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Read & Reflect: The Road to Character

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Has our culture lost sight of the value of humility? This is one of the question that author David Brooks addresses in his book The Road to Character. He challenges us to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues” and our “eulogy virtues,” those virtues that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness.

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Brown Bag:"The Marco Effect"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Marco Effect by Jussi Alder Olsen

Marco Jameson is a 15year old thief raised in a criminal commune ran by his uncle Zola. When Marco attempts to escape the life, he discovers a buried corpse. Unfortunately for Marco, Zola finds out and sends assassins to hunt him down.  

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Detection by Daylight: Ordinary Grace

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Minnesota, 1961 -- It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for 13-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.  On the surface, this is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions.

Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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New Moms Book Group "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making "adult" budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette--she's "35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something"--detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms--hang in there for the Costco loot -- she's as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

A wonderful opportunity to meet other new parents in the area and a great reason for some adult discussion.

Copies of the book are available at all Oak Park library locations.

This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co. at 7700 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
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New Location! Books and Brews: Lincoln in the Bardo

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. 

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don't worry if you don't have time to finish the book, we're pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us. 

Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. 

Learn more about our monthly book discussions.

NOTE: Books and Brews will meet at Oak Park Brewing Company, 155 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Brown Bag: Gods and Beasts

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
In the third installment of the Alex Morrow series, a lone gunman enters a Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47 with robbery in mind. In the midst of the heist, a well-known activist, Brendan Lyons attempts to keep the peace, and assists the gunman by filling bags with cash and then carrying them to the door, when the robber unexpectedly opens fire and kills Lyons. Enters Detective Sergeant Alex Morrow to investigate the crime, but nothing about the incident seems clear. Was Lyons in on the crime? Did he know his killer? Morrow finds herself in a maze of conspiracies and lies and a sinister political network that places the entire city at risk.

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Author Ally Golden: A Good Soldier

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

An emotionally riveting memoir, A Good Soldier perfectly captures the isolation and pain that can come from having a loved one with a mental illness.

When Ally Golden heads off to college, she breathes a sigh of relief; she is ready to discover herself, independent of her mother. However, this newfound freedom and several failed attempts at intimacy soon leave Golden feeling adrift. But even as she withdraws from the world, Golden feels an all-powerful emotional connection to the woman who raised her.

Moving into adulthood, Golden tries to envision a future in which she can begin her own family—as the mental decline of her mother reaches its lowest point. Will Golden be able to heal her relationship with her mother before it’s too late?

Golden’s raw honesty and stunning emotional insights will comfort anyone who has been on the chaotic and unpredictable journey with a mentally ill friend or family member. Books will be for sale and signing.

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Words on Wednesday: The Joy Luck Club

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Examine the modern classic The Joy Luck Club by celebrated author Amy Tan. A tale that spans over decades and continents as four Chinese women meet to form The Joy Luck Club, playing the game Mahjong and sharing their stories. The novel is structured like the game Mahjong itself; centering around immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters. 

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult & Teen Services Librarians. Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. Learn more about our monthly book discussions
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Read & Reflect: Eleanor and Hick

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
In 1933, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread, but a lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over a thirty year time span, they became lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. In their determination to better a troubled world, these fiercely compassionate women took on important causes and played a significant role in effectuating real change.

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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The No Shush Salon Presents: Alexei Collier

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

I am super excited to kick off our NEW YEAR with Oak Park resident and No Shush Salon Open Mic-er Extraordinaire, Alexei Collier! 


After his 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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Detection by Daylight: "A Share in Death"

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

Duncan Kincaid needs a holiday, but the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun.  Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised dramatically when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too much.  Kincaid and James #1.
Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions.

Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Dr Wayne Jonas: "How Healing Works"Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal"

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

Learn a revolutionary new way to think about how we heal and gain health and well-being. Dr. Wayne Jonas draws on 40 years of research and patient care to explain how 80 percent of healing arises from outside the doctor's office. Using memorable stories from his practice and research along with simple illustrations, Dr. Jonas communicates concepts in a clear and engaging way, showing readers his method for helping people get better by tapping into their own healing capacity.

Wayne Jonas, MD, is a widely published research scientist, practicing family physician, and professor of medicine at Georgetown University and at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.  Dr. Jonas was the director of the  Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995 to 1999 and led the World Health Organizations Collaborative Center for Traditional Medicine.

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New Moms Book Group "Lincoln in the Bardo"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

A wonderful opportunity to meet other new parents in the area and a great reason for some adult discussion.

Copies of the book are available at all Oak Park library locations.

This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co. at 7700 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
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Books and Brews: A Gentleman in Moscow

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don't worry if you don't have time to finish the book, we're pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us. 

Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. 

Learn more about our monthly book discussions.

NOTE: Books and Brews will meet at Oak Park Brewing Company, 155 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Read & Reflect: Hidden Figures

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Known as "human computers," these exceptionally talented African-American women were called into service during the labor shortage of World War II. Overlooked and segregated from their white counterparts, those women overcame countless obstacles and helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union.

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Brown Bag: Evil and the Mask

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly father calls him into his study. "I created you to be a cancer on the world," his father says. It is a tradition in their wealthy family for a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, to bear one last child dedicated to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. Between his education in hedonism and his family's resources, Fumihiro's life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question everything about his place in the world.


Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Words on Wednesday: Our Black Year

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
In Maggie Anderson's Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy, learn about a Chicago family's year long quest to patronize black-owned businesses.  As you follow the Anderson's family's quest, hear about their struggles and revelations about race and economy.

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult & Teen Services Librarians. Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. Learn more about our monthly book discussions


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The No Shush Salon Present: Brendan Detzner

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

It has been a few years (and in a different library!) since Brendan has graced our stage as a featured reader, but he has been one of our excellent No Shush Salon Open Mic-ers. I am so thrilled to welcome back Brendan Detzner!

 

After his 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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Author William Hazelgrove: Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair

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

Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago is a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Hazelgrove tells the story of Chicago fighting the hold that organized crime had on the city to be able to put on the 1933 World’s Fair.  He reveals the story of the six millionaire businessmen, dubbed The Secret Six, who beat Al Capone at his own game, ending the gangster era as prohibition was repealed.

It's the story of an intriguing woman, Sally Rand, who embodied the World’s Fair with her own rags to riches tale and brought sex into the open. It's the story of Rufus and Charles Dawes, who gave the fair a theme and then found financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced. It's the story of the most corrupt mayor of Chicago, William Thompson, who owed his election to Al Capone; and the mayor who followed him, Anton Cermak, who was murdered months before the fair opened by an assassin many said was hired by Al Capone. But most of all it’s the story about a city fighting for survival in the darkest of times; and a shining light of hope called A Century of Progress.

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Registration begins 2/1/2018 at 8:00 AM

A Wrinkle In Time: Movie Pre-Release Party

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time is being made into a MOVIE!!! 

This is a timeless classic about time-travel, not fitting in, the power of love, and a battle between good and evil. We will have a costume contest, prizes, make Tesseract models, explore the different planets, view new trailers, create inspired art, have hot cocoa and cookies, and so much more. Please register after January to join us for the celebration! 

Check out the current trailer: A Wrinkle In Time Official US Teaser Trailer
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Detection by Daylight: Darktown

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.  

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds.  Darktown #1


Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions.

Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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New Moms Book Group "Sing, Unburied, Sing"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers.

A wonderful opportunity to meet other new parents in the area and a great reason for some adult discussion.

Copies of the book are available at all Oak Park library locations.

This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co. at 7700 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
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Author Margaret Power: "Hope in Hard Times"

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Learn how 250 families of a Western Pennsylvania town banded together to envision a new kind of community which raised standards of living through a cooperative lifestyle and fostered civic engagement. Meet Margaret Power, one of the authors of "Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community during the Great Depression."
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Author Terri Gulden: "The Letter"

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

This story begins in 2003 when two sisters find a 33-year-old unopened letter. Their father had written the letter to their older brother, Johnny, who was killed before it arrived in Vietnam. This letter was returned home. The sister learn that their father had kept it, sealed, for all those years.
 
The Letter, A Family's Tale Unpluggedgoes back to1969, when 10-year-old Terri enjoys a care-free life. The Vietnam War brings turmoil into her family when her oldest brother Johnny decides to join the Marines and fight for his country. A short year later, two Marines bring news of Johnny's death. 
 
The letters her brother writes home and countless interviews with family members long after his death bring to life a young warrior who left behind a void that can be felt decades later. Showing one family's struggle through loss and back to normalcy, The Letter is a loving and caring monument to the people who fought in the war zones of Vietnam and at home.

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Detection by Daylight: A Drink Before War

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Kenzie and Gennaro are private investigators in the blue-collar neighborhoods and ghettos of South Boston-they know it as only natives can. Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician: to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential state documents. Finding Jenna, however, is easy compared to staying alive once they've got her.  Kenzie and Gennaro #1

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions.

Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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