Celebrating Arab American heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture this month and all year long. On this page, you can:

The month of April is recognized as Arab American Heritage Month in Illinois and the U.S.

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Celebration event

National Arab American Heritage Month Celebration - Hafla
Saturday, April 13, 1-3:30 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

Please join the Oak Park Public Library and our community partners in Celebrating Arab American Heritage month! A vibrant cultural program aimed at fostering understanding, appreciation, and celebration of Arab American heritage. Through a rich tapestry, food sampling, art, workshops, music, and discussions, participants will immerse themselves in the diverse and vibrant cultures of Arab Americans. Register now »

Collaborators include Dima Ali, Founder of Being Different WorkshopsOak Park Neighbors for Peace in Palestine/Israel, CJPIP (Committee for a Justice Peace in Palestine/Israel)Oak Park and River Forest MENA Student Club, and UIC Arab American Cultural Center.

Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan display in Main Library Idea Box featuring dresses, books, and more

Ramadan Around the World!
Through Thursday, April 11, Main Library Idea Box

Throughout the month of Ramadan, view a beautiful collection of what brings together Muslims from different parts of the world, presented in collaboration with Oak Parker Dima Ali, on display in the windows of the Main Library Idea Box. Learn more »

Ramadan Read Aloud & Craft
Sunday, April 7, 2-3 pm, Main Library Lobby Community Space

Join us as we celebrate Ramadan with picture books and a craft! Ramadan is a month-long observance when Muslims all over the world spend a month fasting and coming together as a community. The purpose of the month is to focus on doing good deeds such as giving charity, fasting, and praying. During this time, Muslims focus on gratitude, sharing, empathy, compassion, generosity, and selflessness. Register now »

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For kids

Language learning

  • Mango Languages: Reach conversational proficiency in Arabic. Language options include Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Iraqi), Arabic (Levantine), and Arabic (Modern Standard).

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