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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.

You can now watch recorded Zoom presentations of our Community Health programs! This list will grow as we make the videos available:

Brain Health, Anxiety, and Depression
Tuesday, April 27, 2021


All programs are virtual / Zoom. Registration is required and is limited to 100 participants. Program link will be emailed to registrants the day of the program. To register, click the link after each program listing. For questions, please contact Meghan Moran, Resource Sharing Librarian, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630 or

Saturday, July 10, 10:30am-2:30pm
Versiti Blood Bus / OLPL Cook Avenue parking area
Appointments encouraged / Walk-ins welcome

OLPL is sponsoring a community blood drive, administered at the Versiti Blood Bus. Please drink extra water and eat a healthy meal prior to donating. Photo ID needed. If you’ve received the vaccination, you must wait 48 hours later to donate blood. Sign up at by calling 1-800-7TO-GIVE.


All programs are presented by Maureen A. Rafa, BS, RNBC, PMHBC, Elder Care Coordinator at the Law Offices of Stephen Sutera. Maureen is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse currently working as an Elder Care Coordinator for the Law Offices of Stephen Sutera, P.C., an Elder Law Attorney. Experienced in mental health, geriatrics, managed care, home health and hospice, Maureen helps clients navigate health care and aging in place by connecting clients with equipment and services for their home or assisting with the transition to senior living facilities.

Advance Planning is Crucial
for Successful Aging

Thursday, June 17, 2pm

Do you ever wonder who will make decisions for you when you’re no longer able? Learn why it’s important to pick the right agents to speak for you and honor your wishes. It needs to be someone you trust and who will advocate for you with medical professionals and family. Join Maureen A. Rafa, BS, RNBC, PMHBC to find out more. REGISTER AT:

Understanding Behaviors in Dementia

Wednesday, July 7, 2pm

Join a discussion of specific but common behaviors and approaches to handle them when caring for loved ones with dementia. Includes ten tips on how to communicate with loved ones and help defuse them. Practical strategies and resources for caregivers will be offered including the Caregivers Bill of Rights. REGISTER AT:

What’s Your Stress Meter?
Anxiety and Stress Management

Wednesday, August 11, 11am

Join a discussion about different types of anxiety and the impact of prolonged stress that leads to anxiety. Learn some treatments and coping strategies including a relaxation exercise and a couple of mindful exercises. REGISTER AT:


Heartburn/GERD – Update on treatments
for this common condition

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30pm

Join Dr. Marc Mesleh, general surgeon with a specialty in hepatobiliary surgery from Advocate Medical Group, to learn about updated treatments for Heartburn/GERD. Dr. Mesleh will cover a basic understanding of what causes heartburn, why heartburn can be a serious condition if untreated and surgical options to treat heartburn. REGISTER AT:

Preventing Colon Cancer –
Everything You Need to Know

Thursday, July 8, 6:30pm

Join Dr. Imad Elkhatib, gastroenterologist with GI Associates of Illinois, to learn about preventing colon cancer. Dr. Elkhatib will cover the biology, signs and symptoms of colon cancer; the risk factors for colon cancer; and how to prevent colon cancer including an update on all available screening tests. REGISTER AT:


The National Aging in Place Council – Chicagoland chapter’s mission is to educate and empower seniors and their families in the Chicagoland area to live safely, independently and comfortably in the home of their choice for as long as they choose. 

The Emerging Importance
of Aging in Place

Monday, June 7, 4pm

This presentation will provide a summary of the “Age in Place” lifestyle that is designing the future of how older adults intend on living. An overview of home modifications will be covered, all of which are designed to create safe, accessible and beautiful homes for independent living and assisted living. REGISTER AT:

Your Health Plan to Age In Place

Monday, June 21, 6pm

This presentation will provide an overview of the essential steps for in-home personal care and companion care services. It will also cover the importance of Patient Advocacy along with a Care Management Plan for successful aging in place for you and your family. REGISTER AT:

Legal and Financial Planning
for Aging in Place

Tuesday, July 6, 4pm

Are you prepared for emergencies? Does your family know what you want? Are your assets protected? Many people believe that having an estate plan simply means drafting a will or trust. However, there is much more about the legal and financial aspects to aging. REGISTER AT:

Transitioning to Senior Living

Tuesday, July 20, 6pm

Explore how to transition you, your household treasures, and your home with a trusted team approach. REGISTER AT:

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: 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.