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

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+ ...
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Kids summer reading: What to read, listen to, watch & do!

By Children's Librarian Eileen Saam Summer is here, and so is this year’s summer reading program: Oceans of Possibilities! Subtitles available in English and en español. Para cambiar el idioma ...
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Resources for autistic people & their caregivers

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris So you, your child, or your student has been diagnosed with autism? Congratulations! As overwhelming as it can be to hear a diagnosis, you are ...
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Celebrate Earth Day: Activities for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Eileen Saam Every year on Earth Day, April 22, we celebrate our precious planet. Check out ways you can celebrate and protect our planet at the same ...
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Explore self-expression through play: Pronoun Discovery Kits for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Interested in facilitating conversations about self-expression and gender identity? Check out these two Discovery Kits about pronouns designed to help kids explore self-expression through play ...
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Learn to cross-stitch: A virtual tutorial, in-person event, books & more for grade 4-8

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott If you’re looking for a relaxing craft that’s easy to learn, try cross-stitching! Once you know the basics, following a pattern is a lot like ...
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STEAM Discovery Kits: At-home learning & exploration for grade schoolers

By Children's Librarian Eileen Saam At the Oak Park Public Library, we are always looking for ways to foster learning experiences for the children who we serve. We have done ...
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Meet Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the man who built a library: At-home activities for grade schoolers

In honor of Black History Month, let's learn more about Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a Puerto Rican historian, writer, curator, and activist! Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1874, Schomburg was ...
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