Virtual learning for early learners: Take a sad year & make it better

Take a Sad Year & Make It Better: Tips for helping kids share memories and deal with difficult emotions

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Every year, our final Early Bird Reader tip we send via text (Want weekly early learning tips from the Oak Park Public Library? Sign up now for Early Bird Readers ») is to share stories about the year that’s ending. Sharing memories is a great way to practice narrating stories, … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Exploring your neighborhood

Mr. José in his neighborhood

Feeling stuck in your own neighborhood? Let’s visit Mr. Jose as he walks us around his Chicago neighborhood, Belmont Cragin, and shows us some of his favorite places. If you were making a video tour of your neighborhood, what are your favorite parts that you would show off? What other places would you like to visit by … Read more

Holidays Around the World 2020

Library staff celebrating the holidays

Our annual event has gone virtual! This year, library staff members recorded videos and wrote stories to share their holiday traditions and memories with you, plus fun books, crafts, games, videos, and more for families to explore. Plus, share your hopes and wishes for 2021 and look for them in a window art installation facing … Read more

Tech Tips: Safer online shopping

Woman with laptop and gift bags

By Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee Shopping online more this holiday season? Do it safely, and avoid becoming a victim of online scams, with these resources and tips! ‘Beware amazing deals’: 15 tips from Norton LifeLock “Beware amazing deals,” especially on social media. That’s one of the 15 tips from Norton LifeLock, a company known … Read more

We suggest: 2020 gift guide

Stack of books with bow

Looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Find books for everyone on your list with these suggestions from our librarians! For adults | For kids & teens For adults For fiction readers who’ve read it all For the masterful home chef For those who appreciate brains & beauty For the history buff For the … Read more

We suggest: National Book Awards 2020

2020 National Book Awards Winners book covers

Check out the 2020 National Book Awards winners and our read-alike titles, suggested by Oak Park’s fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Learn more about how the awards work from the National Book Foundation » Fiction winner Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu & read-alikes … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

Transgender spelled out on cubes

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott It’s Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year during the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), a day set aside to recognize each life lost during the year to … Read more

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