We suggest: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

We’ll admit, we’re still feeling the poetry buzz from Amanda Gorman’s awe-inspiring reading at this year’s inauguration! And in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re extra excited to share these poetry titles we hope you’ll love just as much. Check out what our librarians are loving this month, including a commemorative book featuring Gorman’s inauguration … Read more

We suggest: New spring releases for teens

Teen Spring Reads Book Covers

by Alexander Gutierrez, Teen Services Librarian Spring is such an exciting time of year, and it’s also a great opportunity to crack open a new book while taking a break from that tedious spring cleaning! With so much happening this year, a fresh new book might be exactly what the doctor ordered, and it also … Read more

April is Arab American Heritage Month: See artifacts on display at the Main Library & find books, videos & more

Arab American Heritage Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Find information about an upcoming display in the Main … Read more

We suggest: 2021 award winners

2021 Award Winners

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph This year, we’ll take any reason to celebrate! But this year’s book award season was one we’re still buzzing over—with historic wins and really good titles for all ages. Here are some of the year’s winning titles, all written by women. 2021 award-winning titles by women Fathoms: The World in the … Read more

Teens invited to share their voice on managing stress and anxiety, creating new app

Teens on Smart Phones

The library is partnering with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs), on a project to design new smartphone apps that help teens better understand and manage their emotions, stress, and anxiety. Teens ages 12-17 are invited to get involved in this research project. Virtual interviews (lasting about 1-1.5 hours) will be scheduled … Read more

Honoring Women’s History Month with books, resources & more

Women's History Month

Held yearly in March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the U.S. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with your Oak Park card and PIN to use online resources for self-paced learning … Read more

Recognizing Black History Month with books, programs, online resources & more

Black History Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Black history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians in recognition of Black History Month. Register for … Read more

Honoring MLK Day: Virtual programs & more from your library

I have a dream: Martin Luther King Day

Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. as a day on, not a day off this Monday, January 18. Below find virtual programs and activities, digital title suggestions, online resources, and more to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the best known leaders of the civil rights movement. Access digital titles and … 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

We suggest: Best of 2020 teen fiction

We Suggest Best of 2020: Teen fiction

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 teen fiction favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Kids books | Picture booksTV shows, movies … Read more

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