Donate new socks at the Main Library in Socktober

Socktober! Donate new socks here!

Help us warm souls AND soles by donating new socks all October to benefit the clients of Housing Forward. And during the last week of October, we’ll be collecting donations of warm kids’ clothing and gear for Cradles to Crayons. October 1-31: New socks for Housing Forward clients Did you know that socks are consistently among the most … Read more

Year of the Butterfly: ‘United by biking, nature & gardening’

‘Family-friendly and community-building’ On Saturday, August 21, we partnered with Bike Walk Oak Park for a bicycle tour of native gardens throughout Oak Park. The collaborative event was part of the Year of the Butterfly, a community initiative to bring awareness about how to support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators.  “I loved … Read more

‘Something has to be done about the climate crisis’

Two local students who care deeply about the environment and the climate crisis are spreading the word at the Main Library. Benjamin, age 12, created a poster all about monarchs, including why their population is in decline and how people can help. See it on the eastern windows in the Children’s Services Area on the … Read more

Got a book club? Want to start one? Check out a kit

Whether you’ve got a long-standing book club or want to start a new one—make it easy for everyone and check out a ready-to-read Book Club Kit! What’s in each Book Club Kit bag 10 copies of the same popular title Discussion questions curated by Oak Park librarians Lists of similar titles to give you ideas … Read more

Why anti-racism is key to sustainability

Kids and adults do butterfly craft projects

By Middle School Librarian Beronica Puhr Note: A version of this post first appeared in Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com on August 3, 2021. Read the piece on OakPark.com » 2021 is the Year of the Butterfly in Oak Park Butterflies symbolize hope and renewal, and their existence is vital to the health of our planet. We all … Read more

Librarian Shelley Harris recognized for dedication to young people

Shelley Harris holds an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) board in the Maze Branch Community Sensory Garden

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Youth Services Forum has awarded Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris with the 2021 Golden Ticket Award for her “outstanding local contribution” to young people through programs that “promote a love of literature and instill positive feelings about libraries.” Shelley’s “creativity, incredible work ethic, and commitment to serving young patrons and their … Read more

Teens’ ice cream social brings ‘a ray of sunshine’

Our first Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board Ice Cream Social event in June was a huge success! Community members young and old came to meet the board members, get ice cream treats, take pictures, and play chess with our Teen Services Librarian, Alex Gutierrez. “This event truly brought a ray of sunshine to the Oak … Read more

Juneteenth 2021: Celebrate in community

Juneteenth Idea Box exhibit at Main Library

Juneteenth is the June 19 holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Long celebrated by the African American community, it is now an Illinois state holiday, an official Village of Oak Park holiday, as well as an official library holiday. And now, for the first year ever, it’s become a U.S. federal … Read more

Meet Matthew, Leading Edge logo designer

Last summer, we held a logo design contest to help spread the word about the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB), one of the library’s Teen Services initiatives. A volunteer group for students ages 13-17, LETAB’s mission is to offer guidance and a teen-centered perspective to the Oak Park community and the Teen Services team. … Read more

Building community: Beehives at the Main Library

Bees on hand

As part of our ongoing focus to sustain the natural environment and to offer new opportunities to learn, we installed two beehives in the spring of 2019, buzzing with up to 20,000 Italian honeybees, on the Main Library’s Green Roof. With our two rooftop hives, the library joined a small community of beekeepers in Oak … Read more

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