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

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By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes February has historically been one of my least favorite months. It’s cold, dark, and often wet, but I’ve been trying to find new ways to occupy my time and help me get through the winter. One way I’ve been doing this is through the new Library of … Read more

Ways to watch Oscar-nominated films

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The countdown to the big night has begun! The 96th Academy Awards airs on Sunday, March 10, and your library has a few ways to watch some of the most-talked-about films of the year. Join us: Register for our 14th Annual Oscarthon (now two days!) No need to wait on the red carpet—come to our … Read more

Be kind to yourself: Videos & resources for grownups & early learners

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By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian We often come back to the topic of emotions and social-emotional learning with our kids. Sometimes it may feel like we’re repeating ourselves! But we keep returning to the topic because it’s an important one. Kids (and adults!) learn best when they feel that they are safe and secure in … Read more

BingePass gives you 7 days of unlimited streaming

New! Hoopla BingePass with an icon featuring two tickets on a starbust background

With hoopla‘s new BingePass and your Oak Park library card, you can get unlimited streaming for seven days with a single borrow! Let’s get started… How do I use hoopla’s BingePass? Watch the video below for an overview but please note that this video shows how to access BingePass using an iPhone. For instructions on … Read more

Tech Tips: How to declutter your devices in 4 steps

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By Creative Technology Librarian Amy Hofmockel Do you have a desktop covered in icons you don’t use? Are you interested in decluttering your digital workspace? Let’s go over some basics of file management so you can find the files you want when you want them. First, what is file management? Just like you might have papers … Read more

Celebrity book club round-up, January 2024

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná Since Oprah’s first book club pick in 1996, we have been reading as the celebrities do, falling in love with, or hating, characters with our fellow book club readers. Book clubs offer an opportunity to be in community with others, even if we’re not together in person.  Other celebrities who love … Read more

Online safety (Part 2): Fun & interactive lessons for kids & caregivers

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam Whether playing video games, chatting with friends, watching videos, or browsing a favorite website, it’s important to keep online safety in mind. Although most of us are aware of important online safety tips, we all need helpful reminders, and kids need continual guidance to stay safe on the internet. Previously, … Read more