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Queerios

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Come Craft with us! Along with preparing for the Parade, we will be decorating masks, making buttons, and anything else your creative hearts desire.

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is a new LGBTQ+ positive group that meets at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. Our goal is to provide a space for tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to get together, discuss different issues, share their favorite books, sponsor and provide support for activism, plan outings, and more.


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1969 Film Series: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? stars Jane Fonda as a participant in a grueling Depression-era dance marathon, 120 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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The No Shush Salon Presents: Carlos Hernandez & CSE Cooney

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

This month is a DOUBLE FEATURE! Two amazing writers who live in New York will be Rockin' the No Shush Salon Podium!

C.S.E. Cooney lives and writes in the Borough of Queens. She is an audiobook narrator, the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine, a Rhysling Award-winning poet, and the author of World Fantasy Award-winning Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015). Her recent short fiction can be found in Sword and Sonnet, an anthology of battle poets, and in Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Carlos Hernandez is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria (Rosarium 2016) and most recently, as part of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint of Disney Hyperion, the novel Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (2019). By day, Carlos is an associate professor of English at the City University of New York, with appointments at BMCC and the Graduate Center, and a game designer and enthusiast. Catch him on Twitter @writeteachplay.


After our featured readers, we will have 10 minutes for anyone who wants to present their latest creative endeavor. Treats to share are awesome, but we will provide munchies. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!

The No Shush Salon is a monthly Open Mic for all creative types who want to share their works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. We often begin with a featured performer/reader, or we have a theme. No registration required; just drop in and share your talents!

Can't make it? Follow us through our blog: noshushsalon.blogspot.com and like us on Facebook: No Shush Salon

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Queerios - 4th of July Parade

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maze Branch
The Queerios will be joining the Oak Park Public Library in the Fourth of July Parade!

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is a new LGBTQ+ positive group that meets at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. Our goal is to provide a space for tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to get together, discuss different issues, share their favorite books, sponsor and provide support for activism, plan outings, and more.


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Art Reception: Alex Valasquez Brightbill

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

Alex Velazquez Brightbill is a Mexican artist who immigrated to Chicago at the age of ten. She earned a BFA from the Northeastern IllinoisUniversity and has shown at numerous galleries and curated art shows and cultural events.

When Alex started volunteering at a cat shelter (St Sophia’s Forgotten Felines), she remembered how much she loved cats.  In her studio one day she started painting from a picture I had taken of Yoshi, a Maine Coon kitty, and had so much fun! That’s when she decided to create a series of paintings of these cats and perhaps help them find a home. Fore more information, see alexvelazquezart.com.

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