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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.

THIS WEEK:
5:15-6:30 pm: Beatmaking in Ableton workshop w/Ahmad  

This workshop will provide students with the skills to get started producing their own beats. You will have the opportunity to explore the entire beat making process using Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation. This hands-on workshop will provide aspiring artists, producers, and hobbyists a core understanding of Ableton Live, creating drum kits, and applying effects to the principles of music theory.

6:15-7:30 pm: Open Mic

Come early to get your name on the Open Mic performance list.

7:30-8:00 pm: Featured Artist Adam Levin

Adam M. Levin is a writer and rapper, originally from River Forest, Illinois. He is currently the Spoken Word Teaching Assistant at OPRF, working alongside Peter Kahn. Adam has performed across the United States, as well as overseas in Panama, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. He's shared the stage with everyone from Amiri Baraka and Saul Williams to Chance the Rapper and Wale.
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Art Reception: Judy and Bridget Steed

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

Enjoy the art of Judy and Bridget Steed of River Forest in the art gallery of the Oak Park Public Library through December.  This mother-daughter exhibit is titled "Bridging the Gap" and features two completely different styles of art -- paintings by Bridget and stained glass mosaics by Judy. Their art offers reflections on change, transition and the "in-between" space we find ourselves in as we shift from the old to the new.  An art reception in the gallery will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Judy Steed has been involved in many artistic endeavors since she was a child.  In 2004 she took a stained glass mosaic class and has been passionate about mosaics ever since.  She has taken classes and workshops since that time and has traveled to Barcelona to view the work of the master mosaicist, Antonio Gaudi. Steed is a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists), ASA (American Society of Artists), The Oak Park Art League and the American Craft Council.

Bridget Steed is an abstract painter and River Forest native, currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She paints intuitively, using many layers to create vibrant, colorful worlds reflective of her inner and outer landscapes and draws inspiration from nature, music, movement, and the “great unknown.” Bridget is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters degree in Art Therapy & Counseling and believes that expressing oneself creatively is one of the most beautiful ways to truly allow oneself to be seen in the world and a potent way of healing the mind, body, and spirit.

 


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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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CANCELLED: The No Shush Salon

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

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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. Follow us through our blog: noshushsalon.blogspot.com and like us on Facebook: No Shush Salon

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Queerios Holiday Party

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Hey all you Queerios!
Join us at the Maze Branch for a pot luck holiday party! Bring your favorite holiday dish (or cookies or candy... we do like cookies and candy) and be ready for some great fun! 
We will be making buttons, eating food, and playing games like The Escape Closet! 

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 (named Queerios by the teens) 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. 

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More Than a Month: 33rd Annual 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. 
  • Saturday, January 5, 2-4 pm: More Than a Month (2011, 53 min) 
  • Sunday, January 6, 2-4 pm: I Am Not Your Negro (2017, 93 min) 
  • Sunday, January 13, 2-4 pm: Cry Freedom (1987, 158 min) 
  • Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm: The Ladies #1 Detective Agency (2009, 60 min) 
  • Saturday, January 26, 2-4 pm: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001, 90 min)
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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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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More Than a Month: 33rd Annual 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. 
  • Saturday, January 5, 2-4 pm: More Than a Month (2011, 53 min) 
  • Sunday, January 6, 2-4 pm: I Am Not Your Negro (2017, 93 min) 
  • Sunday, January 13, 2-4 pm: Cry Freedom (1987, 158 min) 
  • Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm: The Ladies #1 Detective Agency (2009, 60 min) 
  • Saturday, January 26, 2-4 pm: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001, 90 min)
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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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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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.
View More

More Than a Month: 33rd Annual 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. 
  • Saturday, January 5, 2-4 pm: More Than a Month (2011, 53 min) 
  • Sunday, January 6, 2-4 pm: I Am Not Your Negro (2017, 93 min) 
  • Sunday, January 13, 2-4 pm: Cry Freedom (1987, 158 min) 
  • Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm: The Ladies #1 Detective Agency (2009, 60 min) 
  • Saturday, January 26, 2-4 pm: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001, 90 min)
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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Registration is open

Black Minds Matter: Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes

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. 


  • January 22, 2019 Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning- Kathleen Spale Manager of Material Services Oak Park Public Library
  • 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 a Month: 33rd Annual 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. 
  • Saturday, January 5, 2-4 pm: More Than a Month (2011, 53 min) 
  • Sunday, January 6, 2-4 pm: I Am Not Your Negro (2017, 93 min) 
  • Sunday, January 13, 2-4 pm: Cry Freedom (1987, 158 min) 
  • Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm: The Ladies #1 Detective Agency (2009, 60 min) 
  • Saturday, January 26, 2-4 pm: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001, 90 min)
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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Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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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Registration is open

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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Registration begins 1/12/2019 at 8:00 AM

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: 33rd Annual 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. 
  • Saturday, January 5, 2-4 pm: More Than a Month (2011, 53 min) 
  • Sunday, January 6, 2-4 pm: I Am Not Your Negro (2017, 93 min) 
  • Sunday, January 13, 2-4 pm: Cry Freedom (1987, 158 min) 
  • Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm: The Ladies #1 Detective Agency (2009, 60 min) 
  • Saturday, January 26, 2-4 pm: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2001, 90 min)
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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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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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 Thompson, 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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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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