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olmes Elementary teacher Drew Finkbeiner and Oak Park Public Library's Rob Simmons shaking hands.

A new experience model

Rethinking how we engage with all patrons In his first week as Social Services and Safety Director, Robert Simmons found the demand for his social ...
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/ Impact, Social Services
How we spent our Hemingway summer

How we spent our Hemingway summer

It would have been Ernest Hemingway's 117th birthday this July. The anniversary did not go unmarked here in Hemingway's hometown. To skim the surface: In ...
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/ Special Collections
Hacking Hemingway comic

A burst of creativity

See all student work here and by searching Twitter with #HackingHemingway Tweens and teens are digital learners, creators Inspired by old Hemingway family photos digitized earlier this year through a state ...
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/ Kids, Special Collections, Teens
Hacking Hemingway Twitter

What’s happening with Hacking Hemingway

Humanizing history in 140 characters Since February’s release of the first 84 digitized artifacts from the library’s Special Collections and The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of ...
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/ Special Collections
Mom and baby reading

Five ways we support lifelong learning from birth

When it comes to learning, there is no such thing as starting too early. Research tells us how important it is to introduce literacy concepts ...
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Carolyn Newberry Schwartz

Baby can’t wait

By Carolyn Newberry Schwartz Executive Director, Collaboration for Early Childhood "Baby can’t wait” is a phrase you hear often at the Collaboration for Early Childhood. A compelling body ...
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Leigh Tarullo

Dedicating more to Oak Park’s history

As it widens access to early Ernest Hemingway artifacts, the library is now devoting even more resources to its Special Collections. For the first time ...
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/ Special Collections
Ernest and Marcelline baby portrait

Hemingway artifacts now online

'Stunning images, handwritten commentary' Unprecedented, online access is now available to rare Ernest Hemingway family artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s through the ...
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/ Special Collections

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