Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance Idea Box display in the Main Library

Extended: ‘Gender Is a Galaxy, Gender Is a Weapon’ This Idea Box exhibit has been extended to hold space for mourning and to honor the victims of the shooting that took place on November 19 at Club Q, an LGBTQ Nightclub in Colorado Springs. One day before Transgender Day of Remembrance, a shooter attacked Club … Read more

National Book Awards & readalikes 2022

WINNERS written in all caps above a collage of book covers

Check out the 2022 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

Gift Guide 2022

Gift Guide 2022 text next to two wrapped boxes with cards featuring stamped trees

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…

Especially for older adults: Get ready for the holidays with help from your library

A mother and daughter cutting up food and preparing a meal together

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian Somehow, it’s November! Which means that the holidays are quickly approaching. If you’re like me you haven’t even started to think about shopping, cooking, and gathering. But, hopefully, you’re a little more on top of things than I am. Either way, the library has a lot of … Read more

Tech Tips: How to use Consumer Reports

Two older adults laughing while using a laptop and holding a credit card

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian Are you thinking about buying a new car, appliance, gadget, or literally anything else, but feeling overwhelmed or not sure where to start? Consumer Reports is designed to help you navigate all of the options and narrow down products based on consumer tests and reviews. Their goal … Read more

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Books, artifacts, online resources & more

Native American Heritage Month display with books in the Main Library Lobby

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Native American heritage all year. Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages; View: A special display at Dole Branch Library; Check out: Artifacts from the Multicultural Collection; Watch: A multicultural learning video; Visit: The Mitchell Museum of the American … Read more

Scary stories, horrifying tales & lots of Halloween fun

Stack of jack-o-lanterns

It’s officially Halloween season! And your Oak Park librarians are back with spine-chilling reads, creepy tales, and lots more Halloween fun: Browse: 13 curated titles each for adults, teens, and kids, plus more digital titles. Watch: Videos about letting kids take the lead on how scary they want their stories and two great books to … Read more

Especially for older adults: 3 ways to take charge of your health during Health Literacy Month

Older adult meditating in a garden

By Rose Barnes, Health & Senior Services Librarian I love the seasonal changes that occur in October and especially enjoy watching the leaves change color and taking long walks. What I don’t love about October is the increased possibility of catching a cold or the flu. Luckily, October is Health Literacy Month, a time to … Read more

Celebrating National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day October 11 on a rainbow background

First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates “coming out”—living life openly as a member of the LGBTQ community—and raises awareness of the community and civil rights movement. Below, find coming-out stories for all ages and online resources to mark the 33rd anniversary of this national day. Coming out titles for all ages Online resources … Read more

Honoring Indigenous People

Indigenous Peoples Day October 10

By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes that Native peoples were the first inhabitants of North America and celebrates their history, traditions, and stories. Oak Park Public Library acknowledges that Oak Park is situated … Read more

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