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VIRTUAL: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Join other English language learners to practice English and learn new vocabulary in an informal setting. Conversation Facilitators will lead the session with a variety of topics for conversation. Free and open to all English language learners.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar
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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all September storytimes.
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VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.
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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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VIRTUAL: Adult Improv

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. 
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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all September storytimes.
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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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VIRTUAL: French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for a casual hour of 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.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the fun.

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Virtual Halloween Parade: Open for Submissions

All Day
Virtual & Offsite
We miss the school and Hemingway District costume parades, as well as seeing your littles all dressed up in the library. We're betting that your kids miss showing off, as well, so we have created our first ever Virtual Halloween Parade! 

Share your photos by October 22 to be part of the big show: Submit your photos now 


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VIRTUAL: Midday Meditation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for a restorative midday meditation led by instructor and practitioner Betsy Grimm. 

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Beatlemania With Professor Moptop

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program

Love the Beatles? Join Beatle expert Professor Moptop (Gregory Alexander) to discuss BEATLEMANIA and all the excitement surrounding it. Using rare audio and news clips, the Professor will discuss 1963 and 1964—the time period during which the Beatles fame spread throughout Europe, just before they came to America. Professor Moptop has made several guest appearances on Terri Hemmert’s WXRT radio show titled, “Breakfast with the Beatles.”

REGISTER IN ZOOM. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar.

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Opening Ceremony

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Throughout October, the conference will be held via Zoom. Individual sessions will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The goal of this year’s conference is to provide the community with strategies to cope in these extreme times. “2020 has been very difficult for everyone,” says the library’s Manager of Teen Services Stephen Jackson. “This year’s conference is about ways people can support themselves and others, find balance, and find tools just to connect. Connection is something so many of us need right now.”

Each week, we’ll explore one of the four quadrants of the medicine wheel.

  • Opening Ceremony: Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm
  • Week 1: Mental (October 7 & 9)
  • Week 2: Spiritual (October 14 & 16)
  • Week 3: Emotional (October 21 & 23)
  • Week 4: Physical (October 28)
  • Closing Ceremony: Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm

We’ll be releasing more information, dates, and times in the coming weeks. 


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VIRTUAL: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Join other English language learners to practice English and learn new vocabulary in an informal setting. Conversation Facilitators will lead the session with a variety of topics for conversation. Free and open to all English language learners.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar
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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Saturday October storytimes.
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VIRTUAL: Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off long stories, all levels are welcome. No class, no formal lesson—just practice for current Spanish speakers.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event.

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VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers' group for writers of all types and genre. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will spend some time writing!

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to to join the event.
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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 1, we are highlighting the mental component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your mental well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

11:15am-12:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

2pm-3pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

3:15am-4:15pm Jacquelyn Eadie- My Mind Shapes my World

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm Peter Howstrawser- Growth Mindset

7:15pm-8:15pm Frances Kraft- The Power of Partnerships

BIOS

Jacquelyn Eadie is the Executive Director for Project Increase which was founded in 2015.  Their mission is to destroy poverty through education and opportunity.  Areas of focus are education, employment, business development, restorative justice & trauma.  Project Increase takes these issues and examine their relationship to poverty, thereby identifying economic gaps in the community and filling them with economic solutions. 

Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting information systems from Devry University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Finance as well a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Keller Graduate School of Management and has worked in finance for over 10 years.  She is employed with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics where I oversee their Accounts Receivables. She partnered with Project Increase because of her need to take the knowledge that she acquired to help my neighborhood which was economically disadvantaged.  Her goal is to empower voices in making key economic decisions that will improve their overall quality of life.


Peter Hostrawser has been a business educator in the Chicago area for over 20 years founding the OPRF School of Business at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Peter is the host of the Disrupt Education Podcast showcasing creative and non-traditional learners and their stories and thoughts on how to change education. He along with Audrey Boyle and Dr. Peter A. James co-founded Hall pass Education which specializes in connecting academia to reality for business and individuals. Peter is an entrepreneur and change agent for traditional educational systems and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and continue their paths to success.

Contact info:
twitter @peterhostrawser
IG @officialpeterhostrawser

FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities. www.feelreal.net




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VIRTUAL: Let's Make Music!

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join Children's staff and other families on Zoom for fun with music! We'll sing, dance, clap, and make music together with instruments that we make and play at home. Best for kids up through age 6.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Wednesday October classes.
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VIRTUAL: Detection By Daylight - Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
In Curious Minds, Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of mysteries featuring Emerson Knight and Riley Moon, a dynamic duo with instant and undeniable chemistry.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form.
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register in Zoom, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. 
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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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VIRTUAL: Medicare Educational Seminar

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Medicare can be confusing. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, and your potential out of pocket exposure, and learn about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 1, we are highlighting the mental component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your mental well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Tatiana Swancy- Mental Balance. Join Tatiana, a Oak Park Public Library staff and trained Circle Keeper will facilitate a Circle on mental balance. 

11:15am-12:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

2pm-3pm Zaire Brooks- Activity and its Effects on Mental Health In this workshop Zaire Brooks will explore how incorporating healthy physical activity can help you improve but not focus on the physical progress that comes along with it, but really emphasizing its impact on your mental well-being. 

3:15am-4:15pm Josephine Horace-Jackson- Endogenous/Exogenous Depression and Anxiety: Trauma in the House This workshop will examine the difference between the two forms of depression and how they can be correlated to genetic, environmental, and social factors. Also, how mental health in many areas have gone largely ignored, which causes undue stressors and or triggers that continually has an effect on our daily lives.

5pm-6pm Sadiah Rothleutner- Therapy The purpose of this workshop is to get people who aren’t actively in therapy understand more about the benefits of it and learn why it’s important to hopefully go to therapy.

6pm-7pm Kaleigh Clarke- Writing Poetry This workshop will entail a virtual poetry writing workshop so bring your pen and pad. 

7:15pm-8:15pm Josh Easter & Cody Cotton- Perpetual Self-Learning  A part of the leadership team of A Greater Good Foundation will facilitate a virtual workshop in the mental quadrant of the medicine wheel entitled "Perpetual Self Learning". This dynamic duo has lead many social and emotional learning workshops through their organization- A Greater Good Foundation. They have been blessed to transform the lives of numerous underprivileged male youth by providing them with opportunities to excel in life.

BIOS

Zaire Brooks is a 19-year-old Sophomore at Triton College studying music technology and sound production. He is a recording artist who has been writing and releasing music since 2017. Since then he has participated in several performance events in cities such as Miami as well as Chicago downtown. Some of these events more specifically include the “Showcase Tour competition” hosted by “Open Stage Club” in Miami, and the “Emcee Olympics” that took place in Chicago. Zaire is a part of the social justice group held at the Oak Park public library titled “Living History” who were responsible for hosting the “Community Control of Police” zoom video conference most recently and has been working together with them since 2018.  He has also served as a student mentor to spoken word students at OPRF. Zaire is a kind hearted, community focused, jovial individual looking to improve the quality of the lives around him and within communities. He sees is role as pushing forward the expansion of the definition of black excellence.

Josephine Horace-Jackson is a mother to 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. She is a surrogate and adoptive mother to countless across this Nation. Her professional life has consisted of 27 years in various areas of Healthcare. Having to retire early because of an illness, she has taken that knowledge and combined it with education and training in the field of Criminal Justice, Lobbying, Prison Reform and Policy Making. She is involved with several nonprofit organizations around the Chicagoland area, not failing to mention being the Director of her very own. Magnificent Moms is partnered with Dynamic Dad and they as a collaborative team endeavor to reconcile the Family Unit through holistic, integrative, and functional modalities.

Cody Cotton is the Co-founder and Chief of Heart of A Greater Good Foundation. This organization was co-founded by a few young men to educate and serve diverse communities through unique service opportunities, mentor youth, and house young men in a residential extended learning community.

 

As they work towards their goal of building Chicago's first residential high school for high risk youth, Cody co-founded a holistic fitness company, Rapture Lifestyle.  Throughout his mission, Cody aims to create safe spaces that not only allow people to build perspective, understanding, and community but to show up as their best selves.

 

Since then, Cody has excelled in his passion of philanthropy and education by advocating AGGF’s cause on platforms such as WGCI, NBC News, and TEDx. He is persistently focused on his mission of serving and educating globally.


Joshua Easter was born in Oak Park, IL and raised in Chicago and Proviso Township. Being around different communities made him want to improve neighborhoods that were less fortunate economically. He attended Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC where he majored in Sport Management. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University, while also working as a Teaching Assistant for children with Autism. He strives to create positive relationships and improve self-confidence through restorative practices, sports, recreation, personal development and mentorship.


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VIRTUAL: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Stamped From the Beginning

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month's book: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

Stamped offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

Books are available at the service desk in the Main Library Lobby. Copies also can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby. Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library »

Middle School Book Group is an open discussion as everyone goes around sharing their thoughts and opinions on the literature, which is geared toward their age group.

Please join us for any and all meetings:
October 9: Stamped by Jason Reynolds
November 20: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
December 11: This Was Our Pact (graphic novel) by Ryan Andrews
January 15: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
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