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the storyline

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‘Sharing in our love of reading’ page 10

Thanks for using and supporting your library, Oak Park! page 14


THE STORYLINE Winter 2019/20

TURNING OUTWARD In our library magazine, we’re reflecting on our community’s aspirations in action, sharing stories that illustrate who we are and where we are heading. • Have a story to share? Visit oppl.org/share or email us at communications@oppl.org. • Looking for events? Pick up monthly print calendars—for families, adults, and teens—at the library and at 50 more Oak Park locations, or visit oppl.org/calendar.

Photo by Paul Goyette

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES Find board meeting dates and locations and meet the trustees at oppl.org/board.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David J. Seleb 708.697.6911 d.seleb@oppl.org

COVER Celebrating Kwanzaa at the Main Library. Photo by Paul Goyette. See page 5 for more.

Featured in this issue ‘Filled with the spirit of unity’


More than a model


‘My mission is transmitting the folklore’


‘This is what community looks like’


Chess clubs converge


‘Inclusion is a driving force’


Lending space


3 great ways to go digital with your library


EMPOWERING EVERY VOICE The Oak Park Public Library publishes The Storyline in support of its vision to empower every voice in our community and its mission to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations. Contact Writer and Editor Kristen Romanowski, Graphic Designer Rebecca Lang, and Director of Communications Jodi Kolo at communications@oppl.org.


Photo by Paul Goyette

“[The library] provides more than just books, but a sense of belonging.” —Library patron

‘It really does take a village’


n September, one of you shared a story with us that I think deserves a wider audience. Liz C. wrote: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ian, who attended our block party today with the Book Bike. I was looking for read aloud suggestions for my high school students (most of whom are reluctant readers at best), and after talking for a few minutes, we parted ways. About ten minutes later, he approached me again with a full sheet of recommendations and resources offered by our amazing Oak Park library system. I was so touched and encouraged by his help that I just had to share. It was so amazing not to feel so alone in my classroom—it really does take a village.” This story is meaningful to me because it highlights some of what library service is all about: bringing library collections, resources, and services to people where they live, work, and play; encouraging reading and learning in a personalized way; and recognizing that we’re all in this together. I thank Liz for taking the time to share this story with us, and I thank all of you who continue

to tell us about your aspirations and what matters to you in your own lives. We know that using your library is an individual experience, based on your unique goals, wants, and needs. It is also a community experience, with shared spaces and communal resources open to all. Since we embrace a “turning outward” approach, an intentional process for listening to and learning about our community, it also means we make the choice to ground library work in the community’s shared aspirations. In this issue of The Storyline, we’re reflecting on meaningful ways our community members have been engaging with us and one another. As always, thank you for using your public library and for helping us spread the word about the public good that libraries provide.

David J. Seleb, Executive Director


‘A place at the table’


ast April, Oak Park resident Dima Ali came to the library with a concern—and an idea. Ramadan was coming up in May, and there were no public programs yet planned at the library to recognize it, this holy month of spiritual reflection and fasting for Muslims around the world. The solution? Ali (pictured at right) offered to share her own cultural heritage and expertise with the community by organizing a family Ramadan celebration at the Main Library. “There is a need for more inclusivity in our community. People want to learn and are genuinely curious,” Ali says, noting that there is a small community of Muslims living in Oak Park. “By celebrating them, we provide a place for them at the table.” Thanks to her efforts, the children and adults who came celebrated together, enjoyed food and activities like Arabic calligraphy, and connected over artifacts from Iraq, Egypt, India, and Pakistan contributed by community members, including traditional Middle Eastern dresses. “This is a great example of the kind of community-led cultural heritage programs we want to see more of at the library,” says Multicultural Learning Librarian Naomi Priddy, who in August went on to partner with the group Oak Park Muslims to host an Eid al-Adha celebration at Dole Branch that shared food, crafts, stories, and artifacts from community members’ home countries. On the next few pages, you’ll hear from more community members who have worked with us to share their own cultural expertise and enthusiasm, with library support. If their stories spark an idea, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more about how to work with us in our new Collaborative Multicultural Programming model, and submit an idea for your own cultural heritage program at oppl.org/multicultural.

“I was encouraged to think of the library as a place to host my celebration of Ramadan, a holy Muslim month, because I know how inclusive and open to all it is. I’m fortunate to live in a loving and tolerant community and call it ‘home.’” —Dima Ali


Dima Ali at the 2019 Family Ramadan Celebration

2019 COMMUNITY KWANZAA CELEBRATION Sunday, Dec. 29, 2–5 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. oppl.org/calendar 2018 Community Kwanzaa Celebration | Photo by Paul Goyette

‘Filled with the spirit of unity’


his December’s Community Kwanzaa Celebration will be the third one that Oak Park resident Juanta Griffin has organized at the Main Library. Here, Griffin (pictured above, second from right) shares what it means and what she’s looking forward to.

WHAT IS KWANZAA? “Kwanzaa is a Black American Harvest Celebration,” Griffin says. “It brings the Black community together to celebrate our culture, our accomplishments, and our goals for the future. It is also a time to promote and embrace the creativity of Black, talented young people and entrepreneurs within our village. “Our program exemplifies creative expressions of the Nguzo Saba [see sidebar]. Hopefully those who attend leave uplifted and filled with the spirit of unity in their hearts and minds. Our mission is that everyone that attends our program leaves feeling empowered to become the change they want to see in our community and to neighboring communities.”

‘IT HAPPENS BECAUSE OF US’ “This year I’m looking forward to sharing the work of a young fashion designer,” Griffin says. “She has an Afrocentric clothing line and she will feature her line in our very first fashion show! I’m also excited to see what Donna Callender will choreograph for us with Kuumba Kids! “I want to add that most of what we do is because of community volunteers. I could do none of this without the support of the library and the community. This does not happen because of me, it happens because of us!”

ALL ARE INVITED “We believe that inclusion fosters understanding, and understanding builds respect, and with respect there can be peace,” Griffin says. “As a diverse community, our goal is to live together peacefully. Cultural community programming provides the education needed for villagers to share and fellowship with each other in a safe, welcoming environment.”

NGUZO SABA Seven principles of Kwanzaa Umoja: Unity Kujichagulia: Self-determination Ujima: Collective work & responsibility Ujamaa: Cooperative economics Nia: Purpose Kuumba: Creativity Imani: Faith


Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

More than a model


ast May, Oak Park residents Pem Hessing, Nicole Sumida, and Yoko Terretta organized a family celebration at the Main Library in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.* In addition to literary readings, fine art, food, and martial arts demonstrations, they celebrated notable Asian Americans and also challenged definitions of who is considered Asian American. “We are not monolithic and have a wide variety of interests, talents, and experiences,” Sumida says—contrary to the “model minority” narrative, which stereotypes Asian Americans as studious, quiet, hardworking, and good at math and science. “Most people would be surprised to know that many AAPI folks are interested in the arts, sports, social services, or politics,” Sumida adds. “We don’t all come from

affluent families, we aren’t all programmed to be physicians or physicists, nor do we have the wish or opportunity to attend Ivy League schools or pursue aspirational lives defined by the mainstream.”

‘A SUPPORTIVE, CENTRAL HUB’ On why they’ve collaborated with the library to celebrate their culture, the organizers write: “The Oak Park Public Library is a supportive, central hub in our community, the perfect spot for a family event, accessible to all. While we seek to create community among the Asian American families in Oak Park, we also want to invite our friends and neighbors to learn more about our culture, our history, and the issues that impact us as a wider community. “With the growing population of Asian American families in Oak Park and surrounding communities, we feel an increasing need for culturally informed representation in events, programming, and school curriculum. As a community, we are often overlooked and certainly underrepresented, so this event creates a space for us to meet, share our experiences, and plan future collaborations. We hope to be included in all discussions related to building community in Oak Park.”

*Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) includes those who identify as South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial or multiethnic Asian American or Pacific Islander. For this celebration, the organizers used “Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA)” to include South Asians (sometimes referred to as “Desi”). “We continue to examine the best way to push for awareness and inclusion of all AAPI communities,” they write.



Kathy Valdivia, Multicultural Collection volunteer

‘My mission is transmitting the folklore’


f all the Peruvian folk dances that Oak Park resident Kathy Valdivia has studied and taught, her favorite is the Huaylarsh. It’s “a happy dance,” she says, one that recalls agricultural work and courtship among young people in the central Andean highlands of Peru, where Valdivia is originally from. When Valdivia (pictured above) moved to Oak Park 13 years ago, she brought along her professional expertise in Peruvian folk dances, clothing, and musical instruments. And since last April, she’s been volunteering with the library’s Multicultural Collection as a researcher, providing context around artifacts and dispelling misconceptions. “My mission is transmitting the folklore from my country,” Valdivia says.

INTERPRETING THE COLLECTION The Multicultural Collection at Dole Branch is full of thousands of cultural resources that cardholders can check out. It includes artifacts like handmade textiles and dolls, as well as books, films, and music from around the world. In 2016, the library took over the collection from Oak

Park Elementary School District 97, where it had been used in classrooms for more than 30 years. “One of our goals is that the Multicultural Collection reflects Oak Park’s international community,” says Multicultural Learning Librarian Naomi Priddy. “And that members of the community play a role in interpreting the collection.” Valdivia, who uses Spanish-language sources in her research, has provided rich details around Peruvian artifacts, including musical instruments, pottery, toys, and dolls. The dolls are her favorite, and she’s been able to tell us more about the clothing they wear, including one with an embroidered shawl and a hat that a woman from Cajamarca, in the northern Andean highlands, might wear on a Sunday or a special occasion (pictured above). With her research, we’ve fleshed out the object cards that accompany each artifact and tell their stories. “Her contributions have been a great model for highlighting community knowledge within the collection and ensuring that the collection reflects the community accurately and meaningfully,” Priddy says. 7

“Restorative practices is a way of life. It’s not just something you do, but who you are.” —Cody Cotton, A Greater Good Foundation

2019 Restorative Community Practices Conference participants (left to right) Matteo Hardiman, Azreinna Winston, Susan Lucci, Libbey Paul, Stephen Jackson, and Eric Cherry

‘This is what community looks like’


n October, around 200 people gathered at the Main Library over a three-day weekend for peace circles, panel discussions, workshops, meals, music, and conversation. “It was love,” says Josh Easter, who helped organize the Restorative Community Practices Conference. It drew national experts, local activists and teachers, families with children, community leaders, and passionate individuals for a deep dive into how restorative practices can be applied within families, schools, and communities. “For me, the most meaningful parts of the weekend were the organic connections and relationships that restorative practices foster,” he says. Restorative principles include bringing empathy to a situation, seeking first to understand, and helping people without doing further harm. Whether they’re applied in a criminal justice, school, family, or broader community setting, restorative practices take a group perspective, says the library’s Teen Services Coordinator Stephen Jackson. So it was fitting that, to build upon the library’s first restorative justice conference in 2018, Jackson assembled a committee of dedicated community members to plan and

broaden the scope for the 2019 conference. The group met weekly for months and brought in conference speakers both local and national, including Anita Wadhwa, Restorative Justice Coordinator at Yes Prep Northbrook High in Houston; LeVar J. Ammons, Executive Director of Equity and Student Success at Oak Park and River Forest High School; Pamela Purdie, Peace Circle Trainer at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, and Illinois State Sens. Don Harmon and Kimberly Lightford. “This is what community looks like,” says planning committee member Susan Lucci, who facilitates restorative circles in the Oak Park area. Easter, who mentors Chicago-area youth and families both as an AmeriCorps Affiliate and with A Greater Good Foundation, said the support he felt during the conference was rejuvenating. “We went into the weekend as strangers, and I now have a new network of people I consider allies and friends who are supporting the work we’re doing in the community,” he says. “The work that we do to create positive change in the community has come with so many personal sacrifices, but events such as this are so reassuring that we are on the right path.” 9

 ‘Sharing in our love of reading’ Three-year-old Selassie (pictured with his parents at right) is one of the latest graduates of our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. His dad, Munk, tells us: “Selassie’s vocabulary and ability to structure sentences improved. We also learned that he had an amazing ability to memorize long passages from stories! As parents, we got additional time to bond while sharing in our love of reading.” Learn more about the program: oppl.org/early-learning

 Welcoming English learners

1,000 Books graduate Selassie and his parents

Our summer reading program is open to all kids, wherever they live. This past summer, we were able to share it with kids who are new to the U.S. and learning English, as we translated summer reading guides into multiple languages for the first time. “The students were so excited to see their home languages,” says English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Jennifer Jaros, after Librarian Genevieve Grove visited the Newcomer English Learner Summer Program at Holmes Elementary with the translated guides and prize beads. After Grove’s visit, one student who had never before spoken in class was able to join her peers in talking about summer reading. “I expected the student to pass, but instead she came up in front of the class and told us how many beads she had, described each one, and picked her favorite,” Jaros said. “That was the first time she spoke in front of a group.”

Students in the Newcomer program at Holmes Elementary


Open Chess at the Main Library

Chess clubs converge


raditionally, Open Chess has been a small group of folks that come out every week and play together,” says Community Engagement Librarian Ian Gosse, who coordinates the weekly Monday evening meetup. But over the summer, attendance rocketed as more and more enthusiasts of all ages converged on the Main Library. Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Chess Club joined in, as did Illinois Chess Vets, a nonprofit that teaches and organizes chess games for disabled veterans and young people. With the surge in players and coaches, they were able to organize free tournaments at the library sanctioned by the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF). One of the youngest players, Scott, is a first-grader at Holmes Elementary and a serious competitor. In September, USCF gave him the highest rating for a 6-year-old nationwide. “For me, chess is my passion,” says his dad, Ren Vincent Escalera, who started teaching his son when Scott was just 18 months old. “I took chances that Scott might also love the game and, hopefully, share the same passion.” But you don’t have to be an award-winning player to attend Open Chess on Monday evenings. It’s open to all ages and skill levels, including learners. And on Tuesday afternoons, kids ages 5-13 can join Chess Champs Club, a two-hour workshop and open play chess club led by instructor Luis Tubens. See all dates, times, and more info: oppl.org/calendar

Instructor Luis Tubens with chess champ Scott


Librarian Bridget Optholt with baby Virginia

Accessible nursing pod now open


aregivers looking for spaces to nurse, pump, or bottle feed now have another option at the Main Library. Our newly installed and ADA-compliant lactation suite is now open in the Children’s Services Area for first-come, first-served use. “We are so excited to be able to offer this amenity,” ays Jennifer Norborg, Manager of Children’s Services. “It’s just a no-brainer to have here. But we do want to emphasize that we are a breastfeeding-friendly institution. This is simply another option for those who prefer additional privacy while nursing or pumping.

We invite patrons to feed their babies wherever they feel comfortable in our building.” The new Mamava nursing pod was financed through proceeds from the Fallon Family Fund, an endowment fund focused on helping deliver cuttingedge projects and resources for all of our community’s children and families (such as the library’s Book Bike). To best meet our community’s needs, we intentionally chose the ADA-compliant version, which accommodates wheelchairs. The nursing pod is available on a first-come, first-served basis. More: oppl.org/accessibility

IMPROVING EVERYONE’S EXPERIENCE Thanks in part to a $50,000 grant secured for the library by State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, in September we enhanced our audio and video technology in the Main Library Veterans Room, to improve everyone’s experience in our largest meeting space. This is the first significant technology upgrade for the Veterans Room since the current Main Library building was constructed in 2003. Learn more about library spaces you can reserve: oppl.org/spaces


 “Inclusion is a driving force behind our work, and we practice it in several ways so families can find what they need.” —Librarian Shelley Harris

Supported Yoga at the Main Library

‘Inclusion is a driving force’

Adapted Boardmaker book

“We believe that everyone deserves opportunities to participate in and give back to their community,” says Librarian Shelley Harris. That’s why, in addition to offering dedicated storytimes, gardening, yoga, cooking, and more programs to empower disabled kids and teens, we also offer supports to make anyone’s visit more comfortable. For example, fidget toys that meet different sensory needs can help kids calm themselves or focus. “We know kids need to be able to attend whichever activity matches their age and interest, without barriers,” Harris says.

AT ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS We offer supports for use in the library, such as noise-canceling headphones, wiggle seats, fidget toys, DIY schedules, pinwheels, sunglasses, weighted lap blankets, and more.

FOR CHECKOUT FROM THE MAIN LIBRARY Adapted Boardmaker books. Boardmaker picture symbols are a way for kids to learn and recognize words in a visual, pictorial way. Braille books. We have books that have been published in braille, and ones with braille translations added.

Braille reader. This device translates ebooks and web pages into braille. Scanner pens. The pens let you scan text, hear the words read aloud, and look up any words you don’t know. They’re useful for a wide range of people, including those who have impaired vision, are learning English, or are reading below grade level. “They can make higher-level texts accessible, in the same way that audiobooks do,” Harris says. “Even if you can’t decode the word on the page, you may know that word when it’s spoken out loud, in context, and you can be exposed to all that rich vocabulary that way.”

Scanner pen

 More: oppl.org/accessibility


Thanks for using and supporting your library, Oak Park! In honor of Library Card Sign Up Month, in September we asked you to share your favorite ways to use your library card. More than 50 of you did, and we’ve printed some of your responses here. Also that month, 300 of you became new library cardholders, and nearly 300 of you took home a free lawn sign to display and help spread the word about the value of libraries. Thanks for your support!

Library staff Brent Haines and Nelly Arroyo

“Checking out books, reserving books on the new and improved app, using the PCs at the Main Library, using the printer rather than owning one at home, scanning and emailing documents, checking out and reading ebooks, using the various library apps to stream movies, checking out American Girl dolls/science backpack kits/ iPads for my grandchildren to use.... I can’t live without my local library and my precious library card!!”

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“I used Consumers’ Checkbook, to find a company to remove the roots of bushes in my landscape that had become overgrown. I estimate that I saved at least $150, and found a company who did excellent work in record time, the next working day!” More: oppl.org/consumer-info

“Browsing and borrowing from the unique and wonderful Multicultural Collection.”  More on page 7

“I love having access to the wonderful and expansive world that my library card offers! I love to read. By trade, I’m a researcher so I love the online database available to me to discover some articles and information I may not have found in other locations.”

PUBLIC LIBRARIES EMPOWER US ALL Learn more about the public good that libraries provide: oppl.org/because


Sharing resources


hanks to our membership in the SWAN (System Wide Automated Network) consortium, our cardholders have access to a shared online catalog of nearly 10 million items from 97 libraries throughout the Chicagoland area, including neighboring public libraries in Forest Park, River Forest, Berwyn, and more. If we don’t have something you’re looking for on our shelves, chances are it’s available from another SWAN library. You can put it on hold by logging into your account via the library’s website or the new library app (see page 19). And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, we can help. For items that are not available through the SWAN network, Oak Park Public Library cardholders can make interlibrary loan and purchase requests. You can request most kinds of items, including books, CDs, DVDs, microfilm, and copies of articles. To learn more, visit oppl.org/request.


CAN I USE A CARD FROM A DIFFERENT LIBRARY? If you have a valid Chicago Public Library card, or a card from another library in Illinois, you can use it here. Registration may be required on your first visit.


WHAT DOES ‘BEING FINE-FREE’ MEAN? We don’t charge overdue fines on

items checked out at an Oak Park Public Library location (Main Library, Dole Branch, Maze Branch, or the Book Bike). We do charge replacement costs for lost or damaged items, however, and materials checked out at other SWAN libraries are subject to those libraries’ loan rules.  More about using your library card: oppl.org/card

“When I read about a book that interests me, I simply go online and reserve it at the Oak Park Public Library. They either take it from the library shelves, or “borrow” it from another library through SWAN. Soon the book appears on the hold shelf at the main branch, ready for me to check out, take home, and read.”* *“What’s your favorite way to use your Oak Park Public Library card” submission (see pages 14–15 for more)


Forest Park Public Library began renovations in September 2019

Lending space


s your public library, we love to share! And that includes sharing space with our neighbors. In September, the Forest Park Public Library began a $1.3 million renovation of its building and spaces at 7555 Jackson Blvd. While their building is under construction, we’re welcoming three of their book groups to meet at our Main Library, 834 Lake St., through February. “Both Forest Park Public Library and Oak Park Public Library celebrate literacy and literature in all its manifestations, and thriving book clubs are a very good sign that our work is succeeding,” says Skye Lavin, Manager of Adult Services at the Forest Park Public Library. “The health of our local reading culture is not informed by just one library versus another, but embraces our overlapping communities, from the Little Free Libraries on the streets to the prosperity of The Book Table and Centuries and Sleuths and other bookstores, the successful work of the local schools, and the gratification of every reader of any age who has ever drifted to a park bench or armchair with a good book that they’ve luckily encountered.” See all book group discussions: oppl.org/calendar

‘EVERYONE NEEDS A SPACE WHERE THEY BELONG’ In our final One Book, One Oak Park discussion this summer, community members and guests from institutions like the Park District of Oak Park and the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation gathered in a large circle to talk about Eric Klinenberg’s Palaces for the People and the value of social infrastructure (see photo on page 2). As one participant said, “Everyone needs a space where they belong.” Another told us in a letter that, a few days after the discussion, she was at the grocery store and stopped to help a fellow shopper struggling with a heavy bag. “If I had not attended the panel discussion I probably would not have done this,” she wrote.

 “The ethical cornerstone of public libraries is that we want to benefit the public good, and sharing what we have is the way we do it. So collaborating is built into the way libraries and librarians operate.” —Skye Lavin, Manager of Adult Services at the Forest Park Public Library



great ways to go digital with your library

“My favorite way to use my Oak Park library card is using the streaming services for books, magazines & movies from the comforts of my couch!”*


QUALITY VIDEOS TO STREAM ON THE SPOT With Kanopy, enjoy award-winning features, enduring classics, educational and insightful documentaries, and more, including films from The Criterion Collection. Instant access to 10 items per month.

Available on iOS and Android, and in browser on laptop/desktop.

Stream via Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku.

Unlimited checkouts on Kanopy Kids content: films and TV series that help kids develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem, with Common Sense Media ratings.


INSTANT AUDIOBOOKS, MUSIC & MORE With Hoopla, choose from thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV show episodes, and music albums. Instant access to 10 items per month.

Available on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire HD/HDX, and in browser on laptop/desktop. Stream via Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Alexa-enabled devices. Temporarily download content on mobile devices for offline use.


MAGAZINES TO DOWNLOAD & KEEP With RBdigital, get digital magazines you can keep! Check out issues from 64 current subscriptions to popular and local interest titles. Instant access to unlimited issues.

Available on iOS, Android, Kindle HD/HDX, and in browser on laptop/desktop.

Full access to Cook’s Illustrated; The New Yorker; O, The Oprah Magazine; Popular Science; Wired; and more!



*“What’s your favorite way to use your Oak Park Public Library card” submission (see pages 14–15 for more)

in your pocket

Get the new app With the new SWAN app, there’s no need to carry your library card. To get started, search “SWAN Libraries” in your app store. The app is available for no charge to cardholders. Learn more: oppl.org/swan 19

Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 134 Oak Park, IL Postal Carrier Pre-Sort


DOLE BRANCH 255 Augusta St. | 708.386.9032 Monday: Closed Tuesday–Thursday: 10 am–9 pm Friday: 10 am–6 pm Saturday: 10 am–5 pm Sunday: 1–6 pm MAZE BRANCH 845 Gunderson Ave. | 708.386.4751 Monday–Thursday: 10 am–9 pm Friday: Closed Saturday: 10 am–5 pm Sunday: 1–6 pm

WINTER 2019/20 CLOSINGS OPPL.ORG/VISIT Day before Thanksgiving: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 All buildings close at 5 pm Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 All buildings closed Staff Engagement Day: Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 Main Library and Dole Branch closed until 2 pm; Maze Branch closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 & Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 All buildings closed New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 All buildings close at 5 pm New Year’s Day: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 All buildings closed

Printed on recycled paper. More: fsc.org

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MAIN LIBRARY 834 Lake St. | 708.383.8200 Monday–Thursday: 9 am–9 pm Friday: 9 am–6 pm Saturday: 9 am–5 pm Sunday: 1–6 pm

When Home Won’t Let You Stay Stories of Refugees in America Meet photographer James A. Bowey: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 pm, Main Library

Census 2020: Everyone counts Coming in March You can count on your public library as a trusted source of information about the 2020 census. And because, for the first time, you will be encouraged to complete the census online, you also can count on us to provide secure computer and internet access. More: oppl.org/civic The 2020 census counts every person, including young kids, in the United States. Completing it is required; the results affect community funding, congressional representation, and more, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Oak Park Public Library Winter 2019/20 The Storyline  

The Oak Park Public Library publishes The Storyline in support of its vision to empower every voice in our community and its mission to shar...

Oak Park Public Library Winter 2019/20 The Storyline  

The Oak Park Public Library publishes The Storyline in support of its vision to empower every voice in our community and its mission to shar...


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