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E-Team of Oak Park & River Forest

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Equity Team Meeting
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Shake, Rattle, and Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm. Held in Main Library Veterans Room.
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Dole: Young & Restless

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months.  Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Maze: Terrific Tales for 2s and 3s

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
This class is designed for two- and three-year-olds with caregiver support. Two-year-olds are learning how to sit, listen and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel successful. Longer books and imaginative games are paired with more complex stories and rhymes to reinforce at home. 
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Dole: Baby Playgroup

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
For babies up to 24 months, with a caregiver. Hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child.
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Maze: Toddler Playgroup

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
For 2- and 3-year-olds, with a caregiver. Hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child. 
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Brown Bag: The Missing File

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

Honlon, a suburb of Tel Aviv is a place without murder or any other heinous crimes. However, when 16-year-old Ofer doesn’t return home from school, Israeli Inspector Avraham Avraham must investigate his disappearance. Right away Avraham realizes he must explore all leads that includes the high school teacher who tutored Ofer, to the estranged father of the missing boy, and the anonymous phone calls he keeps receiving. But first, he must separate the truth from the lies.

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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Inspiring Minds

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Conference Room
Spaces Reservation

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2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Spaces Reservation

100% Career & College Ready

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
Library-wide
100% Career & College Ready is a program of the Equity Team of Oak Park and River Forest and is supported by the Oak Park Public Library, Triton College and Americorps, all working together to provide the resources and support our children need to be successful.
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Teen Service Club

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Help with a variety of projects, which will include working with library materials, crafting for library programs and displays, and completing service projects for local organizations. Have an idea for a project? Let us know!

Teen volunteers will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm, as often as their schedules allows. All teens (ages 13-18) are welcome! Ask Rachael or Sharon for more information.
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Main: Sensory Storytime

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for children with special needs ages 3 and up with caregiver support. Classes are structured with Boardmaker schedules and include fun picture books and songs, along with fine and gross motor movement activities. Special supports like lap weights and fidget toys are available to help children be successful. Siblings welcome.
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Let's Conversate

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Meet resident artist Jon Veal as he joins today's "Let's Conversate" program.

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Democratic Party of Oak Park

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Spaces Reservation
Registration is open

SAT Subject Test Prep Class: CANCELLED

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.

The Princeton Review invites you to get a stress-free sneak peek at the SAT Subject Tests. Students will walk away understanding what the SAT Subject Tests are, whether or not to take particular tests, and what to expect on test day.

Please register if you would like to be alerted when it is rescheduled.

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Girl Scout Troop 41757

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Spaces Reservation

Tapestry of Oak Park Condominiums

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Spaces Reservation
Event is full

Tech Workshop: Basic Microsoft Excel

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
This workshop introduces attendees to Microsoft Excel and its most common uses and applications. Topics include basic worksheet navigation and editing. Knowledge of computer basics is required.
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World War I and America Book Discussion: The Summer Before the War

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

It's the summer of 1914, and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England, is about to take an interesting turn as the shadow of the Great War looms ever closer to home. Enjoy a discussion of best-selling author Helen Simonson's historical novel, The Summer Before the War, led by Linda Ivy Miller. This book is full of the same wit, romance, and insight into the manners and morals of small-town British life as the author's beloved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

This event is part of our World War I and America program at the library this October and November. This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Your Child's Brilliant Brain: A Two-Part Parent Workshop with Stefanie Frank (Part 2)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room

Your Child's Brilliant Brain: A Two-Part Parent Workshop with Stefanie Frank

Whether you are a parent, teacher or leader, in this workshop, you'll learn how to cultivate conditions that can unleash the next generation's brilliance. We'll be looking at the brain science behind how adversity and toxic stress, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), affect learning and executive functioning, as well as how empathy, connection, and self-expression are "neurobiological imperatives" for brain growth and maturity, for babies to teens. Register for one or both sessions.

Stefanie Frank is a psychologist specializing in neuroscience and child and adolescent development. She trained at the New York University Institute of Prevention Science, Child Study Center, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Education and Rehabilitation Center (CERC), where she designed and facilitated social and emotional skills training interventions for toddlers, pre-K students, and parents. Her work focuses on the cross-section of neuroscience, mindfulness, and social-emotional development to help people uncover the mind's natural ability to manifest highly desirable outcomes in all aspects of life.

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Main: Terrific Tales for 2s and 3s

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for two- and three-year-olds with caregiver support. Two-year-olds are learning how to sit, listen and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel successful. Longer books and imaginative games are paired with more complex stories and rhymes to reinforce at home. Limit: 25. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.
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cuentalo en espanol

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Enjoy a storytime with lively songs and books all in spanish!
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Maze: Shake, Rattle and Read

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm.
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Maze: All Ages Playgroup

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
For children 0-5 years. Hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child.
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Community Conversation

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

What kind of community do you want to live in?

You are invited to share your aspirations for your community of Oak Park. Executive Director David J. Seleb will moderate five Harwood Community Conversations, which are open to everyone, at the library this fall on:

  • Monday, September 18, 6–7:30 pm, in the Main Library Small Meeting Room. RSVP now >
  • Wednesday, October 18, 12–1:30 pm, at Maze Branch. RSVP now >
  • Thursday, October 19, 12–1:30 pm, at Dole Branch. RSVP now >
  • Saturday, November 4, 10-11:30 am, in the Main Library Small Meeting Room. RSVP now >
  • Thursday, November 9, 6–7:30 pm, in the Main Library Community Engagement Space. RSVP now >

Why is the library doing this?

The goal of these 90-minute "kitchen-table conversations" is to gain public knowledge about community aspirations using a time-tested discussion guide. Join a group of 10-15 of your fellow community members, where all can come together to talk about community and how best to move that community forward. 

“A community conversation is an opportunity to talk about what matters most to you—your aspirations—and about a shared vision of the future,” Seleb said.

To learn more or to host an on-site conversation with your community organization, please contact David at d.seleb@oppl.org.

Please register to help us plan ahead for this event. We look forward to hearing your aspirations for Oak Park!

Learn more about Harwood Community Conversations >

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