News & Stories

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.

Book Bike outside Kinslahger Brewing Company

Book Bike delivers small-business stories

Ride along with the Book Bike as we share the unique #OakParkStories of small businesses, starting this National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6. The ...
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Trina Wade selecting books

Landing the job

Last year, Trina Wade, a mother of four, was working part-time at a major financial institution, studying full-time toward a business degree, and hunting for ...
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Ernest and Marcelline Hemingway, 1918

Oak Park items now live on DPLA

Hundreds of items from the Oak Park Public Library and community partner The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park are now live at the Digital ...
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/ Special Collections
Closer Look FLW

A closer look at Wright’s legacy

A tour group with the Elmhurst History Museum dropped by the library's Special Collections last week to get a closer look at original architectural drawings ...
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/ Special Collections
Madison Street, 1903

Opening access to more Oak Park treasures

Genealogists and local history buffs, take note: more photographic treasures telling Oak Park’s local story from the Civil War and beyond will soon be available ...
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/ Special Collections
Strengthening Your Child's Mind Muscle

Help strengthen your child’s ‘mind muscle’

Earlier this year, the Collaboration for Early Childhood circulated a community survey targeted at parents with kids ages 0–5, aiming to gather input on the ...
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/ Early Learners & Storytimes, Kids
Leigh Tarullo and Grand Army of the Republic Collections

Welcoming home local Civil War vets

Last week, we welcomed home two of the oldest items in the library: a pair of Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) volumes containing around ...
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/ Special Collections
olmes Elementary teacher Drew Finkbeiner and Oak Park Public Library's Rob Simmons shaking hands.

A new experience model

Rethinking how we engage with all patrons In his first week as Social Services and Safety Director, Robert Simmons found the demand for his social ...
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/ Impact, Social Services

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