News & Events

Sensory Garden Launch

New sensory garden at Maze Branch brings fall fun for kids with special needs

October is National Disability Awareness Month. All month, families and kids with special needs can find fun at the library, with programs featuring stories, songs, ...
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Donate at the library this Socktober

Socks are consistently among the most requested items at homeless shelters. All October, we’re collecting new pairs at all library locations to benefit the clients ...
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Outside view of Oak Park Public Library

Community Building Blocks Workshop

UPDATE: September 25, 2018 Here is the Environmental Protection Agency's final 33-page report for Oak Park, titled "Linking Community Building Blocks for Educational, Economic and ...
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Oak Park Stories

Removing assumptions, barriers to access

"People make a lot of assumptions about who is experiencing homelessness, based on how someone looks, acts, smells, or dresses,” said the library's Director of ...
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Social Services and Safety Team group photo

A welcoming place, where everybody is somebody

In March 2016, Robert Simmons joined the library as its first social worker, a direct result of the library’s intentional strategy of listening and responding ...
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PBS The Great American Read: 1984 by George Orwell, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, A Pray for Owen Meany by John Irving, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo, and Alex Cross Mysteries by James Patterson

America’s 100 best-loved novels: Vote for your favorite

Are you reading and watching? PBS's The Great American Read is an eight-part series celebrating the power of reading and exploring 100 of America's best-loved novels. Chosen ...
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Encouraging spontaneous, meaningful language

9 ways to encourage spontaneous, meaningful language

This spring, parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 5 participated in a special workshop at the library, learning how to enrich their ...
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/ Early Learning, Kids & Families
Understanding the World of Islam

Women and gender in Islam

By Maliha Chishti Dr. Maliha Chishti is a researcher specializing in war and post-conflict peacebuilding and a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy ...
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