Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to serve our community, the library … Read more

Meet Rose, your new Health & Senior Services Librarian

Rose Barnes, Health and Senior Services Librarian

As our new Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services. “I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, … Read more

Let’s work together to keep each other safe

Keeping each other safe sign at the Main Library

Here are ways we are working together to keep each other safe and well. Find specifics in our internal Safer Working Guide for Staff » Everyone Wear face protection; stay home when you are sick. Hand washing Wash hands regularly; staff wear gloves when handling items. Frequent cleaning Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces frequently. … Read more

Meet Alex, our new Teen Services Librarian

Teen Services Librarian Alex Gutierrez

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 of their energy and optimism,” he says. His path from library volunteer to librarian Alex has been with the Oak Park Public Library since 2016, when he started as a … Read more

Harwood Public Innovators Lab begins in Oak Park

Can 26 people from 12 different Oak Park organizations unite to create positive change within our community? That’s the goal for the new Oak Park Harwood Public Innovators Lab, which kicked off on Tuesday, December 1. Over three days in December and two in January, this group of 26 community stakeholders will gather as one … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Coronavirus updates from the village, county & state Village of Oak Park » Cook County Travel Guidance » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois COVID-19 response » “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcements, executive orders and briefings (watch live or listen to audio … Read more

Our new manager of public safety asks, ‘How can I empower others?’

As our library’s approach to public safety has evolved over the past five years, library staff member Aaron Alonzo has grown along with it. He started at the library in 2017 in a part-time role, and has since worked to become a leader in the organization. This month, Alonzo was promoted to Manager of Public Safety. … Read more

Keeping book clubs going strong

Book Club Kids include: a bag, discussion questions and 10 copies of the same book

Like our library-led book groups, many community-based book clubs are continuing to stay connected virtually during this pandemic. To help support everyone’s love of reading and need for social connection, here are three library services (two of which are new) to help keep you and your book club both together and on top of what’s … Read more

Register now: Virtual Restorative Justice Conference enters final week

Restorative Justice Conference 2019 Community Committee

The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference has been taking place virtually all October, and it wraps up on Friday, October 30. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. The goal has been to provide the community with strategies to cope in these extreme times. “2020 has been … Read more

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