books

Oak Park’s Best of 2023 is back! Our annual librarian-curated selection of titles features some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers. See our kids and picture books favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction: General | Adult fiction: Romance, lives & relationships | Adult fiction: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi & fantasy | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Teen nonfiction … Read more

Holidays Around the World

A collage of library staff and family members celebrating the holidays

From Diwali, Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa celebrations to the observance of the winter solstice, Oak Park library staff love sharing their own winter holiday traditions with you in our annual Holidays Around the World! In addition to stories, videos, and photos, you’ll find related music, games, stories, and recipes for families to explore. Click the … Read more

Just for kids: Educational & fun apps, a librarian-curated list

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam During winter break, parents and caregivers may find themselves stressing about the amount of time that their kids are spending on a screen. While it’s surely important to set limits, time spent playing educational apps can offer kids fun and valuable learning experiences. But with so many games and apps to … Read more

Updated: Early Bird Learning videos: A virtual tutorial for babies, toddlers & preschoolers

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris The trees are changing, the weather is cooling, and the days are shortening. Winter is on its way! The changing seasons always offer great learning opportunities for kids, who are already asking why all of the above is happening. Explore the virtual tutorial Caregivers and parents, we’ve heard from you … Read more

Gift Guide 2023

Gift Guide 2023 text with a gold gift box wrapped in a white ribbon surrounded by glitter stars

Looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Might we suggest a great book? Our collection management librarians have gathered some of their favorite recently published titles that are sure to engage, educate, and inspire people of all ages on your list! Adults | Teens & kids Adults: for the… Teens & kids: for the…