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"Back to Melody" Concert: Yvonne Faddis Strand

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

Yvonne Faddis-Stroud is a pianist that loves beautiful, strong and dynamic melodies, the kind that stick in your brain and have you humming or singing in the shower. She is drawn to good melodies, whether from yesteryears songs or from today's vast genres.

 

Yvonne will play some of her favorite songs in a variety of styles that feature her own arrangements. Enjoy songs from TV shows, movie themes, westerns, ballet, Broadway musicals, blues, rock and jazz. Test your memory to see if you can guess the titles of some songs, and, for a final treat, you can make requests. So brush up on your music history and plan to have a wonderful time!


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Biographical Documentary Film: Iris

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a screening and discussion of the second of six fascinating recent biographical documentaries on Monday afternoons at 1:30 pm through Oct. 22. Full of humor and warmth, this film is a joyful look at fashion icon and aging eccentric Iris Apfel (born 1921) whose soaring free spirit continues to inspire. (2015) 79 minutes.
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Free Folk Music Concert: Ryanhood

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

Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. They were spotted there by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade.

Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them “a match made in radio heaven.”

And their star is still on the rise. They were recently named the “Discovery of the Year” by John Platt at WFUV New York City, and were a featured act at Australia’s National Folk Festival in April 2018. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. They currently live in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate)! For more information, see www.ryanhood.com.

 

 

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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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PROUD Thursdays

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Event Space
PROUD (Purposefully Reaching Our Unique Dreams) Thursdays is a weekly "creative exploration" workshop and open mic series for ages 12-25.

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

THIS WEEK:
5:30-6:15 pm: Creative exploration with Lebo P. (storyteller) 
6:15-7:10 pm: Open Mic
7:10-7:30 pm: Feature Artist D'Zaire, an Oak Park & River Forest High School senior

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: Lauren A. R. Masterson

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

The No Shush Salon is excited to present Lauren A. R. Masterson, the author of Love of the Sea. This novel is high fantasy fiction that turns a classic on its head.  Asrai is a fiery mermaid determined to get what she wants at all costs.  She has fallen in love with Cormack, the crown prince of the coastal kingdom, Paradine.  But there is more behind these star-crossed lovers than a “worlds apart” romance. It will be available for sale officially April 27,2018 via Ink-Smith Publishing as a soft cover and an ebook. You can find Ink-Smith Publishing's website here:  ink-smith.com

After her reading, we will have an open mic: 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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Susan Elster Jones' Quilt Exhibit Closes

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
Today is the final day to see Susan Elster Jones' exhibit titled "Pieces Lead to Peace."  Her exhibit features pieced quilts with a touch of modern  improvisational approaches and the mixed media pieces which inspire them. Susan has exhibited with the Salt Creek Quilter Guild in 2016 and 2018.
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Biographical Documentary Film: Rosenwald

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a screening and discussion of the third of six fascinating recent biographical documentaries on Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.  through Oct. 29. An amazing portrayal of Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), the head of Sears, Roebuck and Co., who built 5,400 schools for African-American children in the rural Jim Crow South of the early 20th Century.
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Friends' Folk Music Concert: Squirrel Hillbillies

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They perform regularly, including appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and the Leigh Folk Festival in England.

Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their CDs have gotten radio play on stations across the US and around the world.

This free music event is hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Learn more about the Friends >
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October Art Exhibit Opens Today

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
See a variety of art created by four Oak Park women artists, Kathy Hirsh, Jill Kramer, Sue Nadis and Ann Primack. The exhibit will run through Monday, Oct. 29.
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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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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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Won't You Be My Neighbor Documentary

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Does your family attend our weekly Be Our Neighbor class? Do you love Fred Rogers? Join us for a viewing of Morgan Neville's new documentary, which examines the life and legacy of the beloved host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Stay after for a discussion of Fred's legacy and how we can use his teachings to assist children as they grow up. Best for adults who have or work with children. 94 minutes.

Also being shown on Sunday, October 21. 
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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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Biographical Documentary Film: "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a screening and discussion of the fourth of six fascinating recent biographical documentaries on Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.  through Oct. 29. The inspiring and tragic story of one of Hollywood's top leading ladies of the 1940s who was also a talented and inquisitive inventor. (2017) 90 minutes.
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Registration is open

Black Minds Matter-Foundations of Black Male Success (LIVE)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Idea Box
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 Black Lives Matter movement 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. 
Black Minds Matter is a public course designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. The 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.  
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More Than A Month: Pariah Screening & Discussion

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
A world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the contemporary drama Pariah is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film Pariah.

Adepero Oduye, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.

Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

Join us for a screening of Moonlight October 18.

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Museums Exposed: Uncovering America's Art Museums in the 21st Century

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

Discover how American art museums--through timing, luck, and lots of money--became an international leader of the world's best art collections. Learn how museums developed into America's cultural guardians and what they're doing now to stay relevant in the 21st century. Oak Park resident Paul Neumann has a Masters in Museum Studies from Georgetown University and has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection in New York City. Neumann currently works at historic Pleasant Home in Mills Park.

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Frankenstein Fall: Frankenweenie Movie

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join us for a movie and popcorn as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and all the monsters it inspired!

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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Pharlis James Trio: The Great American Songbook Concert

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Back to Oak Park for an encore performance! Enjoy music from the Great American Songbook with baritone balladeer and jazz vocalist Pharlis James, pianist Bobby Schiff and bassist Scott Mason. This trio performs the songs of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Bobby Darin and more.
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Vocalist Rachel Peterson & Pianist Mark Streder

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

Enjoy memorable songs from decades of favorite classic American films when Rachel Peterson and Mark Streder present their "Movie" show.  Composers featured include George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart, and Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields.


Mark Streder was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He attended public schools and received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts with high honors from Triton College and a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Music Composition with honors from Roosevelt University. In addition to playing piano and electronic keyboards with many of Chicagoland's top musicians for 25 years, Streder has owned aand operated a music production studio producing many projects for television and radio broadcast as well as corporate and industrial clients.  He is on the faculty of Elmhurst College teaching music theory, electronic music and jazz piano.


Rachel Peterson completed her B. A. in Music Business from Elmhurst College. She is a vocalist who is equally comfortable singing a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from Classical, Musical Theater, Jazz, Blues and Pop. She is currently a freelance vocalist working steadily with some of the top musicians and bandleaders in the Chicago area. Rachel has also spent extensive time in the recording studio as both a singer and voice actress.

For more information, see www.streder.com/Rachel.



 


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Frankenstein Fall: Frankentoys!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Are you a Teen or a Tween? If so, come to the Maze Branch and build your own Frankenstein Monster as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and all the the monsters it inspired! 

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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Emerging Leaders Speaker Series Presents Dr. Chala Holland

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
Oak Park Public Library, Triton College, ETEAM of Oak Park through Institute of Museum and Library Services is hosting Dr. Chala Holland the principal at Lake Forest High School to share her journey through various spaces including her stint at Oak Park and River Forest High School where she implemented various strategies that have impacted the community as a whole.  Join us for a enlightening evening about some of the issues that have been highlighted in the America to Me documentary. 
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More Than A Month: Moonlight Screening & Discussion

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.

The film presents three stages in the life of the main character; his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney from a total of eight nominations.

Our Moonlight discussion will include the film Pariah (screened October 11).

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Legendary Locals: Oak Park's Influence on Illinois and Beyond

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Special Collections
Come see items in Special Collections and the Hemingway Archives that highlight Oak Park's contribution to Illinois history and beyond. 
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