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

Reading Programs

OLPL has a few different reading programs for patrons to participate in throughout the year. All reading programs are tracked through a website called Beanstack. Check out our programs below or stop by one service desks for more information.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading to your babies, toddlers and preschoolers is the best way to prepare them to become good readers when they get to school. To help you do that, OLPL has joined the national initiative 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program makes reading together easy and fun. All children who are not yet in kindergarten are eligible. Stop by the Youth Services desk to pick up your first reading log and a bookmark with recommendations to get you started. Children love to hear the same stories over and over, and doing so is good for them, so if you read the same book more than once, you count it on the log each time. Books your children hear at story times, Grandma's house or preschool all count towards their total. Your children will earn a special character sticker for every 100 books logged, and when they reach 1000 books, they will pick a free book to take home. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program, and takes some time to complete. While doing so, you and your child will be establishing the habit of reading, building pre-reading skills, and forming precious memories of time spent together with a book.


Teens Read 4 Pizza

Read books and get free pizza! Read at least 4 nominees for the 2021 Teen Readers' Choice Award by March to receive a free personal pan pizza from Lou Malnati’s. Keep reading and write reviews for more prizes like signed books and more. Open to teens in grades 9-12 (class of 2021-2024). Sign up at olpl.beanstack.org and click here to view a list of titles.


Spring Into Reading

Win badges for logging reading days, completing activities, and writing reviews! Between March 15th and May 15th, patrons of all ages can participate in this program on Beanstack - it's 100% virtual olpl.beanstack.org .


Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program runs from June 1st to August 1st each year, and offers many exciting programs for a variety of ages. Stop by the library any time after June 1 and pick up a log or pre-register at olpl.beanstack.org .


Winter Reading Program

Our Winter Reading Program runs from January 1st to February 28th each year for adults and teens. 100% virtual olpl.beanstack.org .

Created by Natalie DeJonghe on Jul 20th, 2018 @ 4:38 PM.
Updated on Mar 23rd, 2020 @ 2:31 PM.