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

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 amazing authors. Check out works from some of these authors below, plus find books about Oak Park and local history resources to help you explore more!

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Spotlight on Respect the Mic

Place a hold now on this soon-to-published poetry anthology showcasing 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of the Oak Park-River Forest High School Spoken Word Club.

Expected publication date: February 1

Description: This vivid new collection of poetry and prose—curated by award-winning and bestselling poets Hanif Abdurraqib, Franny Choi, Peter Kahn, and Dan "Sully" Sullivan—illuminates just that, uplifting the incredible legacy this community has cultivated. Among the dozens of current students and alumni, Respect the Mic features work by NBA star Iman Shumpert, National Youth Poet Laureates Kara Jackson and Natalie Richardson, comedian Langston Kerman, and more.

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More Oak Park creations

The Oak Park Creates collection is home to books, poetry, music, and movies created by Oak Park authors and artists. Browse the collection »

Explore more local history

Serving as a public library since 1903, the Oak Park Public Library plays a critical role in archiving and supporting local history—including maintaining our Special Collections—and offering tools to support your local history and genealogy research. Plus, find books all about Oak Park below!

Books about Oak Park

Steiner Index

Research your Oak Park home’s history, as well as that of more buildings in Oak Park and River Forest. See the Steiner Index »