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Conservation Center crafts a new frame for the library's Scoville Window

Conserving a piece of the past

Special Collections curates, houses, and conserves Oak Park’s historical treasures, and makes them publicly available both in person and digitally. In 2018 we worked with ...
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation certificates

Celebrating early readers: Thousands of books and counting

It's been one year since we launched our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, and our early readers are off to a fabulous start. The library's ...
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Librarian Naomi Priddy reads with families in a Race Conscious Readers workshop

Raising race-conscious readers

In our three-part Race Conscious Readers series this fall, families came together to find ways to talk about race with kids in early elementary school ...
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Panelists Darrius Lightfoot, Quintin Williams, and Tim Crawford at the Restorative Justice Conference at the Main Library in October

What grows with restorative justice?

The first time Chicago police officer Tim Crawford observed a peace circle, he was skeptical. But after a while, "I started to see—hold on—this works," ...
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Book covers for Codex 1962 by Sjon, Waiting for Tomorrow by Nathacha Appanah-Mouriquand, No Loyalty by De'nesha Diamond, There There by Tommy Orange, The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami, Shot Through the Heart by Ms. Bam, BFF's Forever by Brenda Hampton, Black Sugar by Miguel Bonnefy, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, Nostrand Avenue by Kenji Jasper, and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

What’s trending, what we suggest for December

Wondering what to read next? We've got you covered! Based on last month's checkouts, Oak Parkers are loving the titles listed below! Fiction Urban Fiction ...
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Library volunteer Susan Burke

‘A place where people care about community’

After a career working in libraries around Illinois, Susan Burke retired to Oak Park. It was a return—she grew up in Chicago's Austin neighborhood and ...
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Children coloring and making crafts at a Holi celebration

Celebrate diverse cultures

Join us this winter—and all year round—for activities that can help foster empathy in our community. On Wednesday, December 12, discover world holidays through crafts, ...
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Outside view of Oak Park Public Library

Community Building Blocks

OVERVIEW As a conclusion to its July 2018 Community Building Blocks workshop in Oak Park, the Environmental Protection Agency published a 33-page recommendation report titled "Linking ...
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