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Chess Club Champs With Luis Tubens

Chess Champs: Challenging young minds

Poet Luis Tubens has been working with young people at the Main Library since January 2017. That’s when he became the library’s first artist in ...
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The Color of Art still

More Than a Month widens the lens in 2019

Image courtesy of The Color of Art It started as a way to celebrate the black experience all year long, and not just during Black ...

A look back: One Book in 2018

A People’s History of Chicago was at the center of our One Book, One Oak Park series in 2018. In 77 poems, author Kevin Coval ...
Living History Project

Living History: Led by youth, for youth

"Some people have a tendency of underestimating young people," said Middle School Librarian Jose Cruz. "When sometimes it's that we're not providing them with something ...
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Digital learning at your library in 2019

Learn about new apps, websites, programs, and more; plus, get answers to your tech questions and explore your creative side during upcoming open maker labs ...
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Conservation Center crafts a new frame for the library's Scoville Window

Conserving a piece of the past

Special Collections curates, houses, and conserves Oak Park’s historical treasures, and makes them publicly available both in person and digitally. In 2018 we worked with ...
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten graduation certificates

Celebrating early readers: Thousands of books and counting

Bronson, a graduate of the library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program It's been one year since we launched our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, and ...
Panelists Darrius Lightfoot, Quintin Williams, and Tim Crawford at the Restorative Justice Conference at the Main Library in October

What grows with restorative justice?

The first time Chicago police officer Tim Crawford observed a peace circle, he was skeptical. But after a while, "I started to see—hold on—this works," ...