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

COVID-19: Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

Vaccine information » About COVID-19 » Fact-checker » Here’s more about how your public library is continuing to serve you during the pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources, contact our Social Services and Public Safety team. Summary of service levels 1 Digital collections and virtual services only. Remote customer service, virtual programs, and meetings. Buildings, returns, … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Child and women wearing masks

With the help of the Oak Park Health Department, the Main Library has set a safe building capacity at 250 total. Maze Branch, open with limited services and hours, has a safe building capacity of 80 total. We expect to implement more service changes by July 5. Real-time capacity numbers display during open hours on … Read more

Butterflies! At-home activities & more for grade schoolers (part 2)

Butterfly painting on window

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Here in Oak Park, the Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we are learning so much about monarch butterflies and their need for milkweed plants to thrive. Did you know that the extinction of monarch butterflies ties into climate change? … Read more

Tech Tips: How to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: Helping Families Connect

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a program to help people struggling to afford internet services during the pandemic. If you qualify, the EBB can help pay for monthly internet service and even provide a one-time discount for an internet-capable device. The benefit can be used for either home internet … Read more

We suggest: Sizzling summer reads

Sizzling Summer Reads

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton There are always tons of great titles released during summer, and this year is no exception. This week we’re highlighting just a few of these new books that we think everybody will be reading in the coming months. Place your hold today! Fiction The Other Black Girl by Zakiya … Read more

Tech Tips: How to connect to a wireless network

Person using a laptop outside

By Digital Learning Specialist Amy Hofmockel You may be in a cafe, out in Scoville Park, or at the library trying to access a public WiFi network, or connecting with a mobile WiFi hotspot that you have checked out from the library. But how do you know you are connecting to the right network? Using your laptop … 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 official Village of Oak Park holiday, as well as an official library holiday. It’s also on its way to becoming an Illinois state holiday. About Juneteenth The holiday is … Read more

Maze Branch open with limited hours, services

Maze Branch

In-person, self-service visits to Maze Branch, as they are at the Main Library, look different than they did in pre-COVID times. For everyone’s safety, masks are required to enter and stay inside. Physical distancing of 6 feet is encouraged. Some tables and chairs (placed at a physical distance of at least six feet) are available … Read more

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