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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.

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Virtual learning & fun: Rhymes make readers

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Rhyming is a key skill for kids on the path to reading. When kids can easily hear parts of words, ...
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Our plan to reintroduce services, reopen buildings

Navigating COVID-19 together As we share information about COVID-19, here's information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? ...
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Coronavirus and your public library

Our plan to reopen » Digital library » Instant access » COVID-19 testing sites near Oak Park Here is a list of COVID-19 testing sites ...
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Let’s work together to keep each other safe

To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to serve our community, the library is putting people and safety first, reintroducing services and ...
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Grandparent and grandchild building, teen playing chess, adult and child learning sign language

Learning can happen anywhere: Our favorite how-to books & resources

Want to learn sign language? How to fix anything? How to play chess? There’s a book or an online resource for that! If you find ...
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Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Best We Could Do’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This ...
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Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel

Virtual learning & fun: Talking about emotions

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris It's never too early to talk about emotions with children, even babies and toddlers. The past few months have been ...
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The 2020 Booker Prize Longlisted book covers: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi, Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze, The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel, Apeirogon by Colum McCann, The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward, How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

2020 Booker Prize Longlist

Photograph by the Booker Prizes. By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in ...
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