All about origami: How-to videos, books & more for grade schoolers

Butterfly origami

Library assistant Margaret can always be found doing origami and helping kids learn! Origami helps kids practice visual and spatial skills, concentration, and math, and is a great fidget activity for experienced creators. It’s also a lot of fun! Watch this video Can you make a butterfly following her tutorial? It’s the perfect way to … Read more

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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As eligibility widens across Illinois for COVID-19 vaccinations, the information about how, where, and when to find appointments for vaccines grows. To help us all find useful, local resources, we have assembled this page and are updating it frequently. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now » Ways to get vaccinated (English) » … Read more

Giving more attention & leadership to technology and collections

Elizabeth Marszalik, Leigh Tarullo, Kathleen Spale

During the past year, we’ve reaffirmed that technology and collections—both physical and digital—are core and essential services and functions of our library. And they require greater attention and leadership than ever. To address these needs, achieve our strategic objectives, and have a more significant and positive effect on our community and staff, we’ve shifted some … Read more

Tech Tips: How to find a digital newspaper or magazine

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By Digital Learning Librarian John Gargiulo Your Oak Park Public Library card gives you access to thousands of digital newspapers and magazines. Different streaming apps like PressReader, Flipster, and Libby all provide access to digital newspapers and magazines. So what is the best way to start when you’re looking for your favorites? The questions below will help … Read more

Meet Matthew, Leading Edge logo designer

Last summer, we held a logo design contest to help spread the word about the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB), one of the library’s Teen Services initiatives. A volunteer group for students ages 13-17, LETAB’s mission is to offer guidance and a teen-centered perspective to the Oak Park community and the Teen Services team. … Read more

Tax Day is May 17

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Federal & state tax returns are due May 17 More details from the IRS » More details from the Illinois Department of Revenue » Download, print tax forms Download Find links for federal and Illinois tax forms below: Federal Tax Forms Illinois Tax Forms Can’t find the IRS forms you need online? To request forms … Read more

Rhythm & rhyme & harmony: Videos & activities to help early learners practice self-regulation

Toddler clapping

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This week, I shared a video on using breathing to regulate your body when you’re feeling stressed or getting too excited on a fun day. A lot of the songs we sing and games we play in storytime help kids practice self-regulation: kids are following patterns in movement and song, … Read more

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: East Asian creators & stories

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By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and this week we are celebrating by sharing stories written by East Asian authors. Want more? Find more title suggestions for all ages, videos, online resources, and more » East Asian creators & stories Second Sister by Ho-Kei Chan Why you should … Read more

Oak Park engages in self-paced ‘Challenge’

Anti-Racism Resource Challenge Collage: History

Built as a yearlong, self-paced reading program to offer intentional learning experiences, the Anti-Racism Resource Challenge features specially selected books, media, articles, websites, and more—all from the library’s two curated anti-racism resource guides: Anti-Racism: A Starter’s Guide Countering Anti-Black Sentiments Adults and high schoolers are invited to participate—no Oak Park library card is required. In … Read more

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