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.

Stronger together

Last March, as part of our strategy to rethink how we engage with all patrons, we hired a social worker—a first for us, but part ...
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/ Impact, Social Services
Unity Temple Minecraft

Design like Frank

In our MinecraftEdu World Have kids who love Minecraft? Opportunities are coming up in August for them to get inspired by the architecture of Frank ...
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/ Special Collections
Staff member holding a large stack of books

Automatic renewals are coming

Automatic renewals to debut in June Starting Wednesday, June 14, eligible items will renew automatically, giving you more peace of mind as well as more ...
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/ Announcements
Frances Kraft, Rising Readers

Leading change by removing barriers

By Frances Kraft As parents, teachers, and family members, we hope to foster in our children a love of reading from the earliest age. We encourage them ...
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/ Kids
Fine Free

On June 1, we went fine free

Starting June 1, 2017, anyone who checks out materials at an Oak Park Public Library location will no longer be charged overdue fines on those ...
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/ Announcements, Impact
Naomi Priddy

We are global learners and citizens

How do you start to have conversations about an object? It’s something the library’s new Multicultural Learning Librarian, Naomi Priddy, has been reflecting on as ...
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/ Multicultural
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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