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Why do we exist? To empower every voice in our community. What do we do? We share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations. Read news announcements and stories of library impact below.

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Please tell us what you think: Creative Studio Survey

A new makerspace on the Main Library’s third floor is quickly taking shape. And we need your input to make it all it can be ...
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Welcome to your library

September was #LibraryCardSignUpMonth. Let's give a warm Oak Park welcome to these new library cardholders! September sign-up success On average, roughly 200 people a month ...
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Celebrating National Coming Out Day

First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates "coming out"—living life openly as a member of the LGBTQ community—and raises awareness of the community ...
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Indigenous Peoples Day October 10

Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day

By Kathy Sexton, Collection Management Librarian In 2017, the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a proclamation declaring the second Monday in October ...
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Tech Tips: Basic digital security: How to create a strong password

By Amy Hofmockel, Digital Learning Librarian It's so important to create strong passwords—and frequently update them—even though most websites have security measures in place to ...
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Barbara Ballinger Lecture 2022: ‘The Billboard’ readalikes

By Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Collection Management Librarian Each fall we gather to celebrate and recognize former head librarian Barbara Ballinger and her many years of dedicated ...
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Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 3)

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As the school year starts and school projects are assigned, know that the library is here to help! In addition ...
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The 1619 Project: Family & Community Circles

Discuss the 1619 Project in new series this fall

Join your neighbors, families, students, and friends this fall for a circle discussion series inspired by the 1619 Project. What is the 1619 Project? It's ...
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