Community Members,

To keep our patrons and employees out of harm’s way, the Library will not be open for regular business until at least Wednesday, April 8. Of course this timeline is subject to change based on the latest recommendations from health professionals. By preventing people from gathering together, we can slow-down the spread of this dangerous virus.

The Library has stopped charging for overdue materials and we will waive existing fines. Due dates for checked-out items will adjust with our closure dates. For your safety and ours, please do not return materials while we are closed.

Though the building is not accessible for now, the Library still provides a number of resources you can use from home. Staff members are adding updates to our website and Facebook page on a daily basis. You may download e-books and audiobooks; stream movies, television shows and music; read digital newspapers and magazines; and participate in online classes. Explore the website for more information about virtual opportunities and be sure to check-out the Library’s Local History page. There are all kinds of great images and descriptions about Oak Lawn’s past.

We are now looking at ways to provide limited remote services to patrons. Be sure to stay connected through our website and our social media outlets for updates. And please, please, please continue to take all necessary precautions.

We hope to see you back at the Library very soon,
Jim Deiters, Director

Evaluating Charities


Before you gave to a charity, you might wish to check it out. There are two excellent sites with information about thousands of charities. Make sure your money goes where it can be used wisely.

Charity Watch
https://www.charitywatch.org/home
CharityWatch, founded 25 years ago as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), is America's most independent, assertive charity watchdog. CharityWatch does not merely repeat what a charity reports using simplistic or automated formulas. We dive deep to let you know how efficiently a charity will use your donation to fund the programs you want to support. CharityWatch exposes nonprofit abuses and advocates for your interests as a donor.


Charity Navigator
https://www.charitynavigator.org/
This organization has been in business for 15 years and rates over 9000 charities.
There is a lot of information on this site including a long list of tips for donors.

The Federal Trade Commission has an article entitled Before Giving to a Charity.
The article is posted at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity


Created by Kathy O'Leary on Nov 14th, 2017 @ 2:09 PM.
Updated on Nov 14th, 2017 @ 2:11 PM.