Idea Box: Pride

Through Tuesday, July 13, Main Library 

Celebrate Pride Month with an Idea Box window display. Learn about the Pride flag and its evolving design representative of people’s different identities, test trivia knowledge with Kahoot and explore book recommendations. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Self-guided Tour 

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays through Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cheney Mansion 

Tour the local historic home and lush gardens. Optional $2 donation or non-perishable food item supports Beyond Hunger. 230 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

School Supply Collection

Weekdays through Aug. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oak Park Township Office

Donate to students in need so they are prepared for the 2021-2022 school year. New supplies, such as paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers and folders, are accepted in a donation box at the Township Office. Or order and ship from an Amazon wish list: Coordinated by Youth Services. Questions: 708-445-2727, 105 S. Oak Park Ave.

Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Caregiver Support 

Wednesday, June 30, 4 to 5 p.m., Zoom with Oak Park Public Library 

“Dementia 101” is an introduction to Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Learn about risk factors, common symptoms and available resources. Q&A follows. Presented by dementia experts at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. (Este evento se ofrecerá en español el 14 de julio, 10-11 a.m.) Register:

Thursday Night Out 

Through Sept. 9, 5 to 8 p.m., Downtown Oak Park (DTOP)

More than twenty restaurants offer a variety of drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts, available through ticket purchases and special menus. Diners may eat inside, take carry out, or dine al fresco. four dine-around tickets per $20 booklet. Each dine-around ticket buys one Thursday Night Out (TNO) menu item. Buy two ticket booklets, receive a $5 DTOP gift certificate for participating shops on any TNO. Booklets available at the tent on Lake and Marion. 

Storytimes in the Park

Wednesdays through Aug. 18, 10 to 10:30 a.m., Various Oak Park Parks

The Oak Park Public Library is partnering with the Park District of Oak Park to bring books, songs and more to neighborhoods this summer. For families with kids 0-5. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own blanket and hand sanitizer. Limited to 12 families, with masks. Weather permitting. More:

June 30 – Euclid Square Park, 705 W. Fillmore

July 7 – Lindberg Park, 1151 N. Marion St.

July 14 – Taylor Park, 400 W. Division St.

Reading Colors Your World

Sign up and start now, with the Oak Park Public Library 

Kids ages 3 through rising ninth graders can participate in the summer reading program that’s about rediscovering joy in reading and learning. The goal is to find joy everywhere – in books, in mind and body, in art, in music, in science and nature, and in the world. There are prizes and beads for completing categories. Track participation through Beanstack. Younger children can join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Sign up/more:

Outdoor Storytime 

Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 19, 10 to 10:30 a.m., River Forest Public Library

Come to the front garden for a socially-distanced story time for children, birth to age 5. No registration required. Weather permitting. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Story Garden

Mondays through Aug. 15, River Forest Public Library

Visit the front garden anytime for a self-guided story tour. New books are put out Monday mornings. All ages. 735 Lathrop Ave.

Tie Dye

Friday, July 2, 2 to 4 p.m., PM, River Forest Public Library 

Bring a clothing item to tie dye and learn tips on how to make the best designs with the vibrant colors provided. Held outside, weather permitting. All ages. Register for a 30-minute slot: 735 Lathrop Ave.

Fit/Lit Challenge

Through Saturday, Sept. 4, Zoom, Discord Channel and various sites with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Here is a way to combine physical fitness with reading this summer. Join weekly socially-distanced outings to places like the Eugene Field Memorial in the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Gwendolyn Brooks statue in Brooks Park. Let others know about your own outings (and invite others if you feel comfortable). Once, every other week, typically Sunday evenings, join Zoom sessions to talk about what’s been seen and read. Free; donation optional. More/register:

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