Community Partnerships & Involvement

OLPL partners with many Oak Lawn social service and health organizations to provide resources and services to our patrons. These important partnerships enrich our community by extending our outreach and services beyond books and materials.

Downloadable Calendars

Seniors can download and print a monthly calendar of health and wellness events. Note that the colored calendar dates are programs that require REGISTRATION.

Download a printable calendar of MAY Senior health programs HERE

Download a printable calendar of JUNE Senior health programs HERE

(R) – Please register for each program online at

Around the Library

As information professionals, we help people find accurate, relevant and timely information for their specific needs—including health. While we are not health experts, we maintain awareness of issues affecting health locally and work with community partners on discussions, activities and programs that address these challenges. We collaborate with Oak Lawn Chamber members, local business and health advocates to share conversation, strategies, policy and resources to build an informed community.

New Collection: Chromebooks and Memory Kits

AgeOptions awarded the library a grant to purchase materials and host programs related to technology training and reducing social isolation for adults ages 60 and over. We purchased two new types of materials for this purpose:

  • Memory Kits
  • There are five kits, each with different materials to support those experiencing dementia and their caregivers. Each kit includes games, DVDs, CDs, books and resources.
  • The five themes are The Great Outdoors, In the Garden, Activity Night, Food for Thought and The Golden Oldies.
  • Chromebook Kits
  • Five kits include a Chromebook and mouse.
  • Five include a Chromebook, mouse and Wi-Fi hotspot

All kits are available for checkout and to be placed on hold by Oak Lawn Library cardholders ages 60 and over. The items may be checked out for three weeks and are not renewable. Please come check one out today!


(R) – Please register for each program online at

Take Charge of Your Health with AgeOptions (R)

Tuesdays, Jun. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Jul. 11 & 18 from 9:30 a.m.-noon in Meeting Room C
PLEASE NOTE: A six-week commitment is required for this series.

This six-week interactive workshop, originally developed at Stanford University for people with ongoing health conditions and their caregivers, provides skills and tools to help you make meaningful and lasting changes to your health. Topics include nutrition and healthy eating habits, physical activity, pain and stress management, problem solving and more. Each two and a half hour class includes a break. A six-week commitment is required. We will contact registrants prior to the workshop to verify enrollment. A minimum of 12 people must enroll in order for the workshop to move forward. Participants must sign a privacy policy and liability waiver at the first class. For further questions, please contact Meghan Moran, assistant department head of customer services, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630 or

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group

Mondays, Jun. 12, Jul. 10 & Aug. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Café
An opportunity for family members, friends and caregivers to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a safe environment with others going through similar things. No registration required. Please drop in. Facilitated by Mary Murphy, RN, BSN, CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner) of Hibernian Home Care.

Who’s Got Game? (R)

Tuesdays, Jun. 13 & 20, Jul. 11 & 18, Aug. 8 & 15 from 10-11 a.m. in the Café
Join us for fun and games at this senior social hour! Registered attendees will be entered to win a small goodie bag at the end of each month. Light refreshments will be served. Games may vary. Supplies for this program are partially funded via the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant. Sponsored in part by JenCare.

Programs with Advocate Health (R)

These hybrid programs will also stream online at the OLPL YouTube page.

Shoulder Talk with Dr. James Leonard
Monday, Jun. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Café

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart with Mary Gregory, RD
Thursday, Jul. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Café

Sports Medicine Talk with Dr. James Leonard
Monday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Café

Gout: An Old Disease with New Perspectives with Dr. Veena Nayak
Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Café

Yoga for Adults Ages 60 and Over (R)
Wednesdays, Jun. 21, Jul. 26 & Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Café
Yoga teacher Nancy McGourty leads this fun and engaging beginner’s yoga class. Please bring your own mat, if possible. Limited to 10 registrants. This program is funded by the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant.

Communication Strategies for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias with Pathlights (R)

Thursday, Jun. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Café and virtually via Zoom
Patricia McClure-Chessier, award-winning author of “Losing a Hero to Alzheimer’s: The Story of Pearl” and “A Caregiver’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Nine Key Principles,” shares communication strategies she learned caring for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Wits Workout (R)
Tuesdays, Jun. 27, Jul. 25 & Aug. 29 from 10-11 a.m. in the Café
Engage in interactive puzzles and games and learn what you can do in your daily life to keep your brain healthy! The program, developed by the University of Illinois Extension, is funded in part by the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant. Light refreshments will be provided.

What’s Your Beat? with Northwestern Medicine (R)
Thursday, Jul. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Café
Explore how different tempos and genres of music affect our health: from our hearts to exercise performance to decreasing depression symptoms. Taught by a Northwestern Medicine exercise physiologist who is also a classically trained piano teacher.

AARP Smart Driver Course (R)
Wednesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Café
Review driving skills and techniques, and learn strategies and tips to help you adjust to normal age-related changes that may affect driving ability. Participants will receive AARP’s 2022 edition of the “Smart Driver Guidebook.” Attendance at both days is required to receive a certificate of completion. The fee for the course is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Fees must be paid to the instructor as cash or check payable to AARP at the start of the course. Please bring your driver’s license and AARP card with you (if applicable). Limited to 20 registrants.


OLPL is a community partner with all district schools, social services organizations, hospitals and senior centers. We stay connected through monthly meetings and help spread the word throughout the community about valuable community resources. The mission of the Oak Lawn Community Partnership is to work together to build a healthier, safer and stronger community through a cooperative alliance between all the vibrant leadership within Oak Lawn, and to stimulate all Oak Lawn citizens to take an active and responsible role in accomplishing our goals. The Oak Lawn Community Partnership meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 AM in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Village of Oak Lawn Municipal Center. For information email: To access more member information, or view current flyers and programs click here.


Since 1975, Pathlights (formerly PLOWS Council on Aging) has been helping guide adults 60 years of age and over, adults with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends along their best path to aging – providing resources, advocacy, programs and services needed to live with independence and dignity in the community. Serving the communities that comprise Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships, Pathlights helps more than 16,000 people each year.

BEDS Plus helps vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Primary services include Prevention and Stabilization, Emergency Services, Supportive Housing and Wraparound Services.

Oak Lawn Senior Center
The Oak Lawn Senior Center provides specialized programming and events for seniors in Oak Lawn. The center also provides a Senior/Handicapped Bus Service for local transportation to the center or to daily activities.

Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is a nonprofit provider of health, educational and social services.

Oak Lawn Park District
Oak Lawn Park District’s mission is to promote a strong sense of community by providing leisure opportunities and the preservation of natural resources that enhances the quality of life and wellness for everyone. We offer year-round recreation and leisure services for all ages and abilities to enjoy – whether it is at our Centennial Aquatics Center, Central Pool, Community Pavilion, Ice Arena, Oak View Center, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets or one of our 22 parks. Visit or call 708-857-2225 for more information.

Almost Home
Almost Home is committed to helping single parents, victims of domestic violence, families and individuals experiencing true and significant financial hardship and the homeless. Programs include Community Blessings Boxes, Pending Meal Programs, Shelter Haircuts and the Traveling Store, Overdose Prevention Drug Outreach and Training, Lunches with Love, and Loaves and Fishes. Their service area encompasses Alsip, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn and Worth.

COURAGE provides resources to assist women through pregnancies and single-parenting. The ultimate goal of COURAGE is to launch health families through education, mentoring and counseling.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food throughout Chicagoland through partner agencies and programs. Popular programs include children’s and school programs, older adult programs, job training and benefits outreach.