Tech Tips: How to read ebooks & magazines in Libby

By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Did you know that as an Oak Park Public Library cardholder you can access tens of thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks, and thousands of digital magazines on your smartphone or tablet? In upcoming Tech Tips posts, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks on how to do just that! Meet Libby … Read more

Susanne Fairfax appointed to Board of Library Trustees


In a unanimous vote, the Board of Library Trustees appointed Oak Park resident Susanne Fairfax to fill its current vacant seat. Fairfax is invited to the board’s July 24 strategic planning session. She will be formally installed as a trustee for the special two-year position at its July 27 regular meeting. ‘Ability to re-envision and … Read more

We suggest: LGBTQ+ romance novels

LGTBQ+ romance novel covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph It’s Pride Month! And love is in the air in these Pride romance novels! LGBTQ+ romance novels How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole Why you should try it: What do a long-lost princess, a not-so-by-the-book investigator, and a cargo ship have in common? This book. Description: When … Read more

July 12: A new & improved catalog experience

SWAN beta test catalog

Want all the details? Watch the short video (just click on the image above). As an Oak Park library cardholder, you have access to more than 10 million items from 100+ area libraries through the SWAN catalog. It’s this collaborative “resource sharing” that gives more people more access, more choices, and more value when using … Read more

Juneteenth 2021: Celebrate in community

Juneteenth Idea Box exhibit at Main Library

Juneteenth is the June 19 holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Long celebrated by the African American community, it is now an Illinois state holiday, an official Village of Oak Park holiday, as well as an official library holiday. And now, for the first year ever, it’s become a U.S. federal … Read more

A presidential portrait artist’s earlier work is on permanent display at your library

Easter Realness #2

The Obama Portraits are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago June 18-August 25 For Illinois Residents, museum admission will be free June 18–25, the first week that The Obama Portraits will be on view. To reserve free admission tickets, Illinois residents must reserve a ticket online in advance. Resident status will be verified using the zip code … Read more

Become a chess champ: A virtual tutorial & more at-home activities for kids

Become a chess champ

Chess challenges young minds to think critically. It teaches sacrifice and strategy, and exercises the ability to think ahead. And it’s fun! Whether kids are new to chess or have been playing for some time, your public library has resources for all experience levels—including a virtual chess tutorial, an ongoing virtual workshop series, live tutoring, … Read more

Working together to keep everyone at every age safe

Child and women wearing masks

With the state’s June 11 move to Restore Illinois’ Phase 5 and the Village of Oak Park’s Health Department following suit, the library is making changes regarding its COVID-19 protocols. Building capacity limits have been removed. During open hours, real-time building occupancy counts continue to display in a bar at the top of this website. … Read more

We Suggest: Rainbow Book Month

LGTBQ+ fiction book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph In addition to being Pride Month, the American Library Association, and the Rainbow Roundtable have designated June as Rainbow Book Month. It is a celebration of LGBTQ+ stories, and you can find some recent favorites below! Want more? Find more title suggestions for all ages, virtual activities, online resources, and … Read more

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