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Maze Branch to open April 19 with limited hours, services

As restrictions lessen and more vaccine appointments become available, we expect to open the Maze Branch Library with limited hours and services on Monday, April ...
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Transgender Day of Visibility: Books for early learners & grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). Founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the ...
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COVID-19

Coronavirus information

IDPH testing sites » Vaccine information » Our response plan » Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park »Cook County ...
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Tech Tips: How to find the menu in an app

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel Sign up for biweekly Tech Tips emails » When using apps and programs it can sometimes be hard to ...
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Updated: Local business and COVID-19

"The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there's so much information out there," says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some ...
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‘The whole world comes together to learn, and it fills me with joy’: Takeaways from the 2021 assistive tech conference

By Shelley Harris, Early Literacy Librarian Learning is a key and consistent part of my job. The highlight of my learning year is the Assistive ...
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We suggest/Recomendamos: Spanish Conversation Hour/Conversación en español

Browse our Latinx media suggestions from Oak Park Public Library's Spanish Conversation Hour facilitators: Nora, Jeanine, and Beronica! Mira nuestras sugerencias de medios Latinx, de ...
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Spring sensory play: Videos & activities for early learners

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Play is how kids learn. We say this so often because it’s one of the most important things for adults ...
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