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

Updated: Resources especially for teens, tweens & their families during COVID-19

Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and their families may need extra support and someone to talk to during these stressful times. Below, find resources for mental health and learning—along with some ideas for ways to connect, have fun, and stay active while practicing safe physical distancing. Counselors, social workers, remote learning & more From Oak Park … 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

Join us for two anti-racist book discussions in December

Register now for December 1: Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You Join us on Tuesday, December 1, 6-7:30 pm​ for the third family and community discussion of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Register now » Stamped offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe … Read more

We suggest: Family stories

Grandparents reading together

While we may be spending more time apart this year, sharing stories can connect people and families across distances, whether you’re separated by long distances or if you’re social distancing. During Family Stories Month this November, connect with your family—biological, adopted, by choice—by sharing stories, both learning about your family’s story and reading stories about … Read more

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