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Supporting Summer Fun

Visit a Chicago-area museum The Museum Adventure Pass program provides special offers and discounts to library cardholders at unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area. Participating destinations include beautiful outdoor spaces such as Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, and Chicago Botanic ...
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Stories for all families

Stories to reflect all families

“When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read ... they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” —Rudine Sims Bishop, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” ...
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Teen Summer Volunteers hold up blankets they made for donation in 2017

Summer learning for teen volunteers

With school out and summer in full swing, the Teen Summer Volunteer Program at the library kicked off its 10th year this week. One major objective of the program is to help teens develop and improve existing job skills. Throughout ...
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/ Grades 6-12, Teens
Pop-Up Library storytime in Maple Park

Let’s grow early readers … in our parks!

The following letter to the editor, by staff from the Oak Park Public Library, the Collaboration for Early Childhood, New Moms, and the Park District of Oak Park, was published in the June 12 edition of the Wednesday Journal and has been lightly edited ...
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/ Kids & Families
1000 Books Jillian Zarlenga

Building reading into each day

This summer, families with young children who sign up for our summer reading program also have the opportunity to sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. It asks families to read—you guessed it—1,000 books together before their babies, toddlers, ...
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/ Kids & Families
Ravinia

Free Ravinia Tickets at A Day in Our Village

Love free live music and the great outdoors? We've got good news for you! Ravinia Festival has once again generously offered Oak Park Public Library cardholders tickets to summer concerts. Specific dates are available for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Martin Theater ...
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/ Announcements
Staff Discussion at Julian House

Poems to read and share

The following One View, written by library Deputy Director Jim Madigan, was published in the May 23 edition of the Wednesday Journal.  This past Christmas I was lucky enough to receive A People's History of Chicago, a collection of poems by Kevin ...
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/ Authors & Books
Two girls selecting books from the Book Bike

Pop-up library in the parks

Share books, songs, and play in our parks Weather permitting, come check out books in Oak Park parks, engaging with neighbors, and signing up for our kids' summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Then, see where else the Book Bike will be ...
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