‘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

We suggest: 2021 fall reads for teens

Fall reads book covers

by Alexander Gutierrez, Teen Services Librarian With summer coming to an end and classes back in session, it’s a great time to fall into a fresh new read!  These titles aren’t pumpkin spice-flavored or apple cider-infused, but they are a pretty sweet pick-me-up for the upcoming chilly weather that will hopefully chase away this tedious … Read more

Exploring tarot: A new monthly meet-up & virtual tutorial

Tarot cards

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott Tarot is a journey. The cards of the major arcana in the Rider-Waite deck—the most commonly seen deck in the English-speaking world, but there are others!—depict the story of the youthful fool setting off on an adventure where they will encounter new people, face great challenges, and discover more about … Read more

We suggest: ‘Candyman’ readalikes

Book covers splattered with blood

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Can—nope. Not gonna catch us slipping! Nia DaCosta’s sequel to the 90s horror film—and fourth movie—in the Candyman series follows the return of the ghost of an enslaved man with a hook for a hand. It releases on August 27, and if you’re not ready … Read more

Year of the Butterfly: Your photos, drawings & more

Monarch caterpillar with leaves, and two boys with butterfly cage

Kids and families have been drawing, observing, crafting, and reading about plants and pollinators in this year’s summer reading program, with special activities that tie into the Year of the Butterfly. Some have even been growing native plants and raising butterflies, and sharing their moments with us. Summer reading runs through August 31, and you … Read more

Virtual health & wellness programs with your library

Woman meditating outside

Everyone can use some health and wellness support in these times, and your library is committed to providing free access to all. Register via the library’s calendar for ongoing programs like Midday Meditation, Grief Journaling, and more, which are regularly held on Zoom. Find program details below, as well as more health and wellness resources … 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

A new & improved catalog experience

SWAN beta test catalog

As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the library’s catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives Oak Parkers—and all SWAN library users—more access, more choices, and more value when using their public library. And now, you’ll find it even easier to … Read more

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