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.

WINTER 2022 SENIOR HEALTH PROGRAMS

Age Options Programs

Wits Workout
Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. / First-floor café
Join us at Wits Workout where you’ll 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. Register online for each session. Light refreshments will be provided.

Take and Makes for Seniors: Memory Books  /  Tuesday, Nov. 22
Twenty kits will be available on each date. Priority will be given to those that attend Wits Workout events. Any extra kits will be available after 12 p.m. on a first come, first served basis at the Customer Services desk on the first floor. Supplies for this program are partially funded by the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant.

Technology Programs for Seniors

Tech for the Golden Years
In-person classes, held in the Computer Training Lab on the second floor.
OLPL and Pathlights have joined forces and are offering a six-class technology instruction series specifically for adults ages 60+. We will accept six participants for this series, and encourage participants attend all sessions. A waitlist is available. Registration is required, and ends on March 16. To register, please contact Meghan Moran, Assistant Department Head of Customer Services, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630 or mmoran@olpl.org with questions.

(R) – Please register for each program online at cal.olpl.org.

Doc Talks with JenCare

Please join us for this series of doctor talks with JenCare. JenCare Senior Medical Center is a family-owned primary and specialty care practice committed to delivering superior healthcare to Medicare-eligible seniors with a location in Oak Lawn.

Fall Prevention
Friday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.

Holiday Blues
Monday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.

Kidney Health
Friday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.

Pain Management
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

Wits Workout with AgeOptions

Did you know that social connectedness and intellectual engagement are two factors that contribute to your brain’s health? Join us at Wits Workout where you’ll 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 designed for adults ages 60 and over. Light refreshments will be provided. Wits Workout is funded in part by the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant.

Savor the Seasons
Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m.

Stargazing
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

The Best Medicine
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

Take Charge of Your Health with AgeOptions

Take Charge of Your Health is a six-week interactive workshop designed for people with any ongoing health conditions and their caregivers. The course, originally developed at Stanford University, 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 class meets for 2.5 hours, including one break. A six-week commitment is required to participate in the workshop. Participants will be contacted prior to the workshop to verify enrollment. A privacy policy and liability waiver will need to be signed at the first class. For further questions, please contact Meghan Moran, Assistant Department Head of Customer Services, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630 or mmoran@olpl.org.

Information Session (R)
Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Learn more about the Take Charge of Your Health Workshop, beginning at OLPL on Jan. 17.

Take Charge of Your Health Workshop Sessions (R)
Tuesdays, Jan. 17, 24 & 31, Feb. 7, 14 & 21
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tech for the Golden Years (R) with Pathlights

This six-class technology instruction series for adults ages 60 and over will give you basic tools to help improve your computer skills. Topics include Computer Basics, Technology Troubleshooting and Online Security, Social Media and Socialization Tools, Better Aging through Technology and Online Library Offerings. We will have two groups this winter—a Wednesday group and a Thursday group. Up to ten participants will be accepted per group. To enhance the experience, we ask that participants be able to attend all six sessions of the series. A waitlist will also be available. To register or ask questions, please call Meghan Moran, Assistant Department Head of Customer Services, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630.

Wednesdays

Jan. 18 & 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursdays

Jan. 19 & 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

OLPL Film Club

The OLPL Film Club continues with in-person discussions! Here’s how it works:
1. Pick up a copy of the film of the month. We’ll have plenty of copies in multiple formats available at the Library.
2. Watch the movie at home on your own time.
3. Join us for a discussion at the Library in the Mary Nelson Room the second Tuesday of each month.

“Inside Llewelyn Davis” (2013)
Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
R. 104 mins.

“Where the Crawdad Sings” (2022)
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Movie Screening: 6 p.m.
Discussion: 8 p.m.
R. 125 mins.

“The Thing” (1982)
Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
R. 109 mins.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

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.