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Detection by Daylight: "American Detective"

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
American Detective by Loren D. Estleman

Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Darius Fuller wants Walker to break off his daughter's engagement to Hilary Bairn, a man he believes is after her two million dollar trust. Walker goes to Bairn's apartment, only to be ambushed by cops. A murder has taken place, and the victim is Fuller's daughter. Walker and the cops assume that Bairn is the murderer, but Walker has no idea what he is getting into. Amos Walker series #19.

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: "Tell The Wolves I'm Home"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
BeerShop
In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them. Tell The Wolves I'm Homeis a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

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 Masque of a Murderer"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins

Finely drawn characters, detailed historical atmosphere, and a tightly-plotted mystery make for yet another compelling read from Susanna Calkins. Set in 17th century England, Lucy Campion, recently employed as a printer’s apprentice, records a Quaker man’s dying words and hears that the man was deliberately pushed into the path of an oncoming horse and cart. Lucy feels compelled to seek the truth, but delving into the dead man’s background might prove more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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: "Blue Flower"

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Set in 18th century Germany, this historical fiction covers the early life of Novalis, a German Romantic poet and philosospher.  Friedrich von Hardenberg or "Fritz" (aka Novalis) seeks his father's permission to marry Sophie von Kuhn, who happens to be a plain and naive girl.  His family and friends are astounded to learn about Friedrich's attachment for Sophie.  "Blue Flower" is an examination of young Fritz's life, love, and purpose.  Explore Fritz's world in this award winning masterpiece by Penelope Fitzgerald.

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult & Teen Service 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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Read & Reflect: "Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert follows geologists, botanists and other researchers to track species that are facing extinction during the current sixth extinction.

Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day.

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.

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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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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
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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Lives They Lived:"Being Mortal"

7:30 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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Registration is open

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Lives They Lived: " My Life In France"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Preud'homme 

“This is a book about some of the things I have loved most in life:  my husband, Paul Child; la belle France; and the many pleasures of cooking and eating.” 
So writes Julia Child in the introduction to My Life in France.   A collection of linked autobiographical stories, mostly focused on the years between 1948 and 1954, she recounts in detail the culinary experiences she and her husband, Paul Child, enjoyed while living in Paris, Marseille, and Provence.

In The Lives They Lived, we gain insight into the world of extraordinary individuals, our own existence, and perhaps human condition at large. 

Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
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One Book One Oak Park-Words on Wednesday: "Being Mortal"

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

BYOBook Discussion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion 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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