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

Sharing Your Family History

The holidays are just around the corner and this is a perfect time to get family members, especially the youngest ones, interested in your family history.  What's a good way to do this?  Come to the library and use library edition for free. (Copies are ten cents per page.).  Find one of your families in a U.S. census, particularly a census which includes information about citizenship, year of immigration (if foreign-born), and occupation.  Look for family members on ship passenger lists; you may be amazed to know not only how young they were at the time but also that they had a whole five dollars in their pockets!! You might also wish to find a family member such as great grandfather who registered for the World War I and print out his draft card. What next?  Bring your copies over the Computer Lab and laminate them for ten cents a page. Laminated copies are much easier to pass around.  It's a great idea to get the young members of your family interested in their history and the history of their country.

Created by Kathy O'Leary on Sep 14th, 2017 @ 2:37 PM.
Updated on Sep 14th, 2017 @ 3:11 PM.