Honoring women’s history

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VIRTUAL: Illinois Libraries Present: The Weird & Wonderful World With Mary Roach
Wednesday, March 1, 7 pm, virtually through Illinois Libraries Present

Experience an entertaining and hilarious evening with New York Times best-selling science author, Mary Roach—despite her claim that “people call me a science writer, though I don't have a science degree and sometimes have to fake my way through interviews with experts I can't understand”! Roach will discuss her frank approach to science, the importance of humor, and explore the weird, wonderful world in which we live. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries—including Oak Park Public Library—offering premier events.

American Girl Tea Party (for grades K-5)
Wednesday, March 8, 4 pm, Main Library

Celebrate International Women's Day by exploring history through American Girl Dolls! We'll play, make crafts, and drink tea with snacks. Dolls are also welcome to attend. Dressing up in historical costumes is encouraged.

Latinx Author Book Cafe: For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges & Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color
Tuesday, March 14, 6 pm, Main Library

Join us the second Tuesday of each month, as we discuss works written by Latinx authors. In March, we’ll discuss For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez, the founder of Latina Rebels. In her debut book, she offers wisdom and a liberating path forward for all women of color, crafting powerful ways to address the challenges Brown girls face, from imposter syndrome to colorism. She empowers women to decolonize their worldview, and defy "universal" white narratives, by telling their own stories.

Women in Astronomy With Astro Educator Michelle Nichols
Monday, March 27, 6:30 pm, virtual

Women have played a part in astronomical discoveries for centuries—but many of their stories are overlooked or untold. We will explore advancements made by several ladies of science, as well as the hardships they had to overcome to be able to explore the universe. Presented by Michelle Nichols, the Director of Public Observing at the Adler Planetarium.

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.