New ceramics display at Dole Branch

Glazed ceramic art figures of two people, a dog, and a cat, and a platter

The next time you’re at Dole Branch Library, come see a wonderful collection of ceramic pieces adorning the library shelves and walls. These pieces were created by participants in the Park District of Oak Park’s Active Adults ceramics class. We’ve included some photos here, but they’re really more impressive up close and in person! The … Read more

Library recognized for ‘outstanding efforts on behalf of LGBTQ+ people’

Library group at the awards ceremony

In October, OPALGA+ (Oak Park Area Gay and Lesbian Association) recognized our library for “outstanding efforts on behalf of LGBTQ+ people in Oak Park and the surrounding area.” The library’s Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon accepted the OPALGA+ Mel Wilson Founders Award at the OPALGA+ Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala on October 22. Library staff, including … Read more

Celebrate Día de Muertos at library & in community

Front row, left to right: Jessy Martinez, Latine Language & Culture Librarian Nora Sanchez, Alma Martinez, Laura Pulido, and Maya Puentes. Back row: Omeyocan Dance Company

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is typically celebrated on November 1 and 2. The celebration, which originated in Mexico, is rooted in indigenous practices that existed long before Spanish settlers arrived.  Together with community members, our Latine Language & Culture Librarian Nora Sanchez has been working to bring the celebration to the library … Read more

Library magazine out with a new issue

Cover of Fall/Winter 2023 Storyline with text "New issue!"

Our library magazine, The Storyline, is back with a Fall/Winter 2023 issue. Pick up some copies on your next library visit to share with neighbors, coworkers, and friends! What’s inside Preview the issue online (pdf) » We love to see how you use your public library If you have an idea or story to share with … Read more

September is #LibraryCardSignUpMonth

It's time to get your library card with icon of library card

Know an Oak Park neighbor, co-worker or educator—even a newborn—without a library card? Send them our way! Every Oak Park resident and Oak Park-based educator, daycare provider, and business owner can get complete access to public library services and resources. A card gives you full access to library services

Disability Pride: ‘I really want to go big’

People pose during Disability Pride Month programs. At right, a girl holds a sign reading "Disability is not a bad word!"

When Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris was gearing up for Disability Pride Month celebrations at the library earlier this year, she kept thinking to herself: “I really want to go big. I want to go so big.” Harris spoke recently with WBEZ Chicago’s Reset about the library’s third year celebrating Disability Pride Month, which marks the … Read more

Juneteenth 2023: Commemorate & celebrate

Juneteenth banners and photos in the Main Library Idea Box; artist Tia Etu in her studio with Juneteenth-inspired artwork "The Call"

Above left: June 2022 Main Library Idea Box exhibit. Above right: Local artist Tia Etu with her Juneteenth-inspired artwork. Read more about The Call. On Monday, June 19, all library locations will be closed for Juneteenth. This national, state, and Oak Park holiday celebrates African Americans’ freedom from enslavement in the United States. Juneteenth titles … Read more

New art on display at the library in March

Oak Park Elementary School District 97 student artwork hanging on Main Library Lobby Community Space wall

March is Youth Art Month All March in the Main Library Lobby Community Space: We’re delighted to welcome back a Youth Art Month display (pictured above and below). Student artists in grades K-5, from all eight Oak Park Elementary School District 97 schools, contributed their art to this display. Come in for a close viewing … Read more

Black history in the making in the Idea Box

Children point to items on display in February's Idea Box exhibit, "The Work": Black History Museum

By Kristen Romanowski, Staff Writer & Editor Juanta Griffin was in third grade at Longfellow Elementary School when her teacher, Mrs. Simmons, turned her onto Eyes on the Prize. Griffin says it was this PBS series, which chronicled the civil rights movement from the perspective of ordinary people, that first opened her eyes and drove … Read more