New ceramics display at Dole Branch

Glazed ceramic art figures of three 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

Adult summer reading returns June 1

Graphics of a movie projector, book, conversation bubbles, and headphones and a beachy background

By Ian Gosse, Older Adult Services Librarian The leaves are out and the flowers are blooming, and as spring draws to an end, we’re preparing for the summer and this year’s summer reading program at the library. Whether you are a casual book reader or an audiobook listener like me, the summer is a great … Read more

Honoring Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander heritage

Collage of books

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: The month of May is officially proclaimed by the White House as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month but … Read more

Tech Tips: How to close, minimize & maximize windows on a computer

Windows browser screen

By Digital Learning Specialist Amelia Ever wondered what the buttons do at the top of your browser bar? Let’s find out! Whether you’re on a PC or a Mac, you’ll encounter a similar set of buttons or icons. These buttons or icons are called “window controls” or “window buttons” and can help you navigate between … Read more

Autism acceptance & pride: Videos & activities for early learners

Autism Acceptance & Pride with a rainbow infinity symbol

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Happy Autism Acceptance Month! To understand why we’re celebrating… Let’s start at the beginning: What is autism & why acceptance? There are two brain types: Neurodiversity encompasses both brain types. Autism is a complex neurodivergent, developmental disability that affects how people experience the world around them. It’s easy to misunderstand autism because … Read more

National Poetry Month

Collage of book covers

April is National Poetry Month, and there’s so much to explore at your library! Poetry books for all ages Whether you love poetry or are looking to try something new, we hope you’ll find a new favorite poem (or two!) in these lists of new titles for all ages, curated by your Oak Park librarians. … Read more

Tech Tips: How to listen to audiobooks in Libby

Screenshot of audiobook player on Libby app

By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology In an earlier Tech Tips post, I shared tips and tricks on how to read ebooks and digital magazines on Libby with your smartphone or tablet. But did you know you also can listen to thousands of digital audiobooks on the Libby app too? Let’s get started! First, let’s discuss … Read more

An Important Message from the Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees

Statement from the board of Library Trustees

This is an updated version of the statement that was read at the conclusion of the March 16 Special Board Meeting. Watch the meeting here. At a special meeting today, with regret, the Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees voted to terminate the employment of Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon, who joined the Library in … Read more

2023: A year in review

Cover images of 2023 impact reports

Our library strives to be a library for everyone, one that prioritizes: To report on the impact of work in these areas, the library shares monthly public updates at its Board of Library Trustees meetings, and creates annual, year in review impact reports. These reports showcase library work that shared the information, services, and opportunities … Read more

Let’s explore the Library of Things

A collage of items: telescope, small folding table, microphone, canopy tent, drill, universal charger, bocce ball set, and projector

Have you checked out the new Library of Things collection?  The Library of Things is a new collection of physical objects All you need is an Oak Park library card to check out items from this collection. Items are broken up into four categories Here are some of my favorite things Bocce ball set: A … Read more