Honoring Women’s History Month: Books, experiences & more

Celebrating Women's History

Your public library is here to connect us with each other through books, resources, and experiences that celebrate women’s history. On this page, you can: Browse: Title suggestions for all ages. Experience: A kids scavenger hunt in the library. Learn & play: With videos and activities for early learners. Attend: Programs via Zoom and in the … Read more

Update: Both doors at Dole Center available for library entry

This change was made in accordance with a Village order that has now expired. This change came from the Park District of Oak Park to comply with the Village of Oak Park’s public health order in response to the current surge of COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the Oak Park order mandates proof of vaccination for customers age 5 … Read more

Connecting you to Black history

Celebrating Black History

Your public library is here to connect us with each other through books, resources, and experiences that celebrate Black history and culture. On this page, you can: Watch: “My Black History” as community members give a glimpse of our culture beyond our neighborhoods. Find: Fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. Experience: A special exhibit … Read more

Happy 120th Birthday, Oak Park! Books by Oak Parkers & local history resources

Historic photos of Oak Park decorated with birthday hats and starbursts

Happy Birthday, Oak Park! On January 25, 1902, Oak Park, Illinois was officially incorporated as a village. See a copy of the original articles of incorporation » Today, Oak Park is home to about 54,500 people in 4.5 square miles, and we’re very lucky to say that the village is and has been home to some … Read more

Tech Tips: How to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program: Helping Families Connect

By Digital Learning Librarian Amy Hofmockel & Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an FCC benefit program to help people afford internet services. If you qualify, the ACP can help pay for monthly internet service and even provide a one-time discount for an internet-capable device. The ACP is an expanded and modified … Read more

Honoring MLK Day: Activities, books, resources & more

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

Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. as a day on, not a day off on Monday, January 17. Below find title suggestions, online resources, and more to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the best-known leaders of the civil rights movement. And, yes, we’re open! The Main Library and Maze Branch … Read more

Celebrating Betty White: Books, TV shows & more

Betty White smiling on the red carpet

Betty White was a television powerhouse. With a career that spanned over 70 years and included roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland, Betty White has touched the lives of generations. Born right here in Oak Park in 1922, Betty would have been 100 years old on January … Read more

Meet Rose, your Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, baking, … Read more

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