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Art Exhibit Closing: 100 Skulls & The Abstract Grid by Robert Baker

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
This is the final day to see the exhibit by River Forest artist Robert Baker. Baker created this body of art work over a period of six years following a tragic car accident. This work begins with a series of one hundred 3”x 3“ brightly colored skulls that Robert painted in honor of his own. After the skulls were painted, Robert became physically able to move on to a larger canvas. He began a series of abstract grids, painted in his own technique giving many of the pieces a textile appearance. The exhibit leaves the library gallery on May 31.
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One Book: Poetry and Peoples' Struggles with Bill Ayers

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Kick off this summer's One Book, One Oak Park community-wide summer reading program and delve into the pure power of poetry during an evening with local legend Bill Ayers, who will lead engaging discussion and an audience question and answer session. 

Ayers is a distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, oral history, creative non-fiction, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise.

This event is part of the One Book, One Oak Park community-wide summer reading program featuring A People's History of Chicago by Kevin Coval. "Coval's poetry is all about empowering hidden voices," says Librarian and One Book Coordinator Margita Lidaka, adding that "this book covers all the bases, relating so well to the library's strategic objective to act intentionally to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and safety. It is also the first time the library is reading and discuss poetry as a community-wide effort."

Learn more at oppl.org/onebook

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One Book: Poetry Workshop with Luis Tubens

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Explore the art of writing and appreciating poetry with accomplished poet and vocalist Luis Tubens, the library's first artist in residence. This event is part of the One Book, One Oak Park community-wide summer reading program. 

"Coval's poetry is all about empowering hidden voices," says Librarian and One Book Coordinator Margita Lidaka, adding that "this book covers all the bases, relating so well to the library's strategic objective to act intentionally to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and safety. It is also the first time the library is reading and discuss poetry as a community-wide effort."

Learn more at oppl.org/onebook.
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One Book Offsite: A People's History of Chicago Discussion

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Offsite
Walk with us, talking through themes, and exploring Oak Park connections in this summer's community read. Led by library staff Jim Madigan and Kelly Knowles on these three dates (weather permitting):
  • Tuesday, June 12, from 4-5:30 pm, starting at northwest corner of Chicago and East avenues
  • Tuesday, June 19, from 6-7:30 pm, starting at the southwest corner of Lake Street and Ridgeland Avenue
  • Wednesday, June 27, 4-5:30 pm, starting at the northwest corner of Chicago and Humphrey avenues. Then head back to the Main Library with us to meet poet and community builder Kevin Coval >

"Kevin Coval's poetry is all about empowering hidden voices," says Librarian and One Book Coordinator Margita Lidaka, adding that "this book covers all the bases, relating so well to the library's strategic objective to act intentionally to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and safety. It is also the first time the library is reading and discuss poetry as a community-wide effort."

Learn more at oppl.org/onebook
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One Book: A People's History of Chicago Discussion

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maze Branch
Courtyard - Maze Branch
Join us outside in the beautiful Maze Branch Courtyard (weather permitting) to connect with your neighbors as part of this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title selection discussion. In case of inclement weather, this discussion will be held in the indoor meeting room. 

"Kevin Coval's poetry is all about empowering hidden voices," says Librarian and One Book Coordinator Margita Lidaka, adding that "this book covers all the bases, relating so well to the library's strategic objective to act intentionally to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and safety. It is also the first time the library is reading and discuss poetry as a community-wide effort."

Learn more at oppl.org/onebook

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A Place for All Tribes

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Thursdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, 4-6 pm, Maze Branch.

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, this new LGBTQ+ positive group provides 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.

Join us!
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One Book: A People's History of Chicago Discussion

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Offsite
Walk with us, talking through themes, and exploring Oak Park connections in this summer's community read. Led by library staff Jim Madigan and Kelly Knowles on these three dates (weather permitting):
  • Tuesday, June 12, from 4-5:30 pm, starting at northwest corner of Chicago and East avenues
  • Tuesday, June 19, from 6-7:30 pm, starting at the southwest corner of Lake Street and Ridgeland Avenue
  • Wednesday, June 27, 4-5:30 pm, starting at the northwest corner of Chicago and Humphrey avenues. Then head back to the Main Library with us to meet poet and community builder Kevin Coval >

"Kevin Coval's poetry is all about empowering hidden voices," says Librarian and One Book Coordinator Margita Lidaka, adding that "this book covers all the bases, relating so well to the library's strategic objective to act intentionally to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and safety. It is also the first time the library is reading and discuss poetry as a community-wide effort."

Learn more at oppl.org/onebook
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Film Screening: We Are Nothing

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Join us for a screening of We Are Nothing, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the film creators and a chance to share your comments via review card.

Film synopsis: When the devastating divorce of his parents rips his family apart, Alex Logan finds himself having to grow up quicker than anyone could have anticipated in order to take care of his ailing father who suffers from a debilitating disease. Alex seems to be heading toward a breaking point when he meets the rebellious, quick-witted Samantha Queen. But, looks can be deceiving. On the outside, it may seem like Samantha has the world in the palm of her hands, but her perfect family and their religious dogma is the cause of much discomfort in her life. To make matters worse, Samantha also is hiding a huge secret from her parents that is sure to change their lives and challenge their perceptions, as well as their love. When their two universes collide what follows is a tale of kindred spirits taking on the world, the establishment, and our assumptions. (100 minutes)

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