April is Arab American Heritage Month: See artifacts on display at the Main Library & find books, videos & more

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can:

  • Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians.
  • Find information about an upcoming display in the Main Library Idea Box windows and learn about a fanoos, a lantern used during Ramadan.
  • Log in with your Oak Park card and PIN to use online resources for self-paced learning from anywhere.

The month of April was officially designated as Arab American Heritage Month in Illinois in December 2018. Read the proclamation »

Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan & Islam Around the World

Monday, April 12-Wednesday, May 12, Main Library Idea Box. Ramadan Mubarak! Throughout the month of Ramadan, view a beautiful collection of what brings together Muslims from different parts of the world. On display in the windows of the Main Library Idea Box, you’ll see different cultures’ artifacts—including traditional dresses from Iraq, India, Pakistan, Palestine, and other countries, as well as Islamic artwork, prayer rugs, and rosaries. Learn more about Ramadan and presenter Dima Ali »

Learning about Fanoos

In this Virtual Learning & Fun for Kids video, Miss Juanta introduces Dima Ali, an Oak Park resident who is excited to tell you about her fanoos, a lantern used during Ramadan.

Watch more multicultural videos »

Titles we suggest

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For kids



Explore more title suggestions: Check out kids’ picture books, chapter books, and more (pdf) »

Online resources

Get access to subscription-based resources that Google can’t offer, with your Oak Park card and PIN:

For kids

Language learning

  • Mango Languages: Reach conversational proficiency in Arabic. Language options include Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Iraqi), Arabic (Levantine), and Arabic (Modern Standard).

Newspapers & magazines

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