Teen Tech Week: Make, create & learn at your library

Teen making stop-motion videos

In honor of Teen Tech Week, March 3-9, explore all of the digital resources and services your public library has to offer! Teen tech titles   Digital tools & programs for makers Explore your creativity with the help of technology at the library, including a 3D printer, laser cutter, scan/copy/print station, and an oversized copier … Read more

Share your voice and ideas at the Youth Social Justice Conference

We keep showing up for America. When will America show up for us? Sam Kirk mixed media on canvas

Challenging young people to challenge themselves. Educating our students outside the box. Helping them develop their own compass to navigate their way through the world. That’s what the Youth Social Justice Conference at the Main Library on Saturday, March 16, 10 am-3pm, is all about. A day of learning, exchanging ideas, growth All are invited … Read more

‘Catalyst’ grant connects mentors with youth bound for college and career

Emerging Leaders Network

As an 18-month grant-funded initiative to empower youth for college and career builds to a finish at the Main Library, those involved are calling it a “community catalyst” for the way it’s sparking opportunities, strengthening relationships, and energizing young people, families, and those who work with young people. “To catalyze something means you can walk … Read more

Living History: Led by youth, for youth

Living History Project

“Some people have a tendency of underestimating young people,” said Middle School Librarian Jose Cruz. “When sometimes it’s that we’re not providing them with something that is interesting for them, so you won’t see the results.” That hasn’t been the case for the Living History Project, a grant-funded initiative that’s formed a tight-knit group of … Read more

What grows with restorative justice?

Panelists Darrius Lightfoot, Quintin Williams, and Tim Crawford at the Restorative Justice Conference at the Main Library in October

The first time Chicago police officer Tim Crawford observed a peace circle, he was skeptical. But after a while, “I started to see—hold on—this works,” he said. “Especially with people who experience trauma on a regular basis. You’ve got to have a place to vent, to speak your truth.” Crawford (pictured far right) works with … Read more

Listen to the youth: Knowledge is power

Living History Project at the Main Library

On Wednesday, November 28, come listen to young people present what they’ve learned about civil and human rights at the Main Library, from 6:30 to 8 pm. The teens who will be speaking have been preparing for the event since May, as part of their involvement in The Living History Project. It’s a grant-funded initiative … Read more

Summer learning for teen volunteers

Teens posing in front of a mural in progress

UPDATE: This summer’s Forum Theatre Experience at the Oak Park Public Library empowers area youth, offering creative exploration around ways you and others can intervene in—and potentially reduce—bullying. To learn more about the Forum Theatre Experience, watch these videos. Notice the background? It’s a mural also being created by Teen Summer Volunteers. Stay tuned for the … Read more

Supporting summer fun

Covers of books: Who is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht, Text Me When You Get Home by Kyle Schaefer, Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, Calypso by David Sedaris, A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey, Sociable by Rebecca Harrington, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, This Is Me: Loving the person you are today by Chrissy Metz; Florida by Lauren Groff, and Love Rules by Joanna Coles

Visit a Chicago-area museum The Museum Adventure Pass program provides special offers and discounts to library cardholders at unique cultural destinations throughout the Chicago area. Participating destinations include beautiful outdoor spaces such as Brookfield Zoo, Cantigny Park, and Chicago Botanic Garden, historical facilities such as Oak Park’s Pleasant Home Foundation and Naper Settlement, and kid-centric … Read more

Spring break at your library

Opting for a staycation this spring break? Join us for events and activities at your library while school is out for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 March 26-31. Browse all Kids & Families events >American Girl Mystery EventMonday, March 26, 2–3:30 pm, Dole Branch. Decipher the clues and interact with Multicultural Collection artifacts relating to the historical dolls to solve the mystery. Get ready to explore history, learn about Victory Gardens with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, and more! Best for ages 5+. Dress-up encouraged. Please note: Dole Branch will be open during the hours of this event for event attendees only.Kids’ Improv WorkshopMonday, March 26, 6:30–7:30 pm, Maze Branch. Join us for fun and games that are sure to test your quick-thinking skills. Grades 1–4.Spring Break CraftingLaugh, have fun, and create! Ages 4+.Tuesday, March 27, 2–3 pm, Maze BranchThursday, March 29, 2–3 pm, Dole BranchFilm Screening: Despicable Me 3Wednesday, March 28, 2–4 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. (PG, 90 minutes)More Than a Mic: Transgender Day of VisibilityWednesday, March 28, 5–7 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Speak out against transphobia and oppression through performance and visual art at this spoken-word freestyle open mic, part of the library's More Than a Month series.

Opting for a staycation this spring break? Join us for events and activities at your library while school is out for Oak Park Elementary School District 97 March 26-31. Browse all Kids & Families events » American Girl Mystery EventMonday, March 26, 2–3:30 pm, Dole Branch. Decipher the clues and interact with Multicultural Collection artifacts … Read more

Teen Tech Week: Create at your library

Teen Tech Week

Make, create, and learn at your library! In honor of Teen Tech Week, March 4-10, explore all of the digital resources and services that your library has to offer. Tech titles for teens   Space for digital learning Our technology center is home to new equipment, including a new 3D printer, laser cutter, scan/copy/print station … Read more

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