This fall, a librarian, Ian, from the Oak Park Public Library visited a local block party with the library’s Book Bike. There, Ian met Liz C., who had a request. 

Liz needed suggestions for books she could read out loud with her high school students, “most of whom are reluctant readers at best.” As she later recounted, “after talking [with Ian] for a few minutes, we parted ways. About ten minutes later, he approached me again with a full sheet of recommendations and resources offered by our amazing Oak Park library system. I was so touched and encouraged by his help that I just had to share. It was so amazing not to feel so alone in my classroom—it really does take a village.”

Liz’s story highlights what library service is all about: bringing materials, resources, and services to people where they live, work, and play; encouraging reading and learning in a personalized way; and recognizing that we’re all in this together. 

Her story also highlights the impact of giving to the library. Our Book Bike was funded by generous donations to the library’s Fallon Family Fund, an endowment fund dedicated to projects and resources for all of our community’s families and children. In 2019, we visited 94 block parties, pop-up storytimes in parks, food pantry sites, schools, and more.

We are grateful for the daily opportunities we have to serve all of Oak Park, and to build community. To learn more about giving to your library, visit

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