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Why do we exist? To empower every voice in our community. What do we do? We share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations. Read news announcements and stories of library impact below.

Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez

Meet Alex, our new Teen Services Librarian

Joining our Teen Services team is Librarian Alexander Gutierrez! "I've always wanted to be a librarian and have the opportunity to work with youths because ...
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Tech Tips: Google Drive Basics

Sign up for biweekly Tech Tips emails » By Adult Services Specialist John Gargiulo Do you have a Gmail account? Gmail provides you with access ...
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Two kids on laptop

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Our favorite virtual activities

This fall, we’ve been sharing some of our favorite virtual activities with our Discover and Explore posts. Have you missed any? Check out this list ...
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Take a Sad Year & Make It Better: Tips for helping kids share memories and deal with difficult emotions

Virtual learning for early learners: Take a sad year & make it better

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Every year, our final Early Bird Reader tip we send via text (Want weekly early learning tips from the Oak ...
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Mr. José in his neighborhood

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Exploring your neighborhood

Feeling stuck in your own neighborhood? Let's visit Mr. Jose as he walks us around his Chicago neighborhood, Belmont Cragin, and shows us some of his ...
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Library staff celebrating the holidays

Holidays Around the World 2020

Our annual event has gone virtual! This year, library staff members recorded videos and wrote stories to share their holiday traditions and memories with you, ...
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Two kids with cell phone

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Using technology responsibly

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr This winter, be safe with what you send over your digital device and where your devices end up ...
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We suggest: Best of 2020: kids & picture books

We suggest: Best of 2020 kids & picture books

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2020, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers! See ...
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