New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

Wooden chess board with two players

With the explosion of interest in chess fueled by Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit last fall, library resource BrainFuse HelpNow has responded by offering live chess tutoring with expert coaches. Expert chess tutors are available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9 pm CT. Tutors have certifiable qualifications such as high Elo ratings (2000+), chess coaching … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Virtual, at-home art activities

How to draw a cardinal

By Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove While we live very close to one of the most well-known art museums in the world, you don’t need to leave Oak Park, or even your desk, to experience art! Here are a couple of fun resources to explore and use to make your own art, too. Try these activities … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Our favorite virtual activities

Two kids on laptop

This fall, we’ve been sharing some of our favorite virtual activities with our Discover and Explore posts. Have you missed any? Check out this list of great activities to do all year round! Visit museums virtually The National Museum of Mathematics is offering free classes for kids throughout the pandemic to explore the fun side … Read more

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

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Using technology responsibly

Two kids with cell phone

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr This winter, be safe with what you send over your digital device and where your devices end up after their lifespan ends. Check out these digital titles available on Hoopla E-Waste in Guiyu, China by Shannon Berg (grades 3-6): Understanding what “e-waste” means and how Guiyu, China was … Read more

We suggest: Best of 2020 kids & picture books

We suggest: Best of 2020: kids & picture books

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2020, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers! See our kids and picture books favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Kids books | Picture booksTV … Read more

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