STEAM Fest 2023 & more: Experience the wide world of STEAM at the library

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By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian We are so excited to partner with Oak Park Elementary School District 97 and the Oak Park Education Foundation to bring you STEAM Fest 2023! On Thursday, March 2, families with students in grades K-8 are invited to come to the Oak Park Public Library to experience the wide world … Read more

Just for kids: A list of fun & educational websites, curated by librarians

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By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian Looking for engaging and educational sites for kids? You’ve come to the right place!  Many websites designed for kids claim to be informative and entertaining, but it can be challenging to find fun, user-friendly sites for kids that are not loaded with advertisements. What should you look for when exploring … Read more

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue! (Part 3)

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By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian  As the school year starts and school projects are assigned, know that the library is here to help! In addition to books, your Oak Park library card gives you access to a number of subscription-based resources that you can use to help you with your research. In my previous posts … Read more

LGBTQ+ people & history: Books, a new trivia game & resources to share with grade schoolers

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By Hal Patnott, Children’s Librarian Did you know? Illinois is one of only six states with an inclusive curriculum bill that ensures students in public schools learn about LGBTQ+ and their contributions as part of their history curriculum. In their most recent published survey results (pdf), GLSEN found that inclusive curriculums have a positive impact … Read more

Engaging & hands-on tech learning is here

Two middle schoolers disassembling a computer

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Services Librarian Thanks to grant funding from TechGirlz—a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures that provides free, fun, interactive workshops—the library now offers new ways to support engaging, hands-on learning for middle school girls. Recent additions in the library’s new Creative Studio include 3D printers, toolkits to dismantle and assemble computers, … Read more

Tabletop roleplaying games: Activities for grade schoolers

Jenny, Hal, and Shelley smiling in a virtual meeting

By Hal Patnott, Children’s Librarian Have you ever wished you could explore the worlds of your favorite characters? Do you dream of running off on a grand adventure with your friends by your side? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you might want to try tabletop roleplaying at your next game … Read more

4 ways to keep summer reading fun going all year long

Summer Reading June 1-August 31: Oceans of Possibilities with two children reading and listening with headphones while riding a fish

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian Summer reading is almost over—be sure to log your reading and activities in Beanstack by August 31—but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Here are four ways you can keep enjoying reading all year long! 1. Sign up for a library card! With your own library card, you … Read more

Summer fun on the go! Activities for grade schoolers

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By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian There are so many fun things to do during the summer, and at the library, we have some great resources to take with you that will make it even more fun! And don’t forget to log your reading and activities for summer reading » Going on a road trip? Check … Read more

Trans Youth Town Hall: A virtual tutorial for grade & middle schoolers

Trans flag with trans symbol

By Hal Patnott, Children’s Librarian Pride is more than a month of rainbows and parades. Our celebration of Pride month comes from a history of protest for liberation for LGBTQ+ people. Learn about LGBTQ+ activists Discover biographies about activists like Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera on Gale in Context: Biography. Check out … Read more

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