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Black Minds Matter: Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning

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.


  • February 19, 2019 Holistic Support for Black Male Learners- Cody Cotton A Greater Good Foundation Chief Communication Officer 
  • February 26, 2019 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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More Than You Know... Black History Quiz Show Party

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Test your knowledge of Black History facts, events, and historic sites at this quiz show party!

More Than a Month focuses on the African diaspora, the mass scattering of peoples from Africa starting with the transatlantic slave trades, in which more than 10 million people were taken from Western and Central Africa to regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Learn more about the library's More Than a Month initiative »
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More Than a Month: Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
We'll mark the 33rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the celebration of King's life, the legacies of the modern civil rights movement, and the African diaspora by viewing a series of enlightening films in January in the Main Library Veterans Room from 2-4 pm:
More Than a Month focuses on the African diaspora, the mass scattering of peoples from Africa starting with the transatlantic slave trades, in which more than 10 million people were taken from Western and Central Africa to regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Learn more about the library's More Than a Month initiative »
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Art Taster: Media Mixer

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Event Space
In partnership with the Oak Park Art League and the Park District of Oak Park, we're offering free sample classes in a variety of media. Express yourself and create something new! All teens and young adults are welcome.

In this session, Pam Penney of the Oak Park Art League will give you a chance to try collage, weaving, painting, and more in advance of the next Oak Park Art League series of classes

No registration necessary. Art Taster sessions are:
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P.R.O.U.D. Thursdays Workshop + Open Mic

5:30 PM - 8:00 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.
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The No Shush Salon Presents: Julie Thomas

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Our featured reader this month is Julie Thomas, a Christian writer from Detroit. Her book is The Legacy of Christ. She also wrote Tales from a Closet a collection of interesting stories.

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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Extra! Extra! A Journalism Film Series: His Girl Friday

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Local historian and theater critic Doug Deuchler has designed a 6-week film series to help viewers remember that nothing is as precious—and vital—to our democracy as a free press and the truth. Beginning Monday, February 4, at 1:30 pm, join Doug to view and discuss the following films.


  • Monday, February 4, 1:30-4:30 pm: His Girl Friday. Newspaper editor Cary Grant tries to lure his investigative reporter ex-wife back to work rather than marry a dull insurance agent (1940, 92 min). 
  • Monday, February 11, 1:30-4:30 pm: Call Northside 777. A true crime "film noir" in which James Stewart is a Chicago newspaper reporter who re-opens a 10-year-old murder case (1948, 111 min).
  • Monday, February 18, 1:30-4:30 pm: Citizen Kane. A reporter tries to decipher the dying words of a powerful, complex newspaper baron (1941, 119 min). 
  • Monday, February 25, 1:30-4:30 pm: All the President's Men. A true political thriller in which two reporters uncovers the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation (1976, 138 min). 
  • Monday, March 4, 1:30-4:30 pm: Good Night and Good Luck. The true story of CBS broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow who dedicated himself to bringing down Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s (2005, 93 min).
  • Monday, March 11, 1:30-4:30 pm: The Post. The country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor join forces to expose a cover-up of government secrets (2017, 116 min).
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Valentines for the loved-ones in your life

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
This program is for adults and young adults 13 and older.
Join us as we play with paper, glitter and hearts
No experience necessary.
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Extra! Extra! A Journalism Film Series: Call Northside 777

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Local historian and theater critic Doug Deuchler has designed a 6-week film series to help viewers remember that nothing is as precious—and vital—to our democracy as a free press and the truth. Beginning Monday, February 4, at 1:30 pm, join Doug to view and discuss the following films.


  • Monday, February 4, 1:30-4:30 pm: His Girl Friday. Newspaper editor Cary Grant tries to lure his investigative reporter ex-wife back to work rather than marry a dull insurance agent (1940, 92 min). 
  • Monday, February 11, 1:30-4:30 pm: Call Northside 777. A true crime "film noir" in which James Stewart is a Chicago newspaper reporter who re-opens a 10-year-old murder case (1948, 111 min).
  • Monday, February 18, 1:30-4:30 pm: Citizen Kane. A reporter tries to decipher the dying words of a powerful, complex newspaper baron (1941, 119 min). 
  • Monday, February 25, 1:30-4:30 pm: All the President's Men. A true political thriller in which 2 reporters uncovers the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation (1976, 138 min). 
  • Monday, March 4, 1:30-4:30 pm: Good Night and Good Luck. The true story of CBS broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow who dedicated himself to bringing down Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s (2005, 93 min).
  • Monday, March 11, 1:30-4:30 pm: The Post. The country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor join forces to expose a cover-up of government secrets (2017, 116 min).
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P.R.O.U.D. Thursdays Workshop + Open Mic

5:30 PM - 8:00 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.
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11th Annual Oscarthon

1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

No need to wait on the red carpet; come to our 11th annual Oscarthon movie marathon at the Main Library! We'll have popcorn, raffle prizes, and Oscar-nominated films from the past year. Check back soon for movie titles.


This year, see more Oscar-nominated films at the Main Library on February 23, 1:15–5 pm.

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Extra! Extra! A Journalism Film Series: Citizen Kane

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Local historian and theater critic Doug Deuchler has designed a 6-week film series to help viewers remember that nothing is as precious—and vital—to our democracy as a free press and the truth. Beginning Monday, February 4, at 1:30 pm, join Doug to view and discuss the following films.


  • Monday, February 4, 1:30-4:30 pm: His Girl Friday. Newspaper editor Cary Grant tries to lure his investigative reporter ex-wife back to work rather than marry a dull insurance agent (1940, 92 min). 
  • Monday, February 11, 1:30-4:30 pm: Call Northside 777. A true crime "film noir" in which James Stewart is a Chicago newspaper reporter who re-opens a 10-year-old murder case (1948, 111 min).
  • Monday, February 18, 1:30-4:30 pm: Citizen Kane. A reporter tries to decipher the dying words of a powerful, complex newspaper baron (1941, 119 min). 
  • Monday, February 25, 1:30-4:30 pm: All the President's Men. A true political thriller in which 2 reporters uncovers the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation (1976, 138 min). 
  • Monday, March 4, 1:30-4:30 pm: Good Night and Good Luck. The true story of CBS broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow who dedicated himself to bringing down Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s (2005, 93 min).
  • Monday, March 11, 1:30-4:30 pm: The Post. The country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor join forces to expose a cover-up of government secrets (2017, 116 min).
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Art Taster: Improv Theater

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
In partnership with the Oak Park Art League and the Park District of Oak Park, we're offering free sample classes in a variety of media. Express yourself and create something new! All teens and young adults are welcome.

In this session, learn the essentials of improv theater, including listening, supporting your partner, and the concept of “Yes, and” from Park District of Oak Park improv instructor Sarah Gees. Play games and try exercises that create a working team and build self-confidence in a fun environment. Come sample this program for FREE in advance of the Park District's upcoming classes.

No registration necessary. Art Taster sessions are:
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Black Minds Matter: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space

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.

 

  • February 26, 2019 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