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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Virtual & Offsite

Buildings closed; digital and virtual-only service starts Monday, November 16

Since Wednesday, November 11’s announcement to close the Main Library until Thursday, November 19 due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19, more health advisories (for Chicago and suburban Cook County) have been issued.

Both advisories go into effect at 6 am Monday and last 30 days. To do our part in helping slow the spread of this virus, we have adjusted our plan.

The Main Library will remain closed for 30 days, starting Monday, November 16.

After those 30 days, we will determine—based on the environment and any subsequent orders and advisories—whether to reopen the Main Library on December 16. 

This means we will not reopen on Thursday, November 19 following our week-long emergency closure as first announced Wednesday.

No physical checkouts, returns, deliveries, or building access

During this 30-day period, we will remain a digital and virtual services only environment. Staff will continue to answer your questions remotely (with expanded remote customer service hours coming November 23) to ensure you have full access to services and the support you may need to use them. Physical materials checkouts, including in-person and contact-free holds pickup, will not be available. There will be no delivery services. The parking garage will be closed. 

Know your digital library remains open and virtual programs are still happening. We will continue to think creatively about how to deliver services during this time, and throughout this pandemic overall (expect more updates on this soon).

Our intention is to help reduce the infection rate in Oak Park and around Chicago. See Oak Park testing status bulletins, demographic data, and more related to coronavirus in Oak Park »

Throughout this pandemic, we have focused on adapting service delivery to prioritize human health and well-being above all else. This latest decision is in line with our plan since the pandemic began—which has been to follow recommendations of local health officials. Read more about our approach »

While buildings are closed

  • Keep your items; book drops are closed. We are extending due dates, stopping SWAN notifications, and remember, we are fine free »
  • Know your holds are waiting. If you were already notified, your items will be here for pickup when the Main Library building reopens.
  • Ask us questions remotely
    • Visit oppl.org/contact »
    • Use our live chat service, accessible via oppl.org, from 10 am to 6 pm Mondays through Saturdays.
    • Call 708.383.8200 and leave a message; we will return your call as soon as possible.
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Virtual customer support available 2-6 pm

7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
All Branches

Virtual customer support will be available 2-6 pm today to accommodate a morning Staff Engagement Day training. 

Your digital library gives Oak Park cardholders anywhere, anytime access to massive amounts of growing virtual content. Read, listen, watch, find, learn, and research. 


Questions? Leave us a voicemail at 708.383.8200 or submit at oppl.org/contact »

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VIRTUAL: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Join other English language learners to practice English and learn new vocabulary in an informal setting. Conversation Facilitators will lead the session with a variety of topics for conversation. Free and open to all English language learners.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar
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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all December storytime classes.
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VIRTUAL: Drag Storytime

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Get ready for an hour of virtual fun featuring books, music, dancing, and time for questions during this storytime and celebration presented by guest stars Irregular Girl and Chanel Mercedes Benz. Ages 3+.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off long stories, all levels are welcome. No class, no formal lesson—just practice for current Spanish speakers.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event.

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VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Wrap Up Party

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
This is our Wrap-Up Party for NaNoWriMo. Join us and share some of your novel, what was easy, what was difficult, if you won, and more!

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to to join the event.

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: NaNoWriMo 

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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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VIRTUAL Library Buddies: Chat With Our Children's Services Team

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
We miss you, library friends! Because we don't get to talk at the desk anymore, come by our virtual desk in Zoom to get personal time with our Children's Services team. We can read you a story (or you can read to us), chat with a puppet, share some jokes, or show us your pets! Sessions are 10 minutes each.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. 
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VIRTUAL: Allergies, Asthma & You

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
The Housecall Allergist Dr. Pitud will be available to give a presentation and answer questions about allergies and asthma.


REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all December storytime classes.
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VIRTUAL: Never Fear Talks: How to Talk to Young People About HIV/AIDS, PrEP & More

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Are you a parent or caregiver of a young person ages 10-25? Attend this virtual session hosted by Lurie Children's Hospital to get tips on how to have meaningful conversations with kids, teens, and young adults about HIV/AIDS, PrEP, and sexual health.

Young people are always observing, listening, learning from you and from their world. There are so many little ways over the years that you connect and share messages about identities, bodies, and relationships. During this virtual event, you'll get
 real-life examples of adults and youth having quick meaningful conversations about navigating sexual health.

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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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VIRTUAL: Young & Restless

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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CANCELLED: Try-It Thursday: Hard Candy Design

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Join us for an online session of creating hard candy and discussing sweet stuff! Students in grades 4-8 are invited to discover their creative abilities that will build on calming the mind and body. Learn artistic techniques to help deal with school stressors and build on positive thinking. Young adults will engage with friends while sharing their creative and awe-inspiring visual designs with one another.

Supplies:
-Packet of Kool-Aid (any flavor!)
-Craft stick
-water

WHAT IS TRY IT THURSDAY?
Try It Thursday is a program for young adults (tweens) in grades 4-8. The activities offered are developmentally appropriate and build on a variety of skills (personal, artistic, scientific). Young adults get to meet and expand on social skills while continuing their use of and reverence for their community library.
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VIRTUAL: Medicare Educational Seminar

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Medicare can be confusing. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, and your potential out of pocket exposure, and learn about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): This Was Our Pact

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month's book:This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews.

Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival go, so they follow the river as far as they can until the only followers left are Ben and Nathaniel.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

Copies can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby. Need help getting started with ​Media on Demand (​Libby​)​? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library» 

Middle School Book Group is an open discussion as everyone goes around sharing their thoughts and opinions on the literature, which is geared toward their age group.

Please join us for any and all meetings:
October 9: Stamped by Jason Reynolds
November 20: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
December 11: This Was Our Pact (graphic novel) by Ryan Andrews
January 15: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise​ by Dan Gemeinhart
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VIRTUAL: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Join other English language learners to practice English and learn new vocabulary in an informal setting. Conversation Facilitators will lead the session with a variety of topics for conversation. Free and open to all English language learners.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar
View More

VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all December storytime classes.
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VIRTUAL: Jazz Vocalist Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown Present Travelin’ Tunes

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Enjoy a musical journey abroad with jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown. They will entertain you with Great American Songbook favorites including "Come Fly With Me," "Far Away Places," "When in Rome I Do as the Romans Do," "Caravan," " It Happened in Monterey,"  and more!

REGISTER IN ZOOM. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom.  After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar.


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VIRTUAL: Death Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to discuss death. Our objective is bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath, A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Death Cafes are always offered: on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: What's Cooking: 100 Cookies

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join fellow cooks to discuss two cookie books: 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer.

This book group meets four times a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL Library Buddies: Chat With Our Children's Services Team

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
We miss you, library friends! Because we don't get to talk at the desk anymore, come by our virtual desk in Zoom to get personal time with our Children's Services team. We can read you a story (or you can read to us), chat with a puppet, share some jokes, or show us your pets! Sessions are 10 minutes each.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. 
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VIRTUAL: Brown Bag: A Noel Killing

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
In A Noel Killing by M. L. Longworth, Antione Verlaque, magistrate for the town of Aix-en-Provence, does not like Christmas, especially the too early decorations, swarms of tourists, and the tacky trinkets being sold in town.  Just as the holiday begins, a man is poisoned, sending the town into a panic. The list of suspects is large, with the full church, vendors, and tourists in addition to the unhappy wife and disgruntled business partner. A great way to celebrate the season and find out 'who done it’!

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Make your lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories.

Copies can be downloaded through Hoopla.

Need help getting started with Hoopla? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

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