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

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

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

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

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 ...
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Engaging & hands-on tech learning is here

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 ...
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Tabletop roleplaying games: Activities for grade schoolers

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 ...
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4 ways to keep summer reading fun going all year long

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 ...
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Summer fun on the go! Activities for grade schoolers

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 ...
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