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Frankenstein Fall: A Mary Shelley Presentation

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

The Oak Park Library is excited to host Stephanie Shaw as our speaker about the life of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus. Stephanie Shaw is a Professor of Instruction in the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches Solo Performance, Directing and Scene Study among other subjects. She received her MFA from Columbia College’s Creative Writing Department and is the published author of two novellas; “Mademoiselle Guignol,” a theatrical romance with blood, is available in the Tattered Souls 2 anthology, by Cutting Block Press, and “Afterbirth” in the anthology Interfictions 2 by Small Beer Press.  As a solo performance artist she has performed her original monologues in venues across Chicago and the Midwest, as well as The New York Fringe Festival and The New York Estrogenuis Festival.  She is a founding member of the solo performance ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl, and an alumni of The Neo-Futurists, where she wrote, directed and performed regularly for four years in the long running late night hit, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. As an actor she has appeared in numerous Chicago area theatres such as Live Bait, Stage Left, Lifeline, The Body Politic, Oak Park Festival Theatre and The Royal George; as well as writing as a theatre critic for The Chicago Reader.  She has directed shows for Live Bait, The Neo-Futurarium, The New York Fringe, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. She is also a former Oak Park resident.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. It was first published in 1818, and Frankenstein Fall, an Oak Park Public Library event series, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of this pivotal tome. 

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Art Reception: Kathy Hirsh, Jill Kramer, Ann Primack & Sue Nadis

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Enjoy a variety of art styles and media from four local women artists. Meet Kathy Hirsh, Jill Kramer, Sue Nadis and Ann Primack at a reception which is free and open to the public.  The exhibit continues through Monday, Oct 29.
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P.R.O.U.D. Thursdays

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Event Space
P.R.O.U.D (Purposefully Reaching Our Unique Dreams) Thursdays is a bi-weekly "creative exploration" workshop and open mic series for ages 13-25.

Each week will feature different local community artists including poets, authors, musicians, and community organizers.

Come early to get your name on the Open Mic performance list. Sign up at the second floor service desk.
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The No Shush Salon Presents: 5 Glorious Years

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

We're having a PARTY in celebration of the 5 glorious years that The No Shush Salon has been running! We will, of course, still have an Open Mic.

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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Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Poet José Olivarez

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Join us and poet, educator, and artist José Olivarez as we recognize former head librarian Ms. Ballinger and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.  Books will be available for signing and sale from The Book Table.


Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival, and his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and Hyperallergic, among other places. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, from Haymarket Books is out now.


Olivarez is a master teaching artist and the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago. He teaches and writes curriculum for Young Chicago Authors. He has also led writing workshops and diversity trainings for institutions such as Lincoln Center (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York), The Adirondack Center for Writing (Saranac Lake, NY), Inside Out Literary Arts (Detroit) and many more community organizations and universities. He lives in Chicago.

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October Art Exhibit Closing

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
Today is the final day to see a variety of art work created by four Oak Park women artists, Kathy Hirsh, Jill Kramer, Sue Nadis and Ann Primack.
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Jennifer McNulty Art Exhibit Opening

12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery

See the distinctive mosaic work by Jennifer McNulty in her exhibit titled "Influence" which opens today in the Art Gallery.

 

"Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself,” notes Jennifer McNulty. 

 

“Throughout time, individuals have had an influence on the trajectory of history itself. Struggles for equal rights for women, African Americans, immigrants, LGBTQ, the mentally and physically disabled and animals have been going on for decades, often generations.

 

“It takes a movement to make change and those movements require a spark by a fearless trail blazer to clear the path for those people and groups who follow them. These influential people in history have faced insurmountable obstacles and have often times resulted in their own lives being sacrificed for the cause they hold so dear. This exhibit pays tribute to those individuals that have influenced art, music, entertainment, science, politics, society, culture, the environment, our world and future.

 

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A VERY SPECIAL Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
¡Hola Oak Park!

Instead of our regular conversation hour, this month we will be going to the Day of the Dead Celebration at the Main Branch of the Oak Park Library in the Veterans Room on the 2nd floor. The event runs from 2-4pm. Please check out this link for more details: 

Day of the Dead Celebration


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Day of the Dead Celebration

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Each November 1 and 2, Mexicans celebrate a unique holiday known as “Day of the Dead” (Día de los Muertos). This day commemorates the memory of the love ones who have died. Dia de los Muertos is a religious tradition that blends Christian feast with indigenous Mexican customs. 

This tradition brings together the Mexican community by celebrating the reunion of the living and the dead. The tradition includes making ‘altares’ honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with memories of them. This event, "The Dead Are Not Alone," portrays a fragment of this celebration through dances, poems and songs. Come and dance with the Catrina, eat pan de muerto and bring some of your memories of your beloved ones this year! 


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Writers' Word Feast: NaNoWriMo

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
During November, we will be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) and meeting EVERY SUNDAY! We won't be giving feedback but we will have prompts and WRITING! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
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Black Minds Matter: Policing and Schooling Black Minds

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Idea Box

Join us for Black Minds Matter, a 10-part series designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. As a whole, the public course draws parallels between issues faced by Black males in society and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom. Through this lens, we will engage research on Black students in education (from preschool to doctoral education), emphasizing strategies and practices that can support their success.


Each event in the series will feature a viewing of the next video session, followed by a discussion. Attend one or all sessions; participants can join the series at any time.



Upcoming topics, dates and times

Pre-recorded presentations followed by facilitated live discussions will be held in the Main Library Idea Box from 6-8 pm, unless otherwise noted.

  • October 29, 2018 Linking Black Lives and Black Minds- Roger Bonair-Agard Freewrite Chicago
  • November 6, 2018 Policing and Schooling Black Minds- TJ Carpenter Oak Park Public Library Assistant
  • November 13, 2018 Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice- U.I.C Professor Dr. Marcus Croom & Cynthia Martz Program Coordinator Emerging Leaders Triton College
  • December 4, 2018 Ascription of Intelligence- Barb Fitzgerald Oak Park Public Librarian & Oak Park Public Library Board Member Christian Harris
  • December 11, 2018 Assumptions of Criminality- Robert Marshall Student Success Advisor Triton College
  • January 15, 2018 Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes- Naomi Priddy Multicultural Learning Librarian 
  • January 22, 2018 Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning- Kathleen Spale Manager of Material Services Oak Park Public Library
  • February 19, 2018 Holistic Support for Black Male Learners- Cody Cotton A Greater Good Foundation Chief Communication Officer 
  • February 26, 2018 Advancing Black Male Policy Support and Research- Tiana Jorman Founder of Breaking Through Breaking Beyond

Background

In recent years, there have been many high profile slayings of young Black men. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Alfred Olango and far too many others. Anger regarding these slayings has led to numerous marches, protests, and vigils throughout the nation.


Rising through the power of social media, the international activist movement Black Lives Matter has shed light on the injustices facing Black communities and has provided a statement of affirmation that Black lives do indeed matter.


Shadowing this movement there has been increased discourse about the status, experiences, and outcomes of Black students in education, particularly Black males. Black Lives Matter has shown that Black boys and men are devalued and over-criminalized in society. These same patterns are evident in educational settings, leading to over-representation in special education, exposure to high rates of suspension and expulsion, and ultimately feeding the school-to-prison pipeline. Similar disparities are manifested in college and university settings.


This program at the library is happening in connection to the Emerging Leaders Network, a component of IMLS Triton College Activating Community Opportunities. The initiative is designed to provide area middle school and high school students with academic support and tools for school completion and entrance into college and/or the workforce. Learn more >

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P.R.O.U.D. Thursdays

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Event Space
P.R.O.U.D (Purposefully Reaching Our Unique Dreams) Thursdays is a bi-weekly "creative exploration" workshop and open mic series for ages 13-25.

Each week will feature different local community artists including poets, authors, musicians, and community organizers.

Come early to get your name on the Open Mic performance list. Sign up at the second floor service desk.
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Registration is open

Emerging Leaders Speaker Series Presents Dr. Chala Holland

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
Hear from Dr. Chala Holland, an educational leader with a passion for students, teaching, and learning. She has led multiple districts in efforts focused on improving and enhancing student achievement outcomes for all students and has led extensive efforts to address disparities in achievement. Through her academic and professional work, Dr. Holland continues to examine the relationship between leadership, organizational change, and issues of equity.

She worked at Evanston Township High School as a teacher and administrator for ten years and at Oak Park and River Forest High School as an assistant principal for instruction for four years. She is now in her fourth year as principal at Lake Forest High School. Dr. Holland has a BA from Northwestern University, an MA from DePaul University, and an EdD from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Holland is currently completing a PhD in educational policy studies.

Presented by IMLS Triton College Activating Community Opportunities: Emerging Leaders Network.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Writers' Word Feast: NaNoWriMo

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
During November, we will be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) and meeting EVERY SUNDAY! We won't be giving feedback but we will have prompts and WRITING! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
View More
Registration is open

Black Minds Matter: Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Idea Box

Join us for Black Minds Matter, a 10-part series designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. As a whole, the public course draws parallels between issues faced by Black males in society and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom. Through this lens, we will engage research on Black students in education (from preschool to doctoral education), emphasizing strategies and practices that can support their success.


Each event in the series will feature a viewing of the next video session, followed by a discussion. Attend one or all sessions; participants can join the series at any time.



Upcoming topics, dates and times

Pre-recorded presentations followed by facilitated live discussions will be held in the Main Library Idea Box from 6-8 pm, unless otherwise noted. Additional guest facilitators to be announced.


  • November 13, 2018 Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice- U.I.C Professor Dr. Marcus Croom & Cynthia Martz Program Coordinator Emerging Leaders Triton College
  • December 4, 2018 Ascription of Intelligence- Barb Fitzgerald Oak Park Public Librarian & Oak Park Public Library Board Member Christian Harris
  • December 11, 2018 Assumptions of Criminality- Robert Marshall Student Success Advisor Triton College
  • January 15, 2018 Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes- Naomi Priddy Multicultural Learning Librarian 
  • January 22, 2018 Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning- Kathleen Spale Manager of Material Services Oak Park Public Library
  • February 19, 2018 Holistic Support for Black Male Learners- Cody Cotton A Greater Good Foundation Chief Communication Officer 
  • February 26, 2018 Advancing Black Male Policy Support and Research- Tiana Jorman Founder of Breaking Through Breaking Beyond

Background

In recent years, there have been many high profile slayings of young Black men. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Alfred Olango and far too many others. Anger regarding these slayings has led to numerous marches, protests, and vigils throughout the nation.


Rising through the power of social media, the international activist movement Black Lives Matter has shed light on the injustices facing Black communities and has provided a statement of affirmation that Black lives do indeed matter.


Shadowing this movement there has been increased discourse about the status, experiences, and outcomes of Black students in education, particularly Black males. Black Lives Matter has shown that Black boys and men are devalued and over-criminalized in society. These same patterns are evident in educational settings, leading to over-representation in special education, exposure to high rates of suspension and expulsion, and ultimately feeding the school-to-prison pipeline. Similar disparities are manifested in college and university settings.


This program at the library is happening in connection to the Emerging Leaders Network, a component of IMLS Triton College Activating Community Opportunities. The initiative is designed to provide area middle school and high school students with academic support and tools for school completion and entrance into college and/or the workforce. Learn more >

View More

Writers' Word Feast: NaNoWriMo

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
During November, we will be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) and meeting EVERY SUNDAY! We won't be giving feedback but we will have prompts and WRITING! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
View More