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Tapestry of Oak Park Condominiums
It's the summer of 1914, and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England, is about to take an interesting turn as the shadow of the Great War looms ever closer to home. Enjoy a discussion of best-selling author Helen Simonson's historical novel, The Summer Before the War, led by Linda Ivy Miller. This book is full of the same wit, romance, and insight into the manners and morals of small-town British life as the author's beloved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
This event is part of our World War I and America program at the library this October and November. This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
Your Child's Brilliant Brain: A Two-Part Parent Workshop with Stefanie Frank
- Session 1: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7-8:30 pm
- Session 2: Tuesday, Oct 17, 7-8:30 pm
Whether you are a parent, teacher or leader, in this workshop, you'll learn how to cultivate conditions that can unleash the next generation's brilliance. We'll be looking at the brain science behind how adversity and toxic stress, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), affect learning and executive functioning, as well as how empathy, connection, and self-expression are "neurobiological imperatives" for brain growth and maturity, for babies to teens. Register for one or both sessions.
Stefanie Frank is a psychologist specializing in neuroscience and child and adolescent development. She trained at the New York University Institute of Prevention Science, Child Study Center, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Education and Rehabilitation Center (CERC), where she designed and facilitated social and emotional skills training interventions for toddlers, pre-K students, and parents. Her work focuses on the cross-section of neuroscience, mindfulness, and social-emotional development to help people uncover the mind's natural ability to manifest highly desirable outcomes in all aspects of life.
What kind of community do you want to live in?
You are invited to share your aspirations for your community of Oak Park. Executive Director David J. Seleb will moderate five Harwood Community Conversations, which are open to everyone, at the library this fall on:
- Monday, September 18, 6–7:30 pm, in the Main Library Small Meeting Room. RSVP now >
- Wednesday, October 18, 12–1:30 pm, at Maze Branch. RSVP now >
- Thursday, October 19, 12–1:30 pm, at Dole Branch. RSVP now >
- Saturday, November 4, 10-11:30 am, in the Main Library Small Meeting Room. RSVP now >
- Thursday, November 9, 6–7:30 pm, in the Main Library Community Engagement Space. RSVP now >
Why is the library doing this?
The goal of these 90-minute "kitchen-table conversations" is to gain public knowledge about community aspirations using a time-tested discussion guide. Join a group of 10-15 of your fellow community members, where all can come together to talk about community and how best to move that community forward.
“A community conversation is an opportunity to talk about what matters most to you—your aspirations—and about a shared vision of the future,” Seleb said.
To learn more or to host an on-site conversation with your community organization, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please register to help us plan ahead for this event. We look forward to hearing your aspirations for Oak Park!