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

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

Transgender spelled out on cubes

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott It’s Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year during the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), a day set aside to recognize each life lost during the year to … Read more

We suggest: Transgender Awareness Week

Trans flag butterfly

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the lives and legacies of trans people, the pioneers and the everyday neighbors, who have passed away, most often through violence. A notable and sudden passing this year was Monica Roberts, a Black trans woman who was better known … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Fun with sounds

Miss Shelley reading a book

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Miss Jenny and I both love building fun sounds into our storytimes and our videos. Sounds, especially unexpected ones, get and keep everyone’s interest and attention. Will your preschooler understand you if you give them directions using inflections and gestures but only mooing? Yes, probably! And they might even focus … Read more

Our approach to put people & safety first

Main Library entrance

As we share information about COVID-19, here’s information about how your public library is continuing to serve you during this pandemic. Questions? Contact us now and call 708.383.8200. For crisis resources and support, contact the library’s Social Services and Public Safety team. Now: Digital & virtual services only To help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and … Read more

Coronavirus information


Buildings closed; digital library, virtual-only service until December 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 … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Math

Mr. Luis and Honor

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Math. Did you just shudder? Or grin? Most people have a strong reaction to math, one way or the other.  When I was growing up, one of my absolute must see shows was Square One TV on PBS. I was definitely a book person over a math person, but I … Read more

Tech Tips: Installing apps on iPhone & Android

Man using smartphone

By Rose Barnes, Adult Digital Learning Librarian Smartphones have changed the way we communicate and interact with the world around us. Beyond acting as a telephone, smartphones allow us to have instant access to quick and useful tools called apps. What are apps for? Simply put, an app is a type of software that allows … 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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