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Teens: Challenge yourself & have fun this summer

Summer is here, and Teen Services wants to make sure you have a great one. Sign up for library emails to keep up with what's ...
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Miss Shelley giving two thumbs up in the Maze Sensory Garden

Learning through gardening: Videos & activities for early learners

by Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Have you ever explored the little side yard of the Maze Branch Library (pictured above)? It’s not exactly quiet, because ...
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Hiring the library’s next executive director

At its regular virtual meeting held May 24, the Board of Library Trustees President Matt Fruth said 40 applications were submitted from across the country ...
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Main Library Third Floor book stacks

Resources to reflect on, to share & to take action

As your public library, we are here for you and have compiled a list of library, local, and regional resources focusing on: Mental health and ...
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Not your typical beach read

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton We hear a beach read is supposed to be a light, often feel-good, easy read. But some of us ...
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Mixed-media artwork "The Call" by artist Tia Etu

‘Freedom is still possible’: Artist Tia Etu on her new work for library collection

Oak Park artist Tia Etu will unveil her latest contribution to art in the library this June, when she presents her mixed-media painting The Call ...
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Celebrating Pride Month: Books, learning experiences & more

Your public library is here to connect you with books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community all year long ...
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The Storyline returns: Summer issue out in June

After a pandemic hiatus, our library magazine is back! The summer 2022 issue of The Storyline is online now. Limited print copies will be available ...
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