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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 Widows of Malabar Hill

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

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey


Perveen Mistry, the daughter of the respected Zoroastrian family joins her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. When her family’s firm agrees to handle the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim who left behind three widows, Perveen notices something strange. As she goes through Farid’s papers, they show that all three of his wives have signed over their inheritance to a charity. Questions start to to surface for Perveen. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? No matter the answer, the investigation eventually escalates to murder.


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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The No Shush Salon Summer Open Mic

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

This Summer is all about Rockin' the Open Mic (er, podium)! We look forward to celebrating your yet-to-be-published stories, experimental music, recently choreographed dances, trial comedy, and so much more.

We have 15 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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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: And Only to Deceive

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

And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander


Emily agreed to wed Philip, the Viscount Ashton, primarily to escape her overbearing mother. Philip's death while on safari soon after their wedding left Emily feeling little grief, for she barely knew the dashing stranger.  But her discovery of his journals nearly two years later reveals a far different man than she imagined-a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who apparently loved his new wife deeply. Emily's desire to learn more about her late husband leads her through the quiet corners of the British Museum and into a dangerous mystery involving rare stolen artifacts.  Lady Emily #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: Pachinko

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

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.
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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 fifth discussion will cover The Civically Engaged Reader Part IV: Leading, with special focus on:

  • "The Wife of His Youth" by Charles Waddell Chestnut and
  • "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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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Books & Brews: The Handmaid's Tale

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, delve into the brutal alternate world where handmaid Offred must endure a society where women able to conceive are forced to bear children for prominent men.

 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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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: Crimson Lake

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

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox


Can a man rebuild his life after the media describes him as the pedophile who kidnapped, raped, and strangled a 13-year-old girl and left her for dead?  Accused, but not convicted of the crime, Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life is permanently changed and he will live his life as public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile at Queensland, Crimson Lake with the knowledge that he can be re-arrested if or when more evidence is discovered. So, how do you move on when the world won’t let you?


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: Frankenstein

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein; the classic tale of the infamous creature and its creator. 

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

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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Read & Reflect: Red Notice

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

Red Notice: a true story of high finance, murder, and one man’s fight for justice by Bill Browder


It may be that "Russian stories  never have happy endings," but Bill Browder's account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin's thugocracy. For a  while, his interests coincided with those of Putin, still busy consolidating power, doing his own bit to rein in the oligarchs. By 2000, Browder, founder and  CEO of the Hermitage Fund, helmed "the best performing emerging-markets fund in the world." By 2005, however, secure in his authority, Putin revoked Browder's visa, branding him "a  threat to national security." There followed a series of moves against Browder and Hermitage, including the raiding of the company's Moscow offices on trumped-up charges of tax evasion and , most notoriously, the arrest, imprisonment, beating and  death of tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who had helped expose government crime. Browder's unceasing efforts to achieve justice for his murdered friend and employee culminated in the 2012 Magnitsky Act, a human rights landmark that named and shamed the responsible Russian officials, and exposed Putin’s vindictive retaliatory measures against Browder and the act


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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Registration begins 8/22/2018 at 8:00 AM

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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Author Paul Teodo: Pastaman

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

Chicago in the 1960s was a hard place to be for young Tony Tormenti. Racial strife, political corruption, and changing social values have torn apart his world. He is assaulted by conflicting messages from his Catholic school and his damaged drunken father, and the black spot he acknowledges stains his soul.

Pastaman is a coming-of-age story reverberating in the rhythms of a great city in turmoil, reflected through the characters living in Tony's South Side Italian neighborhood. Tony's life is a painful journey from the depths of despair to miraculous recovery and redemption.

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Detection by Daylight: The Cold Dish

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

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson


Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, knows he's got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces one of the more volatile and challenging cases in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.   Walt Longmire #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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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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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 fifth discussion will explore the question: What is justice?, with special focus on:

  • "Second Inaugural Address" by Abraham Lincoln and
  • "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. (copies of the letter will be available at the discussion).

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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Books & Brews: Little Fires Everywhere

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
Discover Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, where a quiet suburb in Shaker Heights, Ohio is shaken up by the arrival of mysterious artist Mia Warren and her teenage daughter Pearl. They bring with them secrets and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

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. 
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Author Robert K Elder: "The Mixtape of My Life"

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

No matter which musical generation you belong to, or whether your musical tastes range from doo-wop to Daft Punk, The Mixtape of My Life: A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir can be an instant conversation starter among friends and family--and a great way to rediscover the special tunes that played during key moments of your life. Meet author Robert K. Elder and  hear some of his own music stories. 


Everyone has those songs that take them back--to their first love, their favorite concert, or a memorable Saturday morning cartoon. The Mixtape of My Life provides more than 200 questions and prompts to help readers chronicle their lives through music and explore their personal soundtrack. Evoking memories, stories, and long-forgotten mix tapes, this guided journal includes questions like "What was the first record you owned?" and "What song did you later realize was smutty?" and provides room to draw a favorite album cover or create the perfect road trip playlist. With dozens of quirky illustrations throughout, The Mixtape of My Life can be a great tool for your next dinner party, or simply something any music lover can enjoy for themselves.  The Book Table will have books for sale and signing.  

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Brown Bag: The Draining Lake

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriadson.   

A left-wing, female student from Iceland disappeared after being sent to Communist East Germany (the heavenly state) during the Cold War Era.  She reappears as a skeleton in a lake after an earthquake causes the water level to drop in an Icelandic lake.  There’s an espionage angle as Russian inscriptions are found on a heavy radio device that was tied to her body to weigh her 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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What's Your Favorite Novel?

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join us to share your favorite novel with the group.
We will talk about our favorite books and take a look at the "Great American Read's" top 100 list. 
Chances are, you'll go home with a "to read" list of your own.
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Words on Wednesday:Return: Fathers, Sons & The Land in Between

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

This Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Hisham Matar, recounts a devoted son’s quest for his father, who was kidnapped and imprisoned in Libya. It is a study of transformation in the bonds that tie fathers and sons, a tale of love, loyalty and courage. The Return won the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.

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: Magellan: Over the Edge Of The World

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
  
The first European expedition to circle the globe, ended on September 6, 1522 when a battered ship with 18 malnourished sailors appeared on the coast of Spain.  Originally five ships and 260 sailors set out in 1519.  What happened to the ships and men, including Magellan?  The answer is an amazing and horrific tale of mutiny, murder and triumph.

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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Registration is open

Culture Vultures Book Discussion

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

Join Leading Edge partner with 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.

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