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

‘Turning the tide on climate change’: One Earth Film Festival

One Earth Film Festival

The 11th annual One Earth Film Festival, the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, is now underway. It runs March 4-13 and offers both in-person and virtual watch parties. The theme this year is “turning the tide on climate change and environmental racism.” ‘We need to push back right now’ As the film festival organizers write, … Read more

Art refresh: New pieces, monthly exhibits return

Two people look at two paintings

Did you know your library has a permanent art collection? You can see works of art at all three locations, including two recently donated paintings now on display at the Main Library. And this spring, monthly exhibits by local artists are returning to the Main Library Art Gallery and Maze Branch, after a two-year hiatus … Read more

Meet Rose, your Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, baking, … Read more

A conversation with thought leaders in the national reparations movement

"From Here to Equality" book cover, authors William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

By Christian Harris Note: A version of this post first appeared in Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com on December 7, 2021. Read the piece on OakPark.com » As a young Black man growing up in Oak Park, I was never taught that Black people lived here before the 1950s, when world-renowned chemist Percy Julian moved in. I would … Read more

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