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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: Multicultural Collection & Book Discussion

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Participate in our library-led discussion of the One Book, One Oak Park selection Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End and explore artifacts from our Multicultural Learning Collection that relates to mortality.

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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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. 
Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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One Book: 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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New Moms Book Club: "Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight"

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Maze Branch
Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is a memoir of life with Alexandra Fuller and her family on a farm in Rhodesia. After the Rhodesian Bush War ended in 1980, the Fullers moved to Malawi, and then to Zambia. 

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 Maze Branch behind the desk.

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One Book: Bring Your Own Baby (BYOB) Book Discussion: "Being Mortal"

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
For caregivers with young children. Toys and books will be provided for babies and toddlers while grown-ups participate.

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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Read & Reflect: "I Will Always Write Back"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka

Two memoirs in one book. It started out as a class assignment and became a friendship. Authors Caitlin Alifirenka from America and Martin Ganda from Zimbabwe share how their human connection was stronger than the 9,000 miles between them.

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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"Black Labor, White Wealth" Book Discussion-Pt.1

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Join a frank discussion of the economic disenfranchisement of Black America. The July 22 discussion is part 1 of a 4 part series which will examine Dr. Claud Anderson's writing about the causes and enduring underlying structure for the consolidation of wealth and power within a closed white system built on black labor, while restricting gains for those outside that system.
July 22 - Part 1 
Aug. 5 -Part 2
Sep. 9 - Part 3 
Oct. 14-Part 4
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Detection by Daylight: "Bootlegger's Daughter"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron

Deborah Knott is an attorney and the daughter of an infamous North Carolina bootlegger. Known for her knowledge of the region's past and popular with the locals, Deb is asked by 18-year-old Gayle Whitehead to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother Janie, who died when Gayle was an infant. Deborah Knott 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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"Black Labor, White Wealth" Book Discussion-Pt.2

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Join a frank discussion of the economic disenfranchisement of Black America. This 4 part series will examine Dr. Claud Anderson's writing about the causes and enduring underlying structure of the consolidation of wealth and power within a closed white system built on black labor, while restricting gains for those outside that system.
July 22 - Part 1
Aug. 5 - Part 2
Sep. 9 - Part 3
Oct. 14 - Part 4
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Books and Brews: "Ready Player One"

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
BeerShop

Stuffed with action, puzzles, and 80s nostalgia, Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. When the creator of OASIS dies he leave behind an intricate scavenger hunt where the winner receives his fortune and control of the OASIS. When Wade Watts stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill for the prize. The race is on, and if Wade is going to survive, he'll have to win.

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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Afriware Caribbean Independence Book Festival

2:00 PM - 5:00 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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Afriware Caribbean Independence Book Festival

2:00 PM - 5:30 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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Brown Bag: "The Crocodile Bird"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell

Liza and her mother live an uneventful life in the gatehouse of an isolated British estate. But when the police come searching for a missing man, their quiet world begins to fall apart. Piece by piece, Liza reveals her mother’s tale of betrayal, desire, and obsession.

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: "Commonwealth"

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited.  Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly -thus setting into motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of the two families.  Spanning five decades, bestselling author Ann Patchett's Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. 

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: "The Devil's Highway"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Devil's Highway: a true story by Luis Alberto Urrea

In May 2001, 26 men traveled along the 666 interstate, known as the Devil’s Highway, and only 12 survived. The highway is an area so dangerous, Border Patrol is unwilling to use it. This journey through the labyrinth of sand and sunlight well over 100 degrees, these courageous and determined spirits stayed the course on the road to freedom. 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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Maggie Anderson book discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Author, Maggie Anderson and her family's determination to purchase ONLY from Black businesses for a full year revealed hard truths about the depth of the black wealth disparity and economic disenfranchisement . Her book, "Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy", chronicles the journey, which prompted her to create the Black Empowerment Experiment Foundation in 2012.


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Detection by Daylight: "Beekeeper's Apprentice"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes' pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.  Mary Russell 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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"Black Labor, White Wealth" Book Discussion-Pt.3

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Join a frank discussion of the economic disenfranchisement of Black America. This 4 part series will examine Dr. Claud Anderson's writing about the causes and enduring underlying structure of the consolidation of wealth and power within a closed white system built on black labor, while restricting gains for those outside that system.
July 22 - Part 1
Aug. 5 - Part 2
Sep. 9 - Part 3
Oct. 14 - Part 4
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History in Fiction and Non-Fiction: Books for the Post-Truth Age: Authors Bellinger and Rulli

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

Meet Steve Bellinger, author of the science fiction/time travel novel, The Chronocar, and Joseph Rulli, self-proclaimed history nerd and author of The Chicago Haymarket Affair, who will share information about historical research in fiction and non-fiction. Designed for both readers and writers, their presentation will help researchers and writers learn to tell a fuller, more objective story of past events for the betterment of life today.

In The Chronocar, a contemporary African American IIT student discovers plans for a time machine developed by a turn-of-the-century scientist, the son of a slave. The student visits 1919 Chicago (in what is now Bronzeville) at the time of the Red Summer Race Riots were personal and historical adventures unfold.

Author Joseph Rulli used actual court transcripts and other reliable sources to tell a definitive account of events surrounding the Haymarket Riot of 1886 -- and help establish a clearer understanding of its historical significance. Books will be for sale and signing.


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