OLPL will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov 26 for Thanksgiving.

Community Involvement

The Library partners with many Oak Lawn organizations and institutions to help provide resources and services to our patrons, including the Village, the park district, local schools, churches, senior centers, hospitals, shelters, food pantries and social service organizations. These important partnerships enrich our community by extending our outreach and services beyond books and materials. To learn more about our partnership members, please scroll down below the Summer Programs listings.

HEALTH PROGRAMS

Oak Lawn Community Partnership

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: olcp@oaklawn-il.gov. To access more member information, or view current flyers and programs click here.


Members

PATHLIGHTS
http://www.pathlights.org/
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
https://beds-plus.org/
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
https://www.oaklawn-il.gov/departments/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
https://pillarscommunityhealth.org/
Pillars Community Health is a nonprofit provider of health, educational and social services.

Oak Lawn Park District
www.olparks.com
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 www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2225 for more information.

Almost Home
http://www.almosthomechicago.org/
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
https://www.courageprogram.org/couragehome/index.html
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
https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/
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.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Friends Book Discussion Group

Please join the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library book discussion groups on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 1-3pm in the Mary Nelson Room.

Nov. 24: “Duty” by Bob Greene
https://cal.olpl.org/event/8318195

Dec. 8:  “The Gift of the Magi” by 0. Henry
https://cal.olpl.org/event/8318201

Dec. 22: “The Good Lie” by Tom Rosenstiel
https://cal.olpl.org/event/8318205

Genealogy Lock-in

Friday, Dec. 3, 6-8:30pm
Please join us in the Computer Center for a genealogy lock-in. This is a special, after-hours event. Librarians will assist patrons in their genealogy searches. Printing & scanning are available. Pre-registration required, 25 seats available. Registration from Nov. 12-28. REGISTER HERE.

After-Hours Holiday Make and Take Craft Night

Friday, Dec. 10, Doors open at 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm
Enjoy an after-hours evening with expert-crafter Holly Dean and learn how to create a decorative winter terrarium. Use it as a display for the season or give it as a homemade gift to a loved one! All supplies provided. Because space is limited, call or visit the Adult Services Desk from Nov. 29-Dec. 3 to enter your name (and a plus one) in the lottery. Winners will be notified no later than Monday, Dec. 6.

Trivia Night – Winter Holidays (Virtual only)

Friday, Dec. 17, 6:30pm
Grab your family, your favorite beverage and hop online to join us for virtual trivia with a winter holiday theme. Smart device needed to play. Join the Google Meet at meet.google.com/nim-itvy-duu.

Chair Yoga and Meditation (In-Person or Virtual)

Wednesday, Dec. 1 & 15, Jan. 5 & 19, Feb. 2 & 16, 6pm
Join instructor Isabel Raci, C-IAYT, online for a gentle session of guided meditation and chair yoga. Have a sturdy, armless chair ready and wear comfortable clothes with no socks. Registration required. Program link will be emailed to registrants. Because this is a quiet, reflective class, we ask that you join by 6:05pm to be admitted.

A Crash Course in Crystal and Stone Healing

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7pm
Grounded Goodwife mother/daughter duo Ehris and Velya will rock your world with a lesson on healing stones. Learn how to cleanse, charge and set intentions for your stones, healing properties of specific crystals, and how to determine which crystals and stones speak to you. Registration required to receive the meeting link by email.

Financial Aid 101 (Virtual only)

Thursday, Jan. 27, 7pm
Parents and high school students: get all of the basics on financial aid that you need to know. Presented by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Join the Google Meet at meet.google.com/aqe-ucbq-viq.

Home Buyer’s Seminar (Virtual only)

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7pm
Buying a home is an overwhelming process. Let realtors from the Molly Mann Group of Keller Williams break it down for you so you can make that big purchase with confidence.

Restoring Our Environment (In-Person or Virtual) with Native Plants

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7pm
Speakers from the Sag Moraine Native Plant Community will talk about why native plants are the key to protecting our environment and food chain. You’ll also learn how you can use native plants in your own landscape to help make a big impact on our local ecosystem.

“The Essential Six” Estate Planning Basics (In-Person or Virtual)

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7pm
The Law Offices of Eileen Kerlin Walsh present on the six things you need for a basic estate plan. Learn how to put together your last will and testament, trusts, powers of attorney, end of life instructions and ethical will/legacy letter.