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Harwood Public Innovators Lab launches December 1

Can 26 people from 12 different Oak Park organizations unite to create positive change within our community? That’s the goal for the new Oak Park ...
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Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: New words, new stories

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris This holiday season is not at all what any of us had planned on. For most of us, celebrations will ...
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2020 National Book Awards Winners book covers

We suggest: National Book Awards 2020

Check out the 2020 National Book Awards winners and our read-alike titles, suggested by Oak Park's fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established ...
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Our new manager of public safety asks, ‘How can I empower others?’

Aaron Alonzo, who joined the library in 2017, is the library's new Manager of Public Safety. Outside the Main Library, he shows his certificate from ...
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Join us for two anti-racist book discussions in December

On December 1 and 2, we'll discuss Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi) and How to Be an Antiracist ...
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Transgender spelled out on cubes

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott It's Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness ...
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Trans flag butterfly

We suggest: Transgender Awareness Week

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the lives and legacies of trans people, the ...
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Miss Shelley reading a book

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Fun with sounds

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Miss Jenny and I both love building fun sounds into our storytimes and our videos. Sounds, especially unexpected ones, get ...
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