New summer school program designed to motivate, engage students

Power of Partnerships summer 2018

IN THE NEWS: Free summer camp tackles equity gap; Power of Partnerships speaks to ‘whole child’ The Power of Partnerships (POP) Summer Program is a new free learning opportunity specifically designed to motivate and engage about 80 students entering grades 2–8 this fall. Happening now in the Main Library, Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm, this … Read more

Celebrating civic life, liberties, libraries for everyone

Library staff, board members, and friends holding Libraries Are for Everyone banner with balloons

All summer long, we have been cheering and proclaiming the message that “Libraries are for everyone!” As your public library, we are for everyone because we are committed to encouraging the contributions of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital and/or familial status, … Read more

Free Ravinia Tickets at A Day in Our Village

Ravinia

Love free live music and the great outdoors? We’ve got good news for you! Ravinia Festival has once again generously offered Oak Park Public Library cardholders tickets to summer concerts. Specific dates are available for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Martin Theater Concerts. Tickets are valid only on the date printed, may only be used on the evening … Read more

No catalog, account access April 30, May 1

No catalog, account access

The library catalog, your individual account, and all digital collections and online resources will be unavailable on Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1. The reason? The SWAN library consortium, which we belong to, is adding 19 more libraries and close to 2 million more items to the catalog. That means more books, more movies, … Read more

Automatic renewals are coming

Staff member holding a large stack of books

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 time with library materials. So what do you need to do? Nothing! How automatic renewal works Starting June 14, eligible items checked out on your account that have a due … Read more

On June 1, we went fine free

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 materials. “Every single mom of young children I know is jumping for joy,” said Gwen Walski, an Oak Park mother of three. “I love the library, and my whole family gets … Read more

Manager for Community Resources hired

Rob Simmons, Director of Social Services and Safety

Robert A. Simmons has accepted the library’s new full-time position of Manager for Community Resources. His first day in this new library role will be Monday, March 7. Joining a handful of public libraries in cities (including Denver, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) with similar social services-based positions, the library created the new role in late 2015. Primary responsibilities will include working … Read more

Hot Picks are here

Easy to find and borrow new and popular items You want shorter wait times and more availability of new and popular titles. So, we now offer Hot Picks, additional copies of new and popular fiction, nonfiction, and movies, available “only in the library.” Hot Picks have a large red dot on the spine, cannot be … Read more

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