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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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: Try-It Thursday: Naruto Headband Design

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for an online session of creating Naruto headbands and talking about all things manga! Students in grades 4-8 are invited to discover their creative abilities that will build on calming the mind and body. Learn artistic techniques to help deal with school stressors and build on positive thinking. Young adults will engage with friends while sharing their creative and awe-inspiring visual designs with one another.

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

Supplies needed:
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 black marker
  • 4 round-head paper fasteners
  • 1 piece of brushed metal card stock or tinfoil (cut to 2 by 2 inches)
  • 1 piece of black or navy fabric (cut to 4 inches wide by 36 inches long)
Need supplies? Request a Try-It Thursday kit, and we'll let you know when it's ready for pickup at the Main Library »

Please join us for any and all upcoming virtual Try-It Thursday dates and activities:
We're planners but we're also spontaneous, and flexible! So topics might change closer to each date.

WHAT IS TRY IT THURSDAY?
Try It Thursday is a program for young adults (tweens) in grades 4-8. The activities offered are developmentally appropriate and build on a variety of skills (personal, artistic, scientific). Young adults get to meet and expand on social skills while continuing their use of and reverence for their community library.
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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
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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Death Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to discuss death. Our objective is bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath, A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Death Cafes are always offered: on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

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: Memory Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library.

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: The Art & Science of Sound in the Sea

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
“Scientists and artists both thrive on uncertainty and a sense of adventure.” These two ideas have inspired textile artist Lindsay Olson during a recent voyage aboard the R.V Endeavor where she worked side by side with scientists working to unlock the secrets of the ocean soundscape using ocean acoustics.

Hear Lindsay discuss how science at sea is conducted under challenging conditions and how working collaboratively with scientists inspires her to create art that helps others understand science. She will share how her projects evolved and changed not only how she made art but how she views her role as an artist in the wider community. See the art work »

ABOUT THE ART
Lindsay created densely embroidered silk panels that help describe what researchers are discovering about sound in our oceans. The work illustrates the largest daily migration of zooplankton, the sound-enhancing SOFAR channel, phytoplankton, and the dramatic vocalizations of marine life gathered by hydrophones. Lindsay drew inspiration from the work of the Swiss embroidery artist Lissy Funk and the elite artists of Mayan classical period with their profound and symbolic connection to water.

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

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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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