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One Book, One Oak Park: The Blessings of a Longer Life - Embrace the Journey

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

As we enter our 60's, we are actually playing in the 4th Quarter of our Lives. For many of us,  the 4th Quarter will last up to 40 years. We are pioneers in this new time of life with extended opportunities for new adventures and renewment. We are also “rookies” in creating our playbooks for our long-term futures. Options and choices for how and where we hope to live are important questions for ourselves, our parents and our significant others to explore. We are planners by nature; planning  for education or our next move; but what are your plans for long term care? Have you even thought about this?

Aging is universal; we are all aging. However, talking about aging or older age is often ignored or avoided.The subject remains mysterious with little understanding of the options available over the course of our later years.This panel of experts will break down barriers and open the door to discussing aging. Our experts will examine the choices for community living, housing opportunities,and explain how we insure that our plans for living through the 4th quarter reflect our goals and values. Join us to learn how to embrace the journey excited and prepared!

Maribeth J. Stein of Senior Life Consulting, Mary Raleigh from the Law Offices of Mary J. Raleigh, and Jan Steiner of Senior Transitions Concierge, will speak. Louis Starmann of Senior Life Consulting will moderate the session. Bring your concerns and questions for these panelists.



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One Book: Estates & Wills

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Learn tips for setting up an estate or will, and feel more prepared financially with presenter Jim Flanagan.  Jim Flanagan works with the Bentron Financial Group, an organization that works to "help people clarify the social, health and financial issues they need to understand as they age."

Learn more about summer events related to 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: "Frontline: Being Mortal" Film Screening & Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join us for a screening and discussion of "Being Mortal," a PBS Frontline film that originally aired in 2015.  

From PBS: The film follows writer and surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. It investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors, Gawande included, are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited, and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

Gawande is also the author of the book "Being Mortal," this summer's One Book, One Oak Park selection. 

After the screening, a representative from Be@Ease will facilitate group discussion of the film. Be@Ease is a suburban Chicago nonprofit organization that focuses on family-friendly advanced care planning.

Learn more about summer events related to 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: Saving and Investing Apps

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
Get help crossing off those bucket list items by saving the dollars to accomplish them!

Explore some of our favorite saving and investing apps in this interactive class. Bring your own device or use a library computer.

Learn more about summer events related to 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: 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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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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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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One Book: Hard Conversations about Serious Illness and Mortality

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Offsite
Dominican University - River Forest
Talking about serious illness and dying is difficult. How can we best approach these conversations with loved ones? Explore steps to begin these hard and important discussions.

Facilitated by Dominican University Assistant Professor of Social Work and Gerontology Julie Bach, PhD, LCSW and Director of St. Catherine of Siena Center Rachel Winter Hart, PhD, this event will be held offsite at:

Dominican University, Priory Campus
Aula Auditorium
7200 W. Division St.
River Forest, IL, 60305
708.714.9100

Learn more about summer events related to 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: 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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One Book: Financial Planning

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Feeling overwhelmed by all financial adulting you need to do? Learn some basic financial planning strategies with presenter Jim Flanagan.  Jim Flanagan works with the Bentron Financial Group, an organization that works to "help people clarify the social, health and financial issues they need to understand as they age."

Learn more about summer events related to 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: Wrap Up Discussion

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Celebrate the end of our summer program with a panel discussion. The panel members include Lydia Manning, an associate professor of gerontology at Concordia University; Dr. Mary Ann Bender, a podiatrist in Oak Park; Amy Schigelone, a lecturer at the University of Chicago; and Diane Slezak, chief operating officer at AgeOptions.

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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