Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Create videos, podcasts, games & more

Family using laptop

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Reimagining how we use technology is very important for families today. Below you’ll find equitable resources featuring safe and reliable tutorials that young adults and kids can use to make podcasts, Youtube videos, and coding. Check out these digital titles The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology by Sean Connolly, Kristyna … Read more

‘Kids are reflective and ready to do this work’: Supporting anti-racism in Oak Park middle schools

Beronica Puhr and Katy Alejos load van with boxes of books

“Schools are a reflection of our society, so in the wake of social justice and anti-racism demonstrations, we must support our students in becoming global citizens in a diverse democracy.” —Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Anti-Racism in District 97 All Oak Park Elementary School District 97 middle school students are reading and discussing Stamped: … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Nature fun

Jenny with squirrel

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Jenny and I are huge fans of nature programming at the library. We’ve offered nature classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary aged kids, and kids of all ages with disabilities, for years. That’s because nature allows us to expand learning in both reading and science! As Anne of Green Gables … Read more

We suggest: Iowa Writers’ Workshop edition

Book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph This October, we’re excited to welcome Claire Lombardo as the speaker at this year’s Ballinger Lecture, held virtually on Zoom, on Sunday, October 11, 2-3 pm. And we’re also thrilled that so many Oak Parkers read and loved Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had. In honor of her upcoming virtual … Read more

Introducing Tech Tips: Using tabs in your internet browser

While our in-person programs are on hold during the library’s Service Level 2, we’re launching a new digital learning series called Tech Tips. In biweekly blog posts and emails, library staff will share digital learning tips in a short, approachable, and easy-to-digest manner. “We came up with this idea to reach our patrons who often … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Take a brain & body break

Miss Shelley with core board

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Welcome back and happy autumn! Recently, Miss Jenny shared a book about a day that should have been exciting and wonderful turning into a big disappointment. Those days feel pretty common right now. Our kids want to go to school and learn and play with their friends—but right now, it … Read more

All October: Participate in the virtual Restorative Justice Conference

Restorative Justice Conference 2019 Community Committee

2020 theme: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity We’re excited to announce that Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference will take place virtually, all throughout October. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity (watch the video and see below for more on this theme). The goal of this year’s conference is to provide … Read more

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Pictured above: Detail of Maíz Flor Serpiente/ Flower Maize Serpent commissioned digital art work by the Indigenous Design Collection, 2015. (Smithsonian Latino Center) A celebration of Hispanic Americans, this commemorative month (held September 15-October 15) honors “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and … Read more

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