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.

SENIOR HEALTH PROGRAMS

Aurora-Advocate Programs

These are hybrid programs. Registration is required for in-person attendance. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch live via our YouTube channel.

Well-Woman Exams: Importance, Benefits and What to Expect
Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by OB-GYN Dr. Kristin Briscoe.

Sleep Apnea? Don’t Like the C-PAP Machine? Discover the Latest Options with Advocate Aurora Health
Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Muhamad Amine.

Shoulder Pain: Don’t Shrug It Off!
Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aimee Bobko.

Time is Brain: We Have to BE FAST in Treating Stroke
Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Khaled Asi.

Breast Cancer: Is it in Our Genes?
Monday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Jessica

Age Options Programs

Wits Workout
Tuesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. / First-floor café
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 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: Keepsake Boxes  /  Tuesday, Sept. 27
Take and Makes for Seniors: Memory Jars  /  Tuesday, Oct. 25
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.

Hibernian Home Care Programs

Please join OLPL and Mary Murphy, RN, Agency Manager of Hibernian Home Care, to learn about a variety of health related topics. All programs will be in the library’s café on the first floor and streaming online via YouTube.

Osteoarthritis (OA) and Gout
Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

High Blood Pressure and Stroke Prevention
Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Lifestyle Changes for Disease Prevention
Monday, Sept. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Screening and Value of Early Detection in Cancer
Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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.

  • Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21 & 28, Oct. 5, 12 & 19 / 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Sept. 15, 22 & 29, Oct. 6, 13 & 20 / 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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.