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

We suggest: 2021 audiobook award winners

Audie Award Winners Book Covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Love listening to audiobooks? Each year the best of the best are honored at the Audie Awards, a ceremony held to recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Check out a selection of winners that were announced at this year’s virtual event, held on March 22. The Audies & their … Read more

Join us for anti-racism circles this spring

What is a circle? With library staff photo grid

This spring, join us for anti-racism community discussions using the model of circles, a restorative practice which honors our stories, community relationships, and ability to keep learning from each other.  Register for upcoming anti-racism circles Wednesday, March 31, 6 pm: Community Circle – Identifying the Real Story of Rosa Parks. Register in Zoom » Monday, April 15, … Read more

Coming soon: Nonfiction titles to put on hold now

Coming Soon: Nonfiction book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Love to be among the first to discover an amazing new book? We’re switching it up this month and sharing some books that you might get to brag about being the first among your friends to read. Put a hold on these nonfiction titles before everyone else does! Nonfiction … Read more

COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

Vaccine information » About COVID-19 » Fact-checker » As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. To help continue to contain the spread of … Read more

Maze Branch to open April 19 with limited hours, services

Maze Branch front entrance

As restrictions lessen and more vaccine appointments become available, we expect to open the Maze Branch Library with limited hours and services on Monday, April 19. In-person, self-service visits to Maze Branch, as they are at the Main Library, will look different than they did in pre-COVID times.  For everyone’s safety, masks will be required to … Read more

Transgender Day of Visibility: Books for early learners & grade schoolers

Book covers

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). Founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the resilience and accomplishments of transgender and nonbinary people. Back in November, we shared books and resources about gender identity. This time, in honor of TDoV, let’s explore some books written … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders, and briefings (watch live or listen to audio … Read more

Tech Tips: How to find the menu in an app

Phone screen showing an app menu

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel When using apps and programs it can sometimes be hard to figure out how to access the menu. It can seem like the icons you need to tap to open the menu are constantly changing, even between app updates! While apps are always updating, some basics will stay the same.  … Read more

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