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Writers' Word Feast

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres that meets the first Sunday of the month at Main and the third Sunday of the month at Maze. If you wish to bring something yummy to share, that's great but not required. We do HIGHLY recommend you bring your words, and words yet to be written. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter & receive feedback from the group. 

Then we will WRITE! 
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Barbara Ballinger Lecture: 2019 Presenter Alex Kotlowitz

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
For 40 years, Alex Kotlowitz has been telling stories from the heart of America, deeply intimate tales of struggle and perseverance. Join Alex and your neighbors as we gather to celebrate and recognize former head librarian Barbara Ballinger and her many years of dedicated service to the library and to Oak Park. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Books will be available for signing and sale from The Book Table. No registration required.

About the author

Alex is the author of four books, including his most recent, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago (available in print and on CD through the library catalog). His other books include the national bestseller There Are No Children Here (available in multiple formats through the library catalog) which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. It received the Helen B. Bernstein Award and was adapted as a television movie produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey. It was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year along with his second book, The Other Side of the River which also received The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. His book on Chicago, Never a City So Real, will soon be released in paperback. Learn more »

More about An American Summer

An American Summer is an archive of the war—like finding a shocking but beautiful bundle of letters and photographs in the attic. Except that these dispatches reflect the daily violence that many Americans are experiencing, right now, in too many of our cities. Alex Kotlowitz dispenses with wooden categories of criminal and victim. With his uncommon warmth and sensitivity, he makes us understand that violence doesn’t happen in a moment; it’s a state of affairs.”—Sarah Koenig, creator and host of Serial
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CANCELLED: Take Charge of Your Health

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.Join us for a six-week interactive workshop designed especially for individuals with ongoing health conditions to learn about skills and tools in self-management. Topics covered include: healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, action planning, and many more. Presented by AgeOptions, a nonprofit organization connecting older adults and those who care for them with resources and service options so they can live their lives to the fullest. Register now.

Please join us for all workshops in the series. All take place on Fridays, 9:30 am-12 pm, in the Main Library Veterans Room:
• September 9
• September 16
• September 23
• September 30
• October 7
• October 21
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Food Science Night

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
Learn the science behind fruit snacks, ice cream, and how to develop your own food product!
Hosted by Dr. Breanna McArthur, Food Scientist for TreeHouse Foods. 

Grades 4-9.

Please join us for any and all workshops in the series. All take place on Mondays, 6-7 pm, in the Main Library Children's Services area:

September 16: Overcome with Emulsions
September 23: Alginate Gummies
October 14: Is there Iron in your Cereal?
October 21: TBD
November 4: Ice Cream Lab
November 11: Sweet Taste
December 2: Popcorn Product Development (Day 1)
December 9: Popcorn Product Development (Day 2)
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Joe Ziemba: When Football Was Football: The Cardinals and Bears and Birth of the NFL

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

Re-live the brash and rugged growing years of the National Football League. Football enthusiast Joe Ziemba  presents The Bears and The Cardinals: The Forgotten History of the NFL's Oldest Teams.

Ziemba will take you back to a time when individuals played with little equipment protection, gangsters interrupted games, and players worked second jobs during the professional football season. Learn recently discovered details on the poor financial status of the Chicago Bears in the 1920s and 30s. Find out how the owner of the rival Cardinals loaned Bears' owner George Halas the funding he needed to keep his team afloat. 

Presenter Joe Ziemba found much of this information in the long-forgotten files of Oak Park's own Dutch Sternaman!

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Stage-to-Screen Film Series: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for the third of six films in the Stage to Screen fall series. During the many decades of the development of the motion picture, countless successful and popular films have been made from outstanding Broadway shows. This series celebrates six of the finest. 

In The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Maggie Smith plays the headstrong, controversial teacher at a girl's school in 1930s Scotland. (1969) 116 minutes. 

Join us on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm at the Main Library for any and all film screenings in this series:
October 9: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
October 16: Broadway Bound
October 23: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
October 30: The Great White Hope
November 6: Doubt
November 13: The History Boys
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Maze Middle School Hang Out & Chill Out

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Are you in middle school?  Are you at the Oak Park Maze Library at 4:00pm?  Need something to do?  
Stop by, relax, and have fun!  

Grades 5-8
No registration required

9/4/19: Personalize Journal
9/11/19: Button Making
9/18/19: Wrap Earphones
9/25/19: NO PROGRAM
10/2/19: Your Own Slap Bracelet
10/9/19: LED Popsicle Stick Flashlight
10/16/19: Super Hero Comic Book Magnets
10/23/19: Dreamcatcher
10/30/19: NO PROGRAM
11/6/19: TBD 
11/13/19: Diy Tassle Keychain
11/20/19: Nebula in a Jar
11/27/19: NO PROGRAM
12/4/19: Monster Jaw
12/11/19: Board Games
12/18/19: NO PROGRAM
12/25/19: NO PROGRAM
1/1/2020: NO PROGRAM


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Book Bike: Township Senior Lunch Program

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Offsite
Book Bike
The Book Bike will visit the Oak Park Township Senior Services Lunch Program (130 S. Oak Park Ave.) on the fourth Thursday of every month, April through October (weather permitting).

Visit the Book Bike from 11 to 1 pm in the first floor dining room to explore and check out library materials, sign up for a library card, and learn more about upcoming library events, this summer's community read Palaces for the People, Memory Kits and our Oral History project!  

Learn more about Oak Park's Book Bike and follow along on social media with #OPbookbike

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Yarns & Yarn

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
All are welcome to join a group of avid readers who meet to discuss books while they knit and crochet blankets and scarves to donate to various charities. No knitting experience needed.
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Toni Morrison Discussion: The Bluest Eye

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Join us and Reesheda Graham Washington, owner of L!VE Cafe & Creative Space, in the facilitation of a three-part reading circle series featuring the works of Toni Morrison. 

Each gathering will feature a different Morrison book. Having read each text prior to our gathering, participants will experience a small contextual presentation at the start of each gathering. From there, participants will share in a Socratic discussion on the Morrison text of the evening.

In October, we will discuss The Bluest Eye in which 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl in an America whose love for blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, prays for her eyes to turn blue, so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different.


Upcoming dates
  • On November 13, we will discuss Beloved
  • On January 16, we will discuss Sula.
Physical books will be made available at the library before the discussion. 


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Alien the Movie: 40th Anniversary

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
In 1979 we learned that, "in space, no one can hear you scream."

Forty years later, we invite you to come watch Alien with us. Come dressed as your favorite Alien! Be it Xenomorph, Vulcan, Na'vi, ET, Wookie, Ood, one of the Coneheads, or even Marvin the Martian, we want to see your alien costume. We will have popcorn and an Alien trivia quiz.
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Film Screening and Discussion: The Public

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
A  film directed by Emilio Estevez and featuring Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Rhymefest, Taylor Schilling, and Christian Slater, The Public (PG13, 122 minutes) is the story of an act of civil disobedience that turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. 

Join the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC), Housing Forward, and the library for a special screening of this powerful film followed by a discussion with the audience after. 


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Toxic Masculinity: An interactive Workshop and Conversation

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

Through mini-presentations, critical dialogues, and video clips, we will examine the following issues:

I. What is toxic masculinity? 
II. Why is it important to examine it under the current sociopolitical climate? 
III. Where does it all start and how does it manifest itself? 
IV. How does it affect all of us? 
V. How can individual and collective changes take place? 

Facilitator bio: 
This conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, performing artist, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016 when she resigned to pursue storytelling and performance full time. During her time at DePaul, she taught subjects on gender, sex, sexuality, masculinity, race/ethnicity, and immigrations. She is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist with Campus Advocacy Network at Women's Leadership and Resource Center at UIC. 

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Oak Park Photography Club

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

The Oak Park Photography Club meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Main Library. All skill levels are welcome. Photographers share digital images most of the meetings; second meeting of odd-numbered months (Sept. 23 and Nov. 25) ) are reserved for print night. 

For more information, contact Debby Preiser, 708-697-6915.

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Stage-to-Screen Film Series: The Great White Hope

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Scoville Room
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for the fourth of six films in the Stage to Screen fall series. During the many decades of the development of the motion picture, countless successful and popular films have been made from outstanding Broadway shows. This series celebrates six of the finest. 

In The Great White Hope, James Earl Jones plays Jack Johnson, the African-American heavyweight champion from Chicago's South Side whose 1913 marriage to a white woman created conflict. (1970) 103 minutes.

Join us on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm at the Main Library for any and all film screenings in this series:
October 9: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
October 16: Broadway Bound
October 23: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
October 30: The Great White Hope
November 6: Doubt
November 13: The History Boys
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Lincoln Diversity Committee: Gender and Identity Workshop

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join the Lincoln Elementary School Diversity Committee (DivCo) for an informative workshop to help guide parents and give them access to language and conversation starters around gender and identity.

District 97 faculty, staff, parents and students (Grades 3-5) are particularly encouraged to attend. 

Hosted by Lincoln Elementary School PTO DivCo, DivCo (Oak Park School Diversity Committees), and the Oak Park Public Library.

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French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through 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.
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The No Shush Salon Presents: Spookiversary!

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
This will be our 6 year anniversary and the SECOND time our event falls on Halloween! Since our first meeting, back when we were at the Clarendon Hills Library, was on Halloween, let's do it up spooky style! Wear costumes and bring your favorite scary story or music or dance or whatever you can come up with.

Each person will have 15 minutes to present their creative endeavor. Treats to share are awesome, but we will provide munchies. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!

The No Shush Salon is a monthly Open Mic for all creative types who want to share their works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. We often begin with a featured performer/reader, or we have a theme. No registration required; just drop in and share your talents!

Can't make it? Follow us through our blog: noshushsalon.blogspot.com and like us on Facebook: No Shush Salon

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Exhibit Opening: When Home Won't Let You Stay

All Day
Main Library
First Floor - Idea Box
When Home Won’t Let You Stay is a poignant traveling photography exhibition and community event series about refugees in America by documentary artist James A. Bowey

This exhibition provides a new perspective on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. The number of globally displaced people has risen dramatically in recent years and is expected to continue to rise in response to ongoing conflicts, poverty, and climate change.

International and national events have prompted debates in communities across the country about our duty to refugees, our American roots, and national identity. It consists of contemporary color portraits accompanied by first-person stories in the form of found poems that create an empathic experience of the plight and resilience of refugees working to make a new home in this country.

Join us for a community event on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room. As part of the exhibition, James Bowey will present a live community event to consider the experiences of refugees, and our responses to the needs of displaced people around the world. Accompanied by live music and narrators from the community, he will present photographs, stories and reflections from “When Home Wont Let You Stay,” and lead a community conversation about how current refugee policies and attitudes reflect the state of the empathetic imagination in our civic life. This compelling talk explores how we can bear witness in a contentious world, and awaken our imagination to the possibilities of hope, justice and human connection.
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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
¡Hola Oak Park!

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers to practice through open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you know enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off a long story, all levels are welcome!

This is not a class—just practice for current Spanish speakers.


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Writers' Word Feast: NaNoWriMo

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
During November, we will be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) and meeting every Sunday. Feel free to bring food & drinks. Snacks will be shared.

We won't be giving feedback, but we will have prompts and writing! 

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Oak Park IL Days for Girls Team

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Local Midwife and a team leader for Days for Girls Brigitte Raahauge will host an event to get community members involved in making reusable menstrual products which she will take on her next trip to Haiti.  A  short documentary film "Period.  End of Sentence" will also be shown.  www.daysforgirls.org


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Food Science Night

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
Learn the science behind fruit snacks, ice cream, and how to develop your own food product!
Hosted by Dr. Breanna McArthur, Food Scientist for TreeHouse Foods. 

Grades 4-9.

Please join us for any and all workshops in the series. All take place on Mondays, 6-7 pm, in the Main Library Children's Services area:

September 16: Overcome with Emulsions
September 23: Alginate Gummies
October 14: Is there Iron in your Cereal?
October 21: TBD
November 4: Ice Cream Lab
November 11: Sweet Taste
December 2: Popcorn Product Development (Day 1)
December 9: Popcorn Product Development (Day 2)
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Film Screening: Suppressed: The Right to Vote

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

Voter suppression is one of the biggest dangers to American elections. During the 2018 midterms, millions of voters experienced suppression due to voter roll purges, poll closures, long lines of over 4 hours, missing absentee ballots, and strict voter ID laws that disproportionately prevented Brown and Black citizens from their constitutional right to vote. 

While voter suppression has been going on for over a century in America, Georgia was ground zero in 2018 amidst a historic gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. while her opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, was in charge of running the election.  

In Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, Brave New Films weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, it is clear that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege. 2020 is coming and we must fight to protect this fundamental right – #FightToVote!

Following the 37-minute film, a  panel will discuss implications with the audience. Panelists include Tonya Rice, Director of Elections, Cook County Clerk's Office; Liliana Scales, Director of Advocacy, Change Illinois; Jay Young, Executive Director, Common Cause Illinois; and Moderator Peggy Kell, LWVOPRF.

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Stage-to-Screen Film Series: Doubt

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join film historian Doug Deuchler for the fifth of six films in the Stage to Screen fall series. During the many decades of the development of the motion picture, countless successful and popular films have been made from outstanding Broadway shows. This series celebrates six of the finest.

In Doubt, Meryl Streep plays a Catholic school principal who questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled student. With Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis. (2008) 104 minutes.

Join us on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm at the Main Library for any and all film screenings in this series:
October 9: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
October 16: Broadway Bound
October 23: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
October 30: The Great White Hope
November 6: Doubt
November 13: The History Boys
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