Women and gender in Islam

Understanding the World of Islam

By Maliha Chishti Dr. Maliha Chishti is a researcher specializing in war and post-conflict peacebuilding and a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy. On Wednesday, October 3, she joins us at the Main Library at 7 pm as part of the ongoing series Understanding the World of Islam, presented in partnership with the … Read more

Addressing a national epidemic

National Recovery Month 2018

When it comes to opioid use and abuse, Oak Park and River Forest are really no different than anywhere else in the country, said Mike Charley, Director of the Oak Park Department of Public Health. Local data show increases in overdoses, particularly from heroin, and mirror what’s going on in the rest of the country, … Read more

Refresh your civic knowledge: Local government, the First Amendment, and more

Civics 101

“It’s been a long time since I had a civics or a government class,” a patron wrote to us recently, requesting that the library host community workshops or classes on the workings of government. “Like Civics for Dummies or Civics 101.” You’ve told us: as citizens, you want to be engaged, empowered, and informed. As … Read more

High school hosting America to Me viewings

Still of four teens in a huddle from STARZ America to Me Documentary

Library live-streaming canceled; join us at OPRF Three years ago, Academy Award-nominated director Steve James filmed a year in the life of a dozen Oak Park and River Forest High School students. Due to overwhelming response and limited resources, we have canceled our plans to live-stream at the library. Please join us at Oak Park and … Read more

Pride in being yourself

Ask Me About My Pronouns

Earlier this year, Library Assistant Hal Patnott (pictured above) saw an opportunity to spark conversations about gender identity with families in the Main Library Children’s Services department. As a transgender man who’s often mislabeled as “she,” Patnott said, “it gets exhausting after a while.” So he put up a sign at the service desk: “Ask … Read more

Supporting summer fun

Covers of books: Who is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht, Text Me When You Get Home by Kyle Schaefer, Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, Calypso by David Sedaris, A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey, Sociable by Rebecca Harrington, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, This Is Me: Loving the person you are today by Chrissy Metz; Florida by Lauren Groff, and Love Rules by Joanna Coles

Visit a Chicago-area museum The Museum Adventure Pass program provides special offers and discounts to library cardholders at unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area. Participating destinations include beautiful outdoor spaces such as Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, and Chicago Botanic Garden, historical facilities such as Oak Park’s Pleasant Home Foundation and Naper Settlement, and kid-centric … Read more

Pop-up library in the parks

Two girls selecting books from the Book Bike

Share books, songs, and play in our parks Weather permitting, come check out books in Oak Park parks, engaging with neighbors, and signing up for our kids’ summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Then, see where else the Book Bike will be this summer » “This idea stemmed from what we heard while talking with young families and … Read more

Celebrating Seniors Week

Celebrating Seniors

Join your community in Celebrating Seniors Week, eight days dedicated to honoring, recognizing, and serving seniors in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park, April 26-May 3. Seniors and their families are invited to join us at your library for a variety of events happening throughout the week. What Will You Do With Tomorrow? Thursday, … Read more

Spring break at your library

Opting for a staycation this spring break? Join us for events and activities at your library while school is out for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 March 26-31. Browse all Kids & Families events >American Girl Mystery EventMonday, March 26, 2–3:30 pm, Dole Branch. Decipher the clues and interact with Multicultural Collection artifacts relating to the historical dolls to solve the mystery. Get ready to explore history, learn about Victory Gardens with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, and more! Best for ages 5+. Dress-up encouraged. Please note: Dole Branch will be open during the hours of this event for event attendees only.Kids’ Improv WorkshopMonday, March 26, 6:30–7:30 pm, Maze Branch. Join us for fun and games that are sure to test your quick-thinking skills. Grades 1–4.Spring Break CraftingLaugh, have fun, and create! Ages 4+.Tuesday, March 27, 2–3 pm, Maze BranchThursday, March 29, 2–3 pm, Dole BranchFilm Screening: Despicable Me 3Wednesday, March 28, 2–4 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. (PG, 90 minutes)More Than a Mic: Transgender Day of VisibilityWednesday, March 28, 5–7 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Speak out against transphobia and oppression through performance and visual art at this spoken-word freestyle open mic, part of the library's More Than a Month series.

Opting for a staycation this spring break? Join us for events and activities at your library while school is out for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 March 26-31. Browse all Kids & Families events » American Girl Mystery EventMonday, March 26, 2–3:30 pm, Dole Branch. Decipher the clues and interact with Multicultural Collection artifacts … Read more

Book Bike delivers small-business stories

Book Bike outside Kinslahger Brewing Company

Ride along with the Book Bike as we share the unique #OakParkStories of small businesses, starting this National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6. The idea is to turn outward and amplify voices from the community, said Neighborhood Services Librarian Sarah Yale. “To start, we intentionally reached out to local small businesses in areas not given as much ‘love’ as those in … Read more

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