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Detection by Daylight:"The Moving Target"

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
The Moving Target by Ross MacDonald

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There’s the sun-worshipping holy man whom Sampson once gave his very own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one of Sampson’s friends may have arranged his kidnapping. Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the mega rich to jazz joints where you get beaten up between sets. Lew Archer series #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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Author Beth Kaplan: "Silence 2 Success: A Mother's Journey with Autism"

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

Meet Beth Kaplan, an Oak Park mom whose son Jacob was diagnosed with Autism before the age of two. Jacob is now 12 years old and learning to self-advocate. "Silence 2 Success: A Mother's Journey with Autism," is Kaplan's personal story which begins with a difficult pregnancy and a heart-wrenching diagnosis to a successful, thriving young boy.

This book provides insight into a  mother's experience with therapy options and choices, working with the local school district, finding family balance and never accepting failure.  Books will be for sale and signing.  This is a collaboration with WSSRA.


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Books and Brews: "Dark Matter"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
BeerShop
Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch, is a mind-bending, relentlessly paced science-fiction thriller, in which an ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious--and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew. 

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and non-fiction 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 The Beer Shop 1026 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Brown Bag: "The Cairo Affair"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

In The Cairo Affair, Olen Steinhauer reveals once again masterful manipulations as he slowly unveils a portrait of a marriage, a jigsaw puzzle of loyalty and betrayal, set against a dangerous world of political games where allegiances are never clear and outcomes are never guaranteed.

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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Journalist Emilie Lucchesi: "Ugly Prey"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
An Italian immigrant who spoke little English and struggled to scrape together a living on her primitive family farm outside Chicago, Sabella Nitti was arrested in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. Within two months, she was found guilty and became the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago. Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through Sabella’s sensational case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, she was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system. She was also—to the men who convicted her and the reporters fixated on her—ugly. For that unforgivable crime, the media painted her as a hideous, dirty, and unpredictable immigrant, almost an animal.

Lucchesi brings to life the sights and sounds of 1920s Chicago—its then-rural outskirts, downtown halls of power, and headline-making crimes and trials, including those of two other women (who would inspire the musical and film Chicago) also accused of killing the men in their lives. But Sabella’s fellow inmates Beulah and Belva were beautiful, charmed the all-male juries, and were quickly acquitted, raising doubts among many Chicagoans about the fairness of the “poor ugly immigrant’s” conviction.

Featuring an ambitious and ruthless journalist who helped demonize Sabella through her reports, and the brilliant, beautiful, twenty-three-year-old lawyer who helped humanize her with a jailhouse makeover, Ugly Prey is not just a page-turning courtroom drama but also a thought-provoking look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, class, and the American justice system.
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Lives They Lived:"Being Mortal"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Surgeon Atul Gawande lets us have it right between the eyes: no matter how careful we are or healthful our habits, like everyone else, we will die, and probably after a long period of decline and debility.  Gawande wants us to know that the tragedy of old age and death cannot be fixed by modern medicine, so we better find some other way to deal with it. In eight beautifully written chapters following the trajectory from independence to death, Gawande provides us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.

In The Lives They Lived, we gain insight into the world of extraordinary individuals, and perhaps our own existence and the human condition at large. Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
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Words on Wednesday: "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City"

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
In "Evicted: Poverty and Profit In The American City," Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond's takes us into the lives of eight struggling families in Milwaukee.  Learn about their struggles and the human cost that evictions can have.

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.

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BYOBook Discussion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Enjoy hearing about new books or want to share what you loved about the last book you read? Come to this relaxed meetup to talk about what you are reading. This is an open conversation and staff will provide additional reading recommendations. 
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New Moms Book Club: "Commonwealth"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The acclaimed, bestselling author tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. 

Join our New Moms Book Club!  A wonderful opportunity to meet other new moms in the area and a great reason for some adult discussion!  

Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month before discussion.
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Read & Reflect: "Against Medical Advice: A True Story"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Against Medical Advice: A True Story by Hal Friedman and James Patterson

Witness a young man's struggle with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; his excruciating search for the specialist who can help, his endurance of countless combinations of medications and their side effects, all to no avail. Why read this you ask? -- for insight into the often rigid medical establishment just one family faced during their decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties.

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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Author Maisie Sparks: "Holy Shakespeare!"

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

Explore how William Shakespeare filled his plays, poems and sonnets with scriptural sentiments and imagery from the Bible that 16th century audiences would have easily understood.  Author Maisie Sparks, a former Oak Park resident, explains that Shakespeare lived in a biblical culture where children grew up learning to read the Bible and shoppers on the London Bridge stopped to watch traveling actors perform plays based on Bible stories.

"Holy Shakespeare!" captures 101 instances of God's word appearing in lines from the great bard.  Interspersed throughout are facts about the life of Shakespeare and the era in which he lived.

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Detection by Daylight: "Deja Dead"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Her life is devoted to justice; for those she never even knew. In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Temperance detects an alarming pattern and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her, her best friend and her own daughter in mortal danger.  Temperance Brennan series #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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Books and Brews: "The Underground Railroad"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
BeerShop

Cora is a slave on a plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all salves but especially for outcast Cora. When Caesar tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor-engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and non-fiction 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 The Beer Shop 1026 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302

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Author Ashton Applewhite: "This Chair Rocks"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Moved to Concordia University.
From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Meet author and activist Ashton Applewhite, who believed them too, until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, "This Chair Rocks" traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life.
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Read & Reflect: "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Will in the World: how Shakespeare became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

 Author Stephen Greenblatt gives an account of the undocumented areas of William Shakespeare’s life. He brings to light how this man, who, despite his lack of money, connections, or a formal education, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time.

 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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Get Cozy! Mystery Writers Julia Buckley & Vickie Fee

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

Two popular cozy mystery authors, Julia Buckley and Vicki Fee will be talking murder, mayhem and more.

Julia Buckley writes two mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. "A Dark and Stormy Murder"  hit the bestseller list at Murder By the Book in Houston and has been likened to the suspense novels of Mary Stewart. Its sequel, "Death in Dark Blue," due for release in May 2017. has earned early accolades for its "dazzling plotting." Her other series will delight all foodies who love mysteries; the Undercover Dish books take caterer Lilah Drake on mysterious adventures all over Pine Haven, Illinois, while exposing readers to her ingenious kitchen creations. In addition to writing mysteries, Julia teaches high school English. Her hobbies include reading (mysteries, of course), watercolor painting, and hanging out with her husband and two sons. Learn more at www.juliabuckley.com.

 

Vickie Fee blesses hearts and makes Jack Daniels Whiskey balls that’ll scorch your tonsils. She writes the Liv & Di in Dixie humorous cozy mystery series for Kensington, featuring a party planner sleuth. The latest entry, One Fete in the Grave,"  is also due for a May 2017 and is set at the annual Dixie Fourth of July festival. A shady town councilman gets taken out of the picture during the fireworks display and Liv’s mother’s fiancé, Earl, is put in the frame for murder.  Originally from Memphis, Vickie now lives in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula with her husband. Find out more at www.vickiefee.com.

 


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Brown Bag: "I Hear Sirens in the Street"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy novel by Adrian Mckinty

 In the second installment of the Sean Duffy novels, Detective Inspector Duffy enters the world of the IRA, the Irish Republican Army. When the headless torso of an American tourist is found in a suitcase, it’s discovered that its owner is an army reservist and the brother of a man presumably killed by the IRA. Deciding to join forces with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he work to identify the victim and solve the crime.

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: "A Man Called Ove"

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
In A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, a miserable curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendships.

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.

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One Book: Maze Book Discussion

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join us for a library-led book discussion of the One Book, One Oak Park selection Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

This nonfiction memoir written by physician Atul Gawande addresses a host of medical, quality-of-life, and end-of-life issues, as well as important topics related to mortality and aging. As Gawande writes, "endings matter."

Learn more about summer events related One Book One Oak Park, the library's community-wide reading program offering opportunities to connect on topics that matter through one great title.
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Afriware Caribbean Independence Book Festival

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Afriware Books of Maywood invites you to sit down with Caribbean authors and talk about their work!
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Detection by Daylight: "Track Of The Cat"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon fled the turmoil of New York to become a national park ranger, only to discover she hasn't escaped murder and violence. When a colleague is killed, claw marks on the victim's throat and paw prints around the body are too perfect to be those of an alleged killer mountain lion.  Anna Pigeon series #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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Books and Brews: "The Husband's Secret"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
BeerShop

The Husband's Secret. Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and non-fiction 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 The Beer Shop 1026 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302

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One Book: Book Discussion

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Join us for a library-led book discussion of the One Book, One Oak Park selection Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

This nonfiction memoir written by physician Atul Gawande addresses a host of medical, quality-of-life, and end-of-life issues, as well as important topics related to mortality and aging. As Gawande writes, "endings matter."

Learn more about summer events related One Book One Oak Park, the library's community-wide reading program offering opportunities to connect on topics that matter through one great title.
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One Book: Being Mortal Discussion @ Buzz Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Offsite
Buzz Cafe
Join us for a library-led book discussion of the One Book, One Oak Park selection Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

This nonfiction memoir written by physician Atul Gawande addresses a host of medical, quality-of-life, and end-of-life issues, as well as important topics related to mortality and aging. As Gawande writes, "endings matter."

NOTE: This event will be held at The Buzz Cafe, 905 S Lombard Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304. Phone: 708-524-2899

Learn more about summer events related One Book One Oak Park, the library's community-wide reading program offering opportunities to connect on topics that matter through one great title.


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Brown Bag: "In Farleigh Field"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
In Farleigh Field: a novel by Rhys Bowen

World War II has arrived everywhere, including at the estate of Lord Westerham and his daughters. As a result of a faulty parachute, they witness a soldier fall to his death. When his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is asked to find out if the man was a German spy. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, he discovers that there’s more to this story.

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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