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.

Chalkboard with "I want to live in a community..." written at the top and a chalk drawing of a tree and smiling faces

Putting community first

Turning outward for action and change Four years ago this October, Executive Director David J. Seleb attended a three-day workshop so influential it forever changed ...
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/ Impact
Adding Value: Leading Edge

Adding value: Leading Edge

What’s your personal mission? What are three qualities of a great leader? What would you say to a young man who stopped you on the ...
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/ Teens

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
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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 go fine free

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

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