October is Health Literacy Month

Observed each October, Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of making health information easy to understand. Learn more at healthliteracymonth.org »

Want to take charge of your health? Your public library can help you access trusted health information through online resources, books, virtual programs, and more.

Learn more about health and wellness at your library »

Titles suggested by Oak Park librarians

Online health & wellness resources

Your library card gives you access to subscription-based resources that Google can’t offer:

  • Consumer Health Complete: Content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.
  • Medline: Abstracts of articles in medicine, dentistry, and nursing (not full text).

Upcoming health & wellness events

2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity

Wednesdays & Fridays, October 2-30. We’re excited to announce that Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference will take place virtually, all throughout October. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Each week, we’ll explore one of the four quadrants of the medicine wheel: mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical.

All October, the conference will be held over Zoom. Sessions will be offered throughout the day on every Wednesday and Friday in October.

Medicare Educational Seminar

Thursdays, 5-6 pm. Medicare can be confusing. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, and your potential out of pocket exposure, and learn about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits.

  • October 8
  • October 22

Rhythmic Meditation

Saturday, October 17, 1-2 pm. Join us for a jambalaya blend of spoken word, deep love breaths, and soulful vibrations with a vinyasa flow. Led by yoga teacher Daryl Satcher.

Death Cafe

Sunday, October 18, 2-3:30 pm. At a Death Cafe, people, often strangers, gather to discuss death, with the objective to bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Death Cafes are always offered on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product, or course of action.

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, October 20, 2-3 pm. Join us for a virtual Memory Cafe for seniors and their caretakers.

Grief Journaling Workshop

Sunday, October 25, 2-4 pm. Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, there will be time to share, if you feel so moved. Resources for writing, grief, where to get help, etc. will be provided at each session. Feel free to attend any or all sessions.

Midday Meditation

Thursday, November 5, 12-12:30 pm. Relax and concentrate on your breathing with a midday meditation led by Betsy Grimm.