Oops!
Start Date is not before End Date

Filter Events by



VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE

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.

* 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.

View More

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.


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

View More

VIRTUAL: Fireside Chat with Dr. Eve L. Ewing

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Join us in a virtual conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing, award-winning author and assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, as we begin a new series of programming inspired by our Anti-Racism Resources. Dr. Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. 

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. This event will be interpreted live in American Sign Language (ASL).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Ewing’s nonfiction work, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, which examines the 2013 wave of targeted school closings in Chicago’s predominately low-income and African-American south side neighborhoods, is included in our Anti-Racism Resource Guide. Her most recent work, 1919, a selection from last year’s summerlong adult reading program, is a unique collection of poems exploring the story of the Chicago Race Riots of 1919, an event largely neglected in modern discourse. She is also the author of a book of poems, Electric Arches, an imaginative exploration of black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose, which was awarded the 2018 American Library Association Alex Award. She is currently continuing to write the Champions series for Marvel Comics and working on her next book, Original Sins: The (Mis)education of Black and Native Children and the Construction of American Racism.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

This conversation will be moderated by reporter and author Natalie Moore. Moore covers segregation and inequality for Chicago’s WBEZ. Moore’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace, and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. 

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT

This event is presented by Addison Public Library District, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Aurora Public Library District, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Gail Borden Public Library District, Glenview Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Lake Villa Public Library, Oak Park Public Library, Skokie Public Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, and Wilmette Public Library.

View More

VIRTUAL: Midday Meditation (New time!)

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Now on Tuesdays! You've likely heard people talk about the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. 

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

About the instructor
Teacher Betsy Grimm is a yoga and meditation instructor who is drawn to practices to help manage mood, anxiety, and depression. 
View More

VIRTUAL: Mic Check Public Speaking Series

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Discover how to gain greater confidence and minimize your fears in this public speaking program! For high school and college students (ages 13-24), this five-week, online workshop series provides guidance from a seasoned instructor and opportunities to practice presenting in front of others. Each session is one hour a week.

Our first session was awesome, and there's still time to join! Please register on or before February 23 to participate in the remaining four sessions of this series. And check out this video to learn more »

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

Who is this online course for?

  1. High school and college students (ages 13-24) who want to share their gifts and talents with the world but struggle to feel confident to express themselves with others.
  2. Young adults who have something to say/share, but need help building self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Young adults who want to empower and motivate others through their personal stories.
  4. Young adults who want to be in a space to connect and engage with other people.
  5. Young adults who would like to become a public speaker but don’t know where to start.

What you'll learn

  • Get strategies for developing a speech
  • Practice presenting virtually
  • Become familiar with talking in front of people
  • Learn skills that will enable you to overcome your fear of public speaking
  • Identify reasons for uneasiness
  • Discover preparation tools designed to boost your confidence
  • Plan and present a presentation from opening to close that will have a positive impact on your audience

Course schedule
Join us virtually Tuesdays, February 16 - March 16, Time: 5:30-6:30 pm:

  • February 16: Icebreaker: introduction to public speaking, learn the dos and don’ts, and watch a short video clip
  • February 23: Check-in round: review the parts of speech, learn valuable public speaking tools, and write a brief impromptu speech
  • March 2: Check-in round: watch a short video clip and learn confidence-building strategies and engagement techniques to connect with your audience
  • March 9: Check-in round: share, review, and critique speeches
  • March 16: Check-in round: come prepared to present your five-minute speech to a virtual audience

About the instructor
Ms. Darcel Washington is passionate about helping teens and young adults build their confidence through public speaking. She is a seasoned public speaker, mentor, educator, and Teen Services Specialist at the Oak Park Public Library. She has mastered engaging and connecting with her audience in an unforgettable way and is excited about helping you do the same.

View More

VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and 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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all March storytime classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
View More

VIRTUAL MEETING: Detection By Daylight Mystery Book Discussion: These Honored Dead

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space

In March, we will read These Honored Dead by Jonathan Putnam, written in 2016.  This is the first of a series of 4 novels featuring young Abraham Lincoln Lincoln and Joshua Speed.  Inspired by actual events, the author skillfully captures the pioneer times of the 1830’s in Springfield, IL where Lincoln and Speed were real-life roommates.  In this first novel, Joshua Speed is an amateur detective who is intent to determine why a dead girl was found in a neighboring town.  Lincoln brings his legal expertise and they work together to solve the crime.  


Detection by Daylight is a book group that meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 12 pm. We discuss detective mystery stories, often the first book of a series and sometimes standalone books.  The group has been running since 2011 and always met at the Maze library. For now, we are using the library's Zoom platform.  It is open to all so please join us!


The eBook and audiobook are on the Hoopla platform for Oak Park Public Library card holders.


All library virtual meeting space rentals are open to the public and follow the library’s meeting spaces policy. This virtual meeting will be hosted by Detection by Daylight. Please contact the non-library organizer listed here for more information about this meeting.


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


View More

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.


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

View More

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: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar.
View More

VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and 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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all March storytime classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
View More

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 HERE: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
View More

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 HERE: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

View More

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.


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

View More

VIRTUAL: Chair Yoga

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
New series! Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences during these bi-weekly chair yoga sessions. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain.

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

What to know before you join
  • Chair yoga and meditation are accessible and open for all
  • Dress comfortably
  • Find a location where you can focus and dedicate 30 minutes to you
  • You are not required to keep your camera on
  • Prepare to take time to match your movement and motion and have a little fun
  • Have a chair that can be stationary
About the instructor
Instructor DuShaun Branch is focused on bringing yoga to as many BIPOC and plus-sized communities as possible. She believes people not only need rest and relaxation, but resistance. Yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “nontraditional” settings all over the city. She intends on taking down as many barriers as possible to bring yoga to those who are looking for calm and relaxed minds. DuShaun truly believes yoga is for all, and shares that throughout Chicago and beyond.

Disclaimer
By joining this class, you declare that you are physically fit and ready to participate in yoga classes and understand that yoga, as with any physical activity, may involve some risk of injury. If at any time you feel discomfort or strain, gently come out of the posture. You may rest at any time during the class. It is your responsibility to consult with your physician with respect to any past or present injury, illness, health problem, or any other condition or medication that may affect your participation.

The participant assumes all risks of injury and illness that may result from such participation. The participant agrees to waive and release the Oak Park Public Library, its officers, employees, trustees, and agents and shall hold such persons/entity harmless from any and all liability for any claim, suit, or other cause of action which might arise from injuries, illness, damages, or loss which may occur on account of participation in such activities.

View More

VIRTUAL Books & Brews: A Woman is No Man

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
A Woman is No Man is a debut novel by an Arab-American voice, and takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America.

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction 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 can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby and Hoopla

Need help getting started with Hoopla or Libby? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library.

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

VIRTUAL: Mic Check Public Speaking Series

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Discover how to gain greater confidence and minimize your fears in this public speaking program! For high school and college students (ages 13-24), this five-week, online workshop series provides guidance from a seasoned instructor and opportunities to practice presenting in front of others. Each session is one hour a week.

Our first session was awesome, and there's still time to join! Please register on or before February 23 to participate in the remaining four sessions of this series. And check out this video to learn more »

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

Who is this online course for?

  1. High school and college students (ages 13-24) who want to share their gifts and talents with the world but struggle to feel confident to express themselves with others.
  2. Young adults who have something to say/share, but need help building self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Young adults who want to empower and motivate others through their personal stories.
  4. Young adults who want to be in a space to connect and engage with other people.
  5. Young adults who would like to become a public speaker but don’t know where to start.

What you'll learn

  • Get strategies for developing a speech
  • Practice presenting virtually
  • Become familiar with talking in front of people
  • Learn skills that will enable you to overcome your fear of public speaking
  • Identify reasons for uneasiness
  • Discover preparation tools designed to boost your confidence
  • Plan and present a presentation from opening to close that will have a positive impact on your audience

Course schedule
Join us virtually Tuesdays, February 16 - March 16, Time: 5:30-6:30 pm:

  • February 16: Icebreaker: introduction to public speaking, learn the dos and don’ts, and watch a short video clip
  • February 23: Check-in round: review the parts of speech, learn valuable public speaking tools, and write a brief impromptu speech
  • March 2: Check-in round: watch a short video clip and learn confidence-building strategies and engagement techniques to connect with your audience
  • March 9: Check-in round: share, review, and critique speeches
  • March 16: Check-in round: come prepared to present your five-minute speech to a virtual audience

About the instructor
Ms. Darcel Washington is passionate about helping teens and young adults build their confidence through public speaking. She is a seasoned public speaker, mentor, educator, and Teen Services Specialist at the Oak Park Public Library. She has mastered engaging and connecting with her audience in an unforgettable way and is excited about helping you do the same.

View More

VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and 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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all March storytime classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
View More

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.


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

View More

VIRTUAL: Anti-Racist Book Group: Ghosts in the Schoolyard

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program

Introducing a new collaborative community event as part of our anti-racism journey: the Anti-Racist Book Group. Hosted in collaboration with the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library, monthly meetings will be virtual, and registration can be found on both libraries' online calendars. Please join us to discuss Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve L. Ewing.

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

Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools." That's how Eve L. Ewing opens Ghosts in the Schoolyard, describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside. The way politicians and pundits and parents of kids who attend other schools talk about them, with a mix of pity and contempt.

But Ewing knows Chicago Public Schools from the inside: as a student, then a teacher, and now a scholar who studies them. And that perspective has shown her that public schools are not buildings full of failures—they're an integral part of their neighborhoods, at the heart of their communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together.

Want to hear more from the author? Don't miss our virtual Fireside Chat with Dr. Eve L. Ewing on March 1 at 6 pm. Register now »

View More

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: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar.
View More

VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle and 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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all March storytime classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
View More

VIRTUAL: Supported Storytime: Animal Circus

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Join librarians live via Zoom for adaptive stories, music, and fun for all ages! Classes are structured with visual schedules, which will be emailed to registered families before the class. This class is hosted by Deerfield Public Library.

This class is designed for children with disabilities ages 3 and up, with caregiver support. Siblings welcome.

REGISTER NOW ON THE DEERFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY WEBSITE: The week of the event, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the class from the Deerfield Public Library. 

About this program series
This class is part of a partnership with Oak Park Public Library, Deerfield Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library, Fox River Valley Public Library District, Glen Ellyn Public Library, Des Plaines Public Library, Skokie Public Library, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Learn more and find other programs »
View More

VIRTUAL: TechGirlz Workshop: You Can Be a Photographer: Photography For Marketing

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program

In this workshop, students in grades 5-8 will learn how to put a new background on their photographs, as well as some other fun features and effects using free computer software (PIXLR) and a smartphone app called PhotoLayers.


They will discover the impact made by editing photos and how the techniques are used in marketing and advertising. Come edit yourself into a beautiful winter wonderland!


Please create a free PIXLR account prior to the workshop. We will provide stock photos to edit, but the student may have their own photos as well. Laptop, Mac, PC, or Chromebook with internet access required.

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

ABOUT TECHGIRLZ

TechGirlz provides workshops to girls, virtually, with the help of industry professionals and community leaders. TechGirlz’ mission is to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers; to develop a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology. Are you a teen ages 15-17 and want to volunteer with TechGirlz? Learn more »


Please join us for any and all virtual programs in this series:

View More

VIRTUAL: Candidate Forum — Oak Park Public Library Trustee Candidates

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

Join us for the Candidate Forum for the Oak Park Public Library Trustee April 6 Municipal Election. This forum is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest, in partnership with the Oak Park Public Library. 

Candidates Sarah Glavin, Matt Fruth, Saria Lofton, Madhurima Chakraborty and, Peter Prokopowicz will start with opening statements, followed by questions for the candidates, and ending with closing statements. Questions can be submitted in advance of the forum at lwvoprf1924@gmail.com or by chat in Zoom during the forum.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOWAfter you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar.

View More