Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Books, an event, learning experiences & more

Oak Park Public Library acknowledges that Oak Park is situated on the ancestral land of the Bodewamiadkiwen (Potawatomi), Myaamia (Miami), Oceti Sakowin, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), and Peoria. We honor them and thank them for their stewardship of this land. Source: native-land.ca

Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Native American heritage all year.

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Attend an event

Native American Women in Illinois History: An Interactive Event
Sunday, November 19, 1-2 pm, Oak Park Public Library, Main Library

Join us to listen to Ojibwa author and speaker Kim Sigafus share a history of Native women in Illinois, including Singing Bird (Blackhawk’s wife). Kim will share Native artifacts and music to help bring the audience into these women's daily lives. She will also talk about their role in their husbands' lives, and how those lives affected the history of Illinois. The audience will be able to pick up and view the artifacts, learn Native language and music, and get the chance to play the drum. Q&A will follow.

Visit the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Use your Oak Park Public Library card to request a Museum Adventure Pass to the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston. A pass admits two people for free for regular museum admission.

Discover online resources

Use your Oak Park library card and PIN to access:

  • American Indian History (for adults and teens): Get fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture and history, covering more than 600 Native American groups.
  • PebbleGo Next (for grades 3-5): Explore American Indian history with informational articles featuring engaging multimedia, interactive lessons and games, and literacy supports for students of all abilities.