Holidays Around the World

A collage of library staff and family members 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. Want more? Try these activities View an in-library display: Throughout December, see a special Holidays Around the World … 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: nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov » Currently on display in the Main Library Idea Box North American, Lakota, … Read more

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Find videos, books, online resources & more

Hispanic Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Hispanic heritage all year long. On this page, you can: Watch Multicultural and Spanish language virtual learning videos. Browse suggested books for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with your Oak Park card … Read more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: East Asian creators & stories

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this week we are celebrating by sharing stories written by East Asian authors. Want more? Find more title suggestions for all ages, videos, online resources, and more » East Asian creators & stories Second Sister by Ho-Kei Chan Why you should … Read more

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Find videos, books & more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Watch Multicultural virtual learning videos. Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with … Read more

April is Arab American Heritage Month: See artifacts on display at the Main Library & find books, videos & more

Arab American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Find information about an upcoming display in the Main … Read more

Meet Juanta: ‘Multicultural learning teaches us to see the world beyond our neighborhoods’

‘I am passionate about multicultural education’ Juanta Griffin, a longtime Oak Park resident and arts educator, is the library’s new Multicultural Learning Coordinator. In this role, she explores and shares learning from the library’s Multicultural Collection, which is curated to help our community explore cultures and build empathy. “I am passionate about multicultural education not … Read more

Virtual library programs connect regulars, draw new participants

Video chat screen

Like so much else these days, our monthly library groups for writers, performers, language learners, and more are now meeting virtually. While all in-person programs are canceled through August, these online programs are drawing new participants as well as regulars. For example, Oak Parkers who joined the virtual French Conversation Hour in April met new … Read more

Replica Benin bronzes on display at Main Library

Sculptures on pedestals in front of bookshelves

Six replica Benin bronzes are now on display on the Main Library’s third floor, with three more coming soon. Part of the library’s Multicultural Collection, these replicas can spark important conversations about pre-colonial African culture and the repatriation of cultural heritage artifacts. The original Benin bronzes, from the Kingdom of Benin in what is now … Read more

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