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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 31, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21.
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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21.
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Author Joe English: "A Place Called Schugara"

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

Join long-time Austin resident and author Joe English as he shares stories from "A Place Called Schugara" that focuses on three characters: a jaded academic from Chicago, a desperate factory owner from Ohio, and an opportunistic insurance investigator from New York, all drawn to a place that lovingly welcomes the three misfits. English will be joined by Mark Bazer, host of The Interview Show Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on WTTW.

English has a B. A. cum laude from Colorado College in Colorado Spring, and an M. A. from Rich University in Houston, Texas. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  His writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Reader and Co-Existence, the literary journal which featured the works of Henry Miller.

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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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Detection by Daylight: Wife Of The Gods

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey


Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field—and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, he’s been ordered by his cantankerous boss to leave behind his loving wife and young son in Ghana’s capital city to lead a murder investigation: In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman—a promising medical student—has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Dawson is fluent in Ketanu’s indigenous language, so he’s the right man for the job, but the local police are less than thrilled with an outsider’s interference.  Darko Dawson #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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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 7, 12, 14, 19, 21.
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New Moms Book Group: Love, Nina

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
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!  Welcome to all moms with children under 5.

Copies of the book are available at all locations - Dole, Maze, and Main branches of the library.

This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co. at 7700 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130

In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. Nina Stibbe's Love, Nina is the laugh-out-loud story of the trials and tribulations of a very particular family.
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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 12, 14, 19, 21.
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Author Margaret Power: Hope in Hard Times

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Scoville Room

Learn how 250 families of a Western Pennsylvania town banded together to envision a new kind of community that 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.

Vivid details of everyday life in Norvelt are woven into a compelling narrative  that illustrates how New Deal  policies shaped and were reshaped by the homesteaders. Variables of race, ethnicity, class and gender emerge from this particular time and place and lead to a better understanding of where to go from here as we consider the role of government in alleviating poverty.

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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 14, 19, 21.
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The Civically Engaged Reader Series

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, May through October, to ponder the meaning of civic activity in its most basic forms: associating, serving, giving, and leading. In The Civically Engaged Reader discussion series, we’ll read and reflect on short stories, poems, and essays by writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Dave Eggers, Maya Angelou, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Martin Luther King Jr.


Our second discussion will cover The Civically Engaged Reader Part I: Associating, with special focus on:

  • "Selection from Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville and
  • "Recitatif" by Toni Morrison.

As this anthology notes, “Reading deepens reflection; reflection deepens action.” Whether you volunteer, serve on a committee or board, participate politically, or simply seek to improve our world by joining with others, come explore and find meaning in these efforts. Copies available through our catalog.


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Author Mark Farina: "Casey and the Flying Fortress"

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

Meet Mark Farina, author of “Casey and the Flying Fortress: The True Story of a World War II Bomber Pilot and Crew.”  This is a story of  Farina’s father, a young man from Chicago who became  copilot of a bomber in Europe during World War II—from training, to the assembly of his B-17 crew, the men’s struggles after becoming prisoners of war, and the discovery some 60 years later of details his surviving family and fellow crew members never knew.


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Books and Brews: Pachinko

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.  

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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Architect Douglas Farr: "Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future"

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

Meet architect, planner and author Douglas Farr discuss his ideas from his new book, "Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future." His first book, "Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature" helped shift the focus of urban sustainability from the stand-alone building to the high-performance neighborhood. Given the urgency of the many challenges that society now faces, "Sustainable Nation" hopes to accomplish and even more dramatic shift to focus on how long change takes and the many ways to drive change faster than ever before. The book suggests that society can overcome our major challenges and decarbonization in four generations: the lifetime of a child born today.  The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.


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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12, 19, 21.
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Read & Reflect: When Strangers Meet

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

When Strangers Meet by Kio Stark

Our lives are increasingly insular. We are in a hurry, our heads are down, mind’s elsewhere, we hear only the voices we already recognize and rarely take the effort to experience something or someone new. When Strangers Meet argues for the pleasures and transformative possibilities of talking to people you don’t know.Talking to strangers pulls you into experiences of shared humanity and creates genuine emotional connections, along with deep explorations into the dynamics of where, how, and why strangers come together.  


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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Culture Vultures Book Discussion

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Join Leading Edge, A Greater Good Foundation, and TRIUMPH facilitate a book Circle around Culture Vultures.

Historically, the barber has played an important role in American culture. Besides being the person who gives a fresh cut, he is often the confidant, listening ear, and even sounding board for his clients. Just imagine being a fly on the wall as one of America's most talented barbers interviews one of the most charismatic, controversial, and successful CEO's.

Culture Vultures is an inside look at the creative genius behind some of America's greatest talents and fashion lines. Through a series of candid interviews, Kenyatta Griggs asks compelling and insightful questions that help to shed light on the music mogul, the father, and the man better known as Damon Dash.

The discussion will take place on the following dates: 5/18/18, 6/15/18, 7/13/18, 8/17/18, 9/21/18.

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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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Brown Bag: The Girl In The Ice

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

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza     


A woman’s is found beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park. The victim is a beautiful young socialite who appeared to have the perfect life. Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. When Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. So, what dark secrets was the girl in the ice hiding?


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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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 21.
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One Book: Words on Wednesday: A People's History of Chicago Discussion

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Join us at this special meeting of Words on Wednesdays as we learn and connect around the themes in this summer's One Book, One Oak Park title selection.

"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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Richard Wright's Native Son study group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Explore the esoteric aspects of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son in these unique study group led by Michael Peterson. Mr. Peterson is interested in exploring the book on the intuitive level rather than the way it is more commonly read on the intellectual level. This will be a ten week study group.

Additional dates: April 17, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19.
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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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Detection by Daylight: The Secrets of Wishtide

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders


Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs. Benson, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator.  Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in the neighboring village of Highgate with his wife and ten children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence, her iron discretion, and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When Frederick brings to her attention a case involving the son of the well-respected, highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire to take up a position as the family’s new governess—quickly making herself indispensable.  Laetitia Rodd #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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The Civically Engaged Reader Series

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, May through October, to ponder the meaning of civic activity in its most basic forms: associating, serving, giving, and leading. In The Civically Engaged Reader discussion series, we’ll read and reflect on short stories, poems, and essays by writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Dave Eggers, Maya Angelou, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Martin Luther King Jr.


Our third discussion will cover The Civically Engaged Reader Part II: Serving, with special focus on:

  • "The Drum Major Instinct" by Martin Luther King, Jr. and
  • "What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About Service" by Adam Davis.

As this anthology notes, “Reading deepens reflection; reflection deepens action.” Whether you volunteer, serve on a committee or board, participate politically, or simply seek to improve our world by joining with others, come explore and find meaning in these efforts. Copies available through our catalog.


Additional dates:

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