Meet Darcel: ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’

As the library’s Teen Services Specialist, Darcel Washington provides outreach and program support to kids in grades 6-12. Darcel joined the library last November, bringing more than 15 years of experience in creating innovative youth development programs. With the library, she works on youth programs such as Living History and Leading Edge, plus this month’s … Read more

We suggest: Disability reads

Child with hearing aide reading book

Each October, we recognize Health Literacy Month, a time to promote the importance of understandable health information. October is also a month chosen to highlight awareness of many disability communities, a time to call for acceptance of and advocacy for people who use communication aids to speak, have Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, … Read more

Coronavirus information

COVID-19

Public health updates 14-day travel quarantine list » Village of Oak Park » Illinois Department of Public Health » Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker administration (watch live or listen to audio only) We are in Phase 4 of the ‘Restore Illinois’ plan “Restore Illinois, A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State” » Illinois COVID-19 … Read more

October is Health Literacy Month

Because an informed community is a healthier community

Observed each October, Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of making health information easy to understand. Learn more at healthliteracymonth.org » Want to take charge of your health? Your public library can help you access trusted health information through online resources, books, virtual programs, and more. Want information about COVID-19? Check out Centers for Disease Control and … Read more

Titles to help you prioritize self-care

Relaxing bath tub scene

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Did you know that September is self-care month? No? Neither did we, but what a time to find out! Self-care is simply taking the time and making decisions that prioritize wellness and happiness. It’s about relaxation, mindfulness, and taking steps to reduce stress. Self-care looks different for everyone. If you’ve … Read more

‘Take a deep breath,’ ‘figure out how to grieve’: Virtual health & wellness with your library

Woman meditating outside

As this uncertain and difficult year goes on, we know our community’s need for health and wellness support is only increasing. Library programs focused on health and wellness—Midday Meditation, Grief Journaling, and more—offer opportunities for community members to carve out time and space for their mental and physical health. “Since March, much of our programming … 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

Creating calm for children in uncertain times

Caregiver and child playing with toy train

Reposted from Thrive Counseling Center and Senior Therapists Cicely Johnson, Kristen Keleher, and Angie Kauffmann  As the world spins in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our daily lives have altered in previously unimaginable ways. Cancelled events and flights, remote learning in schools, and closed businesses are now the norm. If we’re feeling anxious, it’s likely our children are, too. How can we minimize their anxiety amid such uncertainty?   At Thrive Counseling … Read more

Fostering quality of life, aging in place

Becoming a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ We know aging in place is a community aspiration. That’s why, last October, the library joined the Village of Oak Park, the Oak Park Township, and the Park District of Oak Park in the effort to become a designated “Dementia Friendly Community” by the nonprofit organization Dementia Friendly America. A dementia-friendly … Read more

Mental health: Reaching people where they are

Free-Mental-Health-Assessments

Thanks to a unique partnership with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, people without adequate health care coverage have been receiving confidential mental health assessments from a licensed clinical psychologist at the Main Library since last fall. “Rush University Medical Center is recognizing that our library is where people are coming every day,” says the … Read more

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