Supported gardening: What’s happening in the Community Sensory Garden

Miss Eileen planting in the Accessible Community Garden

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Did you know that 70% of disabled adults do not engage in community activities? The first time I heard this statistic it gave me pause. I see it with my disabled brother and his friends, but it’s hard to see it widely confirmed. It’s what inspired me to develop a … Read more

37 things to do with your little ones this summer

An illustration of worms working in a garden with two cats looking on and a rainbow in the background

There is so much to do and explore during the summer! Together with the Collaboration for Early Childhood, we’ve put together a collection of activities and free, fun, local community events—especially for families with young children happening all summer long. Take advantage of this beautiful season and enjoy the sunshine and long days with your … Read more

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

Miss Eileen singing

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Summer is the perfect time for tons of outdoor play! We’ve compiled some of our favorite songs, activities, and rhymes to give you some great ways to explore nature and enjoy the weather, all while giving your kids a literacy boost. Explore the virtual tutorial Caregivers and parents, we’ve heard … Read more

Kids summer reading: Kids as young as 2 can join the fun!

Kids and pets reading under a blanket

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Most people look at summer as a time to relax and have fun. For Children’s Services Librarians, it’s our busy season! We’ve spent the past few months preparing the summer reading program, and now it’s here! This summer, our theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library. Once again we are using … Read more

Celebrate summer reading & Pride Month: Events & books for kids

Line drawings of a calendar, a book, and a bingo card on a rainbow background

By Hal, Rainbow Services Librarian This year, our theme for kids summer reading is Adventure Begins at Your Library. Reading books, trying out something new in a Discovery Kit, or attending a library event can all be adventures. I think the best adventures teach us more about ourselves and those around us.  June 1 is … Read more

Celebrating Pride Month

Collage of book covers

Your public library is here to connect you with books, learning experiences, events, and online resources that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June and all year long. On this page, you can: Browse titles we suggest Just for kids From your digital library Ebooks, audiobooks & movies Magazines *The Advocate is now part of Out magazine … Read more

Tech Tip: How to use Beanstack to register for summer reading

Beanstack logo with an adult using a tablet in the background

By Digital Learning Specialist Amelia Get ready for an awesome adventure at your public library this summer! We’re thrilled to kick off our summer reading program (for kids and adults), which runs all summer long—June 1-August 21. Once again, we’re bringing back Beanstack, a cool digital tracker, to help you keep track of your summer … Read more

Meet author, artist & ‘library guy’ Jacob Grant

Jacob Grant with covers of three books, Bear's Scare, No Pants! and Umami, and an acorn character reading a book on a cushion of leaves

Jacob Grant is an award-winning Oak Park author, illustrator, and dad who makes picture books, including Umami, No Pants!, and Bear’s Scare. He won the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustration Exhibition earlier this year. And he designed our new acorn character mascot for the Pop-Up Library initiative, which debuted in April! Learn more and … 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

Celebrating Jewish American heritage

Book cover collage of Jewish American History Month titles

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Jewish American history and culture this month and all year long. On this page, you can: The month of May is recognized as Jewish American Heritage Month by the White House. Title suggestions for all ages Celebration event … Read more