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Monday, August 31, 2020
Virtual & Offsite
All in-person library programs are canceled through August. In the meantime, click on these links to find out more about:
And as we respond to the latest information and guidelines from local and national officials around the COVID-19 virus, we want to make sure you have the latest information about your library, too. Because updates and best practices are ever-evolving, please visit oppl.org/faqs, and the library’s social media channels (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) for updates.

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VIRTUAL: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
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 ZOOMThis 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: 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: Try It Thursday Trivia

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Who will be the trivia champion? Students in grades 4-8 are invited to play virtual Kahoot! trivia. Join in the fun and connect with your regular Try It Thursday members!

Trivia theme: Stranger Things; 30 questions total

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

We recommend you use a computer to sign in to Zoom and use a smart phone to play trivia. We will provide you with a Kahoot! link and room code at the start of the Zoom meeting; no Kahoot! account needed.
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VIRTUAL: Library Staff Engagement Day; virtual customer support unavailable until after 2 pm

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Virtual customer support will be unavailable from 9 am to 2 pm on Staff Engagement Day. 

We will respond after 2 pm Friday as soon as possible. Thank you!

Your digital library gives Oak Park cardholders anywhere, anytime access to massive amounts of growing virtual content. Read, watch, listen, find, learn, and research. 

Questions? Leave us a voicemail at 708.383.8200 or submit at oppl.org/contact »
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VIRTUAL: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
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 ZOOMThis 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: Queerios: Summer Meet-Up

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Participate in a Peace Circle check-in and play some JackBox games. Grades 6-12.

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

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is an LGBTQ+ positive group. Our goal is to provide a space for tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to get together, discuss different issues, share their favorite books, sponsor and provide support for activism, plan outings, and more.

Join us for any and all Queerios virtual summer meet-ups:
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VIRTUAL: Death Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
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: What's Cooking: Now & Again

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join fellow cooks to discuss Julie Turshen's Now & Again, which features more than 125 delicious and doable recipes and 20 creative menu ideas.

This book is available for digital checkout on Hoopla. Need help getting started with Hoopla? Watch "How to Use Hoopla" at oppl.org/how-to-library »

This book group meets four times a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall.

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
Join us for a virtual Memory Cafe for seniors and their caretakers.

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 Summer Art with Gene Ha (Day 1)

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

Limit: 25 Attendees

Register for each event. You will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event on the day of.

 

Start your summer break with some comic books and art! Join the library in a 6-day virtual Zoom chat with comic book artist, Gene Ha, creator of the Mae comic book series. Learn the basic steps that artists use to develop their own comic books and design your own comic strip this summer! For more information, check out Gene Ha’s website at: www.geneha.com.

 

Grades 1-8

Wednesdays, 2-3pm


Day 1: June 17

Supplies needed:
Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools
A small object that looks kind of like it has a face but doesn't.

-Faces! Learn to draw faces from any angle starting from the simplest to a more realistic form.

 

Day 2: June 24  

Supplies needed: 

Big sheets of cheap paper, like a cut open brown paper grocery sack or a big cheap drawing pad
Big drawing tools: crayons, paint brushes & tempera, fat markers, charcoal drawing sticks, etc

-Smudgy drawings! Break away from precise lines and loosen up like an Impressionist.

 

Day 3: July 1  

Supplies needed: 

Small paperboard box (ex. baking soda box, cereal box, etc.) or building blocks,

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools

-Cityscapes! Learn the basic rules of perspective by lining up paperboard boxes or building blocks and drawing from life.

 

Day 4: July 8

Supplies needed:

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools
Phone camera or any other digital camera

-Learn to draw from the real world. Use another person (kid or grown-up) to be your model! If anyone else is in the house you have a figure model. If you have a digital camera you can shoot reference of anything from your real life.


Day 5: July 15

Supplies needed: 

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools

-Learn to draw your favorite animal! Practice reinforcing your skills on human figure drawing.

 

Day 6: July 22

Supplies needed: 

Paper
Pencils, black pen or marker, & any other drawing tools

-Draw like a comic book artist! Put all of your skills together to create your very own panel comic!


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VIRTUAL: Things About the Job Search You May Not Know But Should

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Looking for a job has changed dramatically over the past few years; however, many still follow the rules of yesterday. Learn how to modernize your search in a way that works best with your own personal style. Presenter: Jacqueline Gordon, Career Services, Triton College.

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: English Language Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
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 ZOOMThis 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: 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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Registration is open

VIRTUAL Summer Art with Gene Ha (Day 2)

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

Limit: 25 Attendees

Register for each event. You will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event on the day of.

 

Start your summer break with some comic books and art! Join the library in a 6-day virtual Zoom chat with comic book artist, Gene Ha, creator of the Mae comic book series. Learn the basic steps that artists use to develop their own comic books and design your own comic strip this summer! For more information, check out Gene Ha’s website at: www.geneha.com.

 

Grades 1-8

Wednesdays, 2-3pm


Day 1: June 17

Supplies needed:
Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools
A small object that looks kind of like it has a face but doesn't.

-Faces! Learn to draw faces from any angle starting from the simplest to a more realistic form.

 

Day 2: June 24  

Supplies needed: 

Big sheets of cheap paper, like a cut open brown paper grocery sack or a big cheap drawing pad
Big drawing tools: crayons, paint brushes & tempera, fat markers, charcoal drawing sticks, etc

-Smudgy drawings! Break away from precise lines and loosen up like an Impressionist.

 

Day 3: July 1  

Supplies needed: 

Small paperboard box (ex. baking soda box, cereal box, etc.) or building blocks,

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools

-Cityscapes! Learn the basic rules of perspective by lining up paperboard boxes or building blocks and drawing from life.

 

Day 4: July 8

Supplies needed:

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools
Phone camera or any other digital camera

-Learn to draw from the real world. Use another person (kid or grown-up) to be your model! If anyone else is in the house you have a figure model. If you have a digital camera you can shoot reference of anything from your real life.


Day 5: July 15

Supplies needed: 

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools

-Learn to draw your favorite animal! Practice reinforcing your skills on human figure drawing.

 

Day 6: July 22

Supplies needed: 

Paper
Pencils, black pen or marker, & any other drawing tools

-Draw like a comic book artist! Put all of your skills together to create your very own panel comic!


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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 NOWThis 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: Many Voices: Peace Circle

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Community peace circle. 

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.

ABOUT MANY VOICES, MANY STORIES
Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. Learn more about Many Voices, Many Stories »
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VIRTUAL: The No Shush Salon Presents - Open Mic

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Listen to performances by local creative types and share your own works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors at this monthly open mic night. Each person will have 15 minutes to present their latest creative endeavor. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!

Check us out on Facebook: No Shush Salon

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
Virtual Program
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 event.

 


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

VIRTUAL Summer Art with Gene Ha (Day 3)

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

Limit: 25 Attendees

Register for each event. You will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event on the day of.

 

Start your summer break with some comic books and art! Join the library in a 6-day virtual Zoom chat with comic book artist, Gene Ha, creator of the Mae comic book series. Learn the basic steps that artists use to develop their own comic books and design your own comic strip this summer! For more information, check out Gene Ha’s website at: www.geneha.com.

 

Grades 1-8

Wednesdays, 2-3pm


Day 1: June 17

Supplies needed:
Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools
A small object that looks kind of like it has a face but doesn't.

-Faces! Learn to draw faces from any angle starting from the simplest to a more realistic form.

 

Day 2: June 24  

Supplies needed: 

Big sheets of cheap paper, like a cut open brown paper grocery sack or a big cheap drawing pad
Big drawing tools: crayons, paint brushes & tempera, fat markers, charcoal drawing sticks, etc

-Smudgy drawings! Break away from precise lines and loosen up like an Impressionist.

 

Day 3: July 1  

Supplies needed: 

Small paperboard box (ex. baking soda box, cereal box, etc.) or building blocks,

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools

-Cityscapes! Learn the basic rules of perspective by lining up paperboard boxes or building blocks and drawing from life.

 

Day 4: July 8

Supplies needed:

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools
Phone camera or any other digital camera

-Learn to draw from the real world. Use another person (kid or grown-up) to be your model! If anyone else is in the house you have a figure model. If you have a digital camera you can shoot reference of anything from your real life.


Day 5: July 15

Supplies needed: 

Paper
Pencils & any other drawing tools

-Learn to draw your favorite animal! Practice reinforcing your skills on human figure drawing.

 

Day 6: July 22

Supplies needed: 

Paper
Pencils, black pen or marker, & any other drawing tools

-Draw like a comic book artist! Put all of your skills together to create your very own panel comic!


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