The universe above our heads: At-home activities & books for grade schoolers

Telescope looking at the night sky

By Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove The physical sciences study the non-living systems of our world, and astronomy expands that investigation into the universe! Galaxies, stars, planets—we want to know about their physics, their movement, their atmospheres. Just like Galileo Galilei, who turned his telescope towards the stars and recorded what he saw, you too can … Read more

Thanks for a colorful summer of learning & joy!

Thanks to all who participated in a joyful summer of creative learning with your public library! This summer’s reading program, Reading Colors Your World, was about so much more than reading, says Elementary School Services Librarian Genevieve Grove. “It was about experiential learning, getting kids physically moving and out exploring in nature, and having fun … Read more

Butterflies! At-home activities & more for grade schoolers (part 2)

Butterfly painting on window

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Here in Oak Park, the Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we are learning so much about monarch butterflies and their need for milkweed plants to thrive. Did you know that the extinction of monarch butterflies ties into climate change? … Read more

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Find videos, books & more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Watch Multicultural virtual learning videos. Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with … Read more

Celebrating Mother’s Day: Titles for peace

Flowers in the shape of a peace sign

Celebrated the second Sunday each May (this year on May 9), Mother’s Day was first proposed by abolitionist and poet Julia Ward Howe. In her 1872 “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” Howe suggested that people observe Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace and supported the importance of coming together during challenging times. In honor of these … Read more

Butterflies! At-home activities for grade schoolers (part 1)

Monarch butterfly on milkweed

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr The Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we’re doing our part to ensure everyone knows all they can to protect the monarch butterfly! Want to help? Find facts, fun activities and resources, books to check out, and programs to attend … Read more

We suggest: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

We’ll admit, we’re still feeling the poetry buzz from Amanda Gorman’s awe-inspiring reading at this year’s inauguration! And in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re extra excited to share these poetry titles we hope you’ll love just as much. Check out what our librarians are loving this month, including a commemorative book featuring Gorman’s inauguration … Read more

April is Arab American Heritage Month: See artifacts on display at the Main Library & find books, videos & more

Arab American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Find information about an upcoming display in the Main … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Virtual, at-home art activities

How to draw a cardinal

By Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove While we live very close to one of the most well-known art museums in the world, you don’t need to leave Oak Park, or even your desk, to experience art! Here are a couple of fun resources to explore and use to make your own art, too. Try these activities … Read more

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