Honoring women’s history

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Empower Her Mentorship
Wednesdays, March 6, 13 & 20, 4-5 pm, Main Library

A mentoring program that develops life and leadership skills, provides professional development opportunities, and creates a sense of community among female-identifying high school students (grades 9-12). See all upcoming events »

Art Exhibit & Reception: channeling by Constance Volk
Exhibit: Tuesday, March 12-Saturday, April 13, Main Library
Reception: Wednesday, March 13, 6-8 pm, Main Library
Drawing & storytelling art workshop: Saturday, March 16, 11 am-1 pm, Main Library

See the work of Constance Volk, a musician, a painter, and an illustrator. Ages 8+. Learn more »

Author Talk: The Pain We Carry with Natalie Y. Gutierrez
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-7:45 pm, virtual

A conversation with Natalie Y. Gutiérrez, LMFT, on her book, The Pain We Carry: Healing From Complex PTSD for People of Color, which explores the unique challenges that people of color face in healing from trauma and offers a roadmap for healing and recovery. Register now »

AI (Artificial Intelligence) & the Everyday User
Wednesday, March 20, 6-7:30 pm, Main Library

AI is a part of our everyday life. Join us for a conversation with featured guest Dr. Mechie Nkengla and Creative Technology Librarian Amy Hofmockel as they discuss the uses, impacts, and ethics of AI. Register now »

Illinois Libraries Present: Ruth E. Carter: Interweaving Tradition & Imagination Through Costume Design
Wednesday, March 20, 7-8 pm, virtually through Illinois Libraries Present*

Join us for a special event with Ruth E. Carter, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer. Carter made history as the first Black person to win an Academy Award in Best Costume Design for the film, Black Panther. She received a second Academy Award in the same category for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Ruth E. Carter will be joined in conversation with Aisha Harris, co-host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and author of Wannabe. Register now »

*This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among 200+ public libraries—including Oak Park Public Library—offering premier events for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Folk Music Series Performance: Kitty Donohoe
Thursday, March 21, 7-8 pm, Main Library

Join us for a lively performance from Kitty Donohoe, an Ann Arbor-based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient. Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist. Register now »

Explore librarian-curated online resources

Use your Oak Park library card and PIN to access:

  • Biography Reference Bank: Discover a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies, including a category for biographies on influential women.
  • Gale in Context: Biography: Explore authoritative biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study, including a collection of biographies on notable women.
  • PebbleGo (preschool-grades 3) and PebbleGo Next (grades 3-5): Read the biographies of notable female artists, civil rights leaders, entertainers, politicians, scientists, and more.