How we spent our Hemingway summer

How we spent our Hemingway summer

It would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 117th birthday this July. The anniversary did not go unmarked here in Hemingway’s hometown. To skim the surface: In July, the library’s Special Collections team participated in a conference of international Hemingway Society scholars who came to Oak Park. A gala was held at the Main Library to support the home, now a museum, where Hemingway … Read more

A burst of creativity

Hacking Hemingway comic

See all student work here and by searching Twitter with #HackingHemingway Tweens and teens are digital learners, creators Inspired by old Hemingway family photos digitized earlier this year through a state grant to the library, Oak Park tweens and teens showed “a burst of creativity” in their classrooms and at the library this spring, said the grant’s Digital Learning Resident Alex Nall. A … Read more

What’s happening with Hacking Hemingway

Hacking Hemingway Twitter

Humanizing history in 140 characters Since February’s release of the first 84 digitized artifacts from the library’s Special Collections and The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park on the Illinois Digital Archives, there’s another place online you may have seen young Ernest, his sister Marcelline, and his mother Grace. Your Twitter feed. As the library … Read more

Five ways we support lifelong learning from birth

Mom and baby reading

When it comes to learning, there is no such thing as starting too early. Research tells us how important it is to introduce literacy concepts to children in their first years of life, even as newborns. It’s why we strategically support parents, caregivers, teachers, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers—with library-based resources and expertise as well as … Read more

Baby can’t wait

Carolyn Newberry Schwartz

By Carolyn Newberry Schwartz Executive Director, Collaboration for Early Childhood “Baby can’t wait” is a phrase you hear often at the Collaboration for Early Childhood. A compelling body of research shows the vital role early experiences play in a child’s ability to grow up healthy and ready to succeed. The Collaboration for Early Childhood, a public/private partnership, was … Read more

Dedicating more to Oak Park’s history

Leigh Tarullo

As it widens access to early Ernest Hemingway artifacts, the library is now devoting even more resources to its Special Collections. For the first time in its 113-year history, the library is dedicating a full-time staff position exclusively to its Special Collections, which include Hemingway artifacts owned by The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park … Read more

Hemingway artifacts now online

Ernest and Marcelline baby portrait

‘Stunning images, handwritten commentary’ Unprecedented, online access is now available to rare Ernest Hemingway family artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s through the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA). Thanks to an $86,900 grant from the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the first 84 digitized artifacts from the Oak Park Public Library’s … Read more

Manager for Community Resources hired

Rob Simmons, Director of Social Services and Safety

Robert A. Simmons has accepted the library’s new full-time position of Manager for Community Resources. His first day in this new library role will be Monday, March 7. Joining a handful of public libraries in cities (including Denver, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) with similar social services-based positions, the library created the new role in late 2015. Primary responsibilities will include working … Read more

Opening the vault

Marcelline Hemingway Baby Book

Now online are the first 84 of at least 300 digitized artifacts from the library, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP), and the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. All artifacts will be uploaded into the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) in time for the Hemingway Society’s 17th biennial international conference. in Oak Park … Read more

Hot Picks are here

Easy to find and borrow new and popular items You want shorter wait times and more availability of new and popular titles. So, we now offer Hot Picks, additional copies of new and popular fiction, nonfiction, and movies, available “only in the library.” Hot Picks have a large red dot on the spine, cannot be … Read more

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