1619 series was a ‘journey of love, history, learning’

A large group of people sitting in chairs in a large circle in the library's Veterans Room

For the third year in a row, the library was proud to collaborate with local partners to host a Family and Community Discussion Series focused on intergenerational, anti-racist discussion circles inspired by books and other media. “I always look forward to these circles!” said one participant, who told us they’ve participated in this series for … Read more

Free toiletries for youth at Main Library, thanks to partnership

Cabinet in restroom stocked with hygiene supplies and toiletries

The library is partnering with the Oak Park Township to offer free personal hygiene supplies for youth at the library. Kids and their families can help themselves to soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, deodorant, lotion, and menstrual products. The supplies are located inside a small latched cabinet in the wheelchair-accessible bathroom in … Read more

Meet Nora, Latinx Language & Culture Librarian

Headshot of Nora Sanchez with text Nora Sanchez, Latinx Language & Culture Librarian

“As an organization, we are continuously learning and evolving to meet the needs expressed to us by our community,” says Manager of Community Engagement Sarah Yale. “Increasingly, we are hearing from the community that more intentional outreach and engagement of the Latinx and Spanish-speaking community is needed.” To that end, the library has named Nora Sanchez as … Read more

Growing readers in the Irving Bookworm Garden

Kids planting in garden beds

A book-themed garden at a local elementary school? We can dig it! Since spring 2019, the Bookworm Garden at Irving Elementary School has been growing pollinator-friendly flowers, fruits, and veggies. And with a different children’s book featured in each raised bed, this garden also nurtures a lifelong love of reading in the students who work … Read more

New spot to find peace & positivity at Maze Branch

If you’ve visited Maze Branch lately, you may have noticed a new spot to sit down and take a rest, on a green bench just outside the building entrance. The inviting new PoSITivity Bench came to Maze Branch this spring, thanks to a local chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Made up of professional women of … Read more

Teens: Challenge yourself & have fun this summer

Summer is here, and Teen Services wants to make sure you have a great one. Sign up for library emails to keep up with what’s going on all summer! Do stuff, earn prizes Sign up for our Teen Summer Activities Challenge on Beanstack, for ages 14-18. The challenge runs June 6 through July 22. Here’s … Read more

The Storyline returns: Summer issue out in June

The Storyline magazine cover, with people looking at books outside

After a pandemic hiatus, our library magazine is back! The summer 2022 issue of The Storyline is online now. Limited print copies will be available while they last at all library locations starting in June. The summer issue highlights what’s happening for kids, adults, and teens at the library and in the community, such as … Read more

Juneteenth 2022: Celebrate in community

Juneteenth 2021 at Taylor Park. Photo by Buzz McBride.

On Sunday, 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. Look for Oak Park’s Book Bike and library staff marching in the Oak Park Juneteenth parade, organized by community members and co-sponsored by the Village of … Read more

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