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Zingela Ulwazi: Cultivating Wisdom in Our Boys through Reading

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
A monthly Black Panther themed event that also explores underlying themes of Science & Technology, Social Justice, Geography & Language, and Arts & Culture to engage and encourage reading for enjoyment and learning. Targeted for boys of color k-12 grade and open to all. 
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Zingela Ulwazi: Cultivating Wisdom in Our Boys through Reading

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Event Space
A monthly Black Panther themed event that also explores underlying themes of Science & Technology, Social Justice, Geography & Language, and Arts & Culture to engage and encourage reading for enjoyment and learning. Targeted for boys of color k-12 grade and open to all. 
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Zingela Ulwazi: Cultivating Wisdom in Our Boys through Reading

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
A monthly Black Panther themed event that also explores underlying themes of Science & Technology, Social Justice, Geography & Language, and Arts & Culture to engage and encourage reading for enjoyment and learning. Targeted for boys of color k-12 grade and open to all. 
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One Book in Concert: Snake Doctors, Lance

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Join us for these two live musical performances, Snake Doctors and Lance, in connection with this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title selection, 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/one-book
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One Book: Pilsen Mural Tour

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Offsite
National Museum of American Art
Please note: we will meet in Chicago at The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. for this event.  In case of inclement weather, please check back here for updates. Museum entry is free. Registration begins May 2.

Learn about the art and Pilsen community on this tour led by 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. Learn more at oppl.org/onebook.
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Banyan Birthday Celebration

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

The Banyan Asian American Writers Collective invites the whole family to celebrate Banyan's first birthday! Enjoy author readings, music, food, and kid's crafts -- all free! Featured authors include P. J. Temple's "Essays of Night and Daylight: Immigration and Race from the Lens of People of Color" and Lani T. Montreal's "FANBOYS: Poets about Teaching and Learning. "

The  Banyan Showcase includes Eduardo Eusebio, Isabel Garcia-Gonzales, Sunila Samuel, Nurul Hana, Mohammed Rafee, Camilio Garcia-Gonzales and Mia Manansala. Music by Christian Eusebio, Feliz DeGuzman and Yasmeen Mohammed Rafee. M. G. Bertulfo will serve as Emcee.

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One Book: A People's History of Chicago Discussion

6:00 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 (weather permitting). 
  • Place: Northwest corner of Lombard Avenue and Washington Boulevard
  • Poems: "Studs Terkel Drops a Mixtape, Muddy Waters Goes Electric"
  • Special Guest: Steve Levitt, Old Town School of Folk Music 
"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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French Conversation Hour

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson--just practice for current French speakers.
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The No Shush Salon Summer Open Mic

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

This Summer is all about Rockin' the Open Mic (er, podium)! We look forward to celebrating your yet-to-be-published stories, experimental music, recently choreographed dances, trial comedy, and so much more.

We have 15 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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Friends' Annual Book Fair

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Offsite
Oak Park-River Forest High School


Join us again this year in the south cafeteria at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, 2018.

  • Friday, July 27, 6–10 pm. $5 admission fee, $5 per electronic device. Free admission for Friends of the Oak Park Public Library »
    • Why the $5 electronic device charge? Mobile devices often offer ISBN scanner capabilities, which aid shoppers in on-the-spot price evaluation.
  • Saturday, July 28, 9 am–5 pm. Free admission.
  • Nonprofit & Educator Appreciation! Sunday, July 29, 12-2 pm.
    • Free admission and free materials to everyone with valid nonprofit or educator ID, or 501c document.

About tax-deductible donations

  • Accepting: sellable books, movies, music
    • Now through July 11 only at the Main Library
    • From July 14–26 at the high school’s south door
    • Items dropped off outside of these times or locations will be discarded
  • Not accepting: magazines, textbooks, and condensed texts (such as Reader’s Digest)

About volunteering

  • Volunteer sorters needed Saturday, July 14–27
  • Preview/pre-purchase each day you volunteer
  • Questions: call 708.697.6930 or email friends@oppl.org.

What do the proceeds support?

With funds raised, the Friends continue a tradition that supports literacy, learning, and community connections

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“Muse: A World Without Chains book release, Kamarion Miller.”

2:00 AM - 3:15 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room


Kamarion Miller is a 16 year old writer, filmmaker, and designer from the West Side of Chicago. Growing up, he had an immense imagination, and fascination with the arts.  He started writing short stories at the age of 8, and by the age of 14 he had written and self published his first book “Scars Of Karinidas” which since its release a year and a half ago has sold out three times. Kamarion then released his first line of shirts, which made him enough money to pay for the self publication of his upcoming novel “Muse: A world without chains”. 

“Muse: A World Without Chains” is about two teenage artists named Jack and Terry who live on opposite sides of the city. Terry is a writer in high school who lives in the upper class part of the city. He has everything most kids would wish for, but he feels his life is out of his control. Jack is a drug dealer on the poor side of the city who uses painting as an escape from all his problems. Follow these two artists as they are bought together by a mysterious force, and go on an unexpected journey where they discover something they didn’t even know they wanted. It’s a story of inspiration and identity, and it’s a must read for all the dreamers in the world.
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Fleur d/Lucence Art Exhibit Closing

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Forum Theatre Experience

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Offsite: Hamburger Mary's, 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it."-Augusto Boal

This interactive theatre experience created by teens in Oak Park Public Library's Teen Summer Volunteer Program Forum Theatre Troupe invites you to be a "spect-actor" and not just a member of the audience. The piece will explore homophobia and encourage you to consider power and the role of the bystander. 

Watch the scenes play out, then think about what role you can play. Brave and willing participants can choose to intervene and try to create change.

We'll also play some games and enjoy a discussion together.

Want to learn more? Branch and Access Services Supervisor Larry Nance, mentoring area youth in the Oak Park Public Library's Teen Summer Volunteer Program, shares his take »

Learn more about the Teen Summer Volunteer Program »
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Beth Ryza Art Exhibit Opens

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Beth Ryza Art Reception Opens

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

Meet Oak Park artist Beth Ryza and see her exhibit, "All About Flowers." This reception is free and open to the public.


An Oak Park artist, Beth Ryza originally worked as an illustrator in New York but later found herself drawn to acrylic painting and sculpture. Her work emphasizes organic shapes of nature, energetic movement, and vibrant color.


An artist member of the Oak Park Art League, Ms. Ryza is a retired art teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. She is currently involved in teaching art to senior citizens.


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Italian Conversation Hour

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Parliamo Oak Park! Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Italian speakers. All levels are welcome!
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Wizard Rock the Vote: A Harry Potter party for teens and adults

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
All ages are welcome to "Wizard Rock the Vote" at this Harry Potter-themed afternoon.

Play quidditch, learn about civics, register to vote, and hear some awesome music! Wizard Rock bands and the Harry Potter Alliance (working to change the world by making activism accessible through the power of story) are pairing up to rock out and register voters at libraries across the United States this summer. These all ages events are a great way to kick death eater butt, engage with your community, and hear awesome music!
  • 1-2 pm: Quidditch (Scoville Park, weather permitting, or Veterans Room)
  • 2-3 pm: Civics engagement (Community Engagement Space)
  • 3-4:30 pm: Musical performance by Tonks and the Aurors (Veterans Room)

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Art Reception: Beth Ryza

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

Meet Oak Park artist Beth Ryza and see her exhibit, "All About Flowers." The reception is free and open to the public. An Oak Park artist, Beth Ryza originally worked as an illustrator in New York but later found herself drawn to acrylic painting and sculpture. Her work emphasizes organic shapes of nature, energetic movement, and vibrant color.


An artist member of the Oak Park Art League, Ms. Ryza is a retired art teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. She is currently involved in teaching art to senior citizens.

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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en Español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
¡Hola Oak Park! 

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome! 

This is not a class -- just practice for current Spanish speakers. 
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Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres. If you wish to bring something yummy to share, that's great but not required. We do HIGHLY recommend you bring your words, and words yet to be written. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)  
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Adult Improv Workshop

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...
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One Book: A People's History of Chicago Discussion

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Offsite
Join us for an early-evening discussion at Two Brothers Social Tap (100 South Marion Street, Oak Park) to connect with your neighbors as part of this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title selection discussion.

"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: Louder Than a Bomb Film & Discussion

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Come for a viewing of 2010 documentary Louder Than a Bomb, and stay for a short discussion led by Peter Kahn of Oak Park and River Forest High School's Spoken Word Club. 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."



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Zingela Ulwazi: Cultivating Wisdom in Our Boys through Reading

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
A monthly Black Panther themed event that also explores underlying themes of Science & Technology, Social Justice, Geography & Language, and Arts & Culture to engage and encourage reading for enjoyment and learning. Targeted for boys of color k-12 grade and open to all. 
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