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Tu BiShvat "New Year of Trees"

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Also known as "New Year of Trees," a day trees are planted in celebration. Learn more about Tu BiShvat, one of the four "New Years" on the Jewish calendar through activities, books and artifacts from the Multicultural collection. Best for ages 5+. 
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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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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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Lunar New Year Celebration

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Discover more about the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival through activities, crafts, books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection.  Best for ages 4+.
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Multicultural Crafting

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Learn more about the books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection and create an artifact-inspired craft. Best for ages 5+.

This event will also be held at the Maze Branch on February 7th at 4pm.
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Multicultural Crafting

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Learn more about the books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection and create an artifact-inspired craft. Best for ages 5+.

This event will also be held at the Dole Branch on February 6th at 3:30pm.
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Artifact Discovery: Summer in the Southern Hemisphere

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The winter weather may be dragging on, but it's not winter everywhere-- in fact, it's summer in the Southern Hemisphere! Come channel those summer vibes exploring artifacts and stories from our Multicultural Collection.
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P.R.O.U.D. Thursdays Exploration Workshop: Beatmaking

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
A beat-making learning workshop for aspiring youth producers. Learn beat-making techniques in FL Studio
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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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Artifact Discovery: African Diaspora

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Learn about and celebrate communities around the world that are part of the African diaspora, in the Caribbean, South America, and beyond. This event will feature artifacts, music, and stories from the Multicultural Collection. 

Best for families with kids 5+

More Than a Month promotes and provides year-round opportunities to encourage dialogue in the community and surrounding areas about black history and the African diaspora. Learn more >

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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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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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Multicultural Crafting

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Learn more about the books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection and create an artifact-inspired craft. Best for ages 5+.
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Italian Conversation Hour

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Conference Room
Parliamo Oak Park! Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Italian speakers. All levels are welcome!
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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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Celebrating Holi!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Discover more about the Hindu Spring Festival, Holi. Explore why this beautiful celebration is also known as a "Festival of Colors" or a "Festival of Love." Share stories and create some inspired artwork. Best for ages 5+.
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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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Tasty Treats from Around the World

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Come explore tasty treats from around the world with crafts, food tasting, stories, and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection.
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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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Social-Emotional Learning Series: Disability Identity

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Wondering how to broach certain topics with your children? Looking for ways to support social-emotional learning in your family? This series promotes the use of books, to start some of those conversations. The topic this month is disability identity.

Did you know that most books written about characters who have disabilities are considered harmful and dehumanizing by people who have disabilities? That Wonder and Rules are considered very hurtful? In this interactive workshop, we will explore how books get the disability experience right and wrong, and how to find the best stories. 

This is a family program, developed for children ages 5-8 with their caregivers. 

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