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VIRTUAL: Tips for Online Job Applications

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Did you know that online applications are run through a tracking system used as a screening tool by employers? Learn what to watch out for and how to answer questions, as well as tips and techniques for optimizing your resume for an Applicant Tracking System. Presenter: Kathy Watson, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Workforce & Community Initiative.

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: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month's book: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.

Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished.
  • Book can also be downloaded through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla? 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.
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event for all four sessions.

Join us for any all meetings held Fridays, 5-6 pm:

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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: 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: Adult Improv

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
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: The No Shush Salon

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

Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE
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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: 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 "Saturday": Spell Tabletop RPG Adventure

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Have you ever dreamed of fighting evil by moonlight like a Sailor Scout or becoming a hero with magical powers? Young people in grades 4-8 can join us for a game of Spell: a whimsical modern fantasy roleplaying game about Speakers who cast spells with the power of words!

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

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.

*We're planners but we're also spontaneous, and flexible! So topics might change closer to each date. Questions? Please call 708.383.3420 or email contactus@oppl.org.*

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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.

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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: 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: Enjoy Your Space While Sheltering in Place

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
You’ve been spending more time than ever at home. Homes are serving so many functions now; in some cases, school, work, exercise that happened outside the home is now in your living room! Do you feel at ease and inspired in your home or overwhelmed and ready for a change in the new year?

Find out how you can reduce clutter and focus on what you love about your space with Megan Spillman, professional organizer and certified KonMari consultant. KonMari is the tidying method created by bestselling author Marie Kondo. You will leave the session with tips to use right away in your space.

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

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VIRTUAL: The COVID-19 Vaccine & You

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
The COVID-19 Vaccine. One small shot for man. One small shot for mankind.  

You are invited to a presentation and discussion with Dr. Pitud Rangsithienchai, an allergist and immunologist in the Oak Park community, as he discusses this new treatment. Dr. Pitud will touch on many topics including vaccine mechanisms, efficacy, and possible reactions. The brief presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A session. No vaccine schedule information will be available at this virtual event. For more details about scheduling, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's website and the Village of Oak Park website.

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.

Please note:
  • The information in this presentation is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be the provision of medical advice.
  • Individuals should consult with their own healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns about the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of COVID.
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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: 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: TechGirlz Workshop: Solving Genetic Mysteries With Online Tools & Family Histories

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

In this workshop students in grades 5-8 will learn about the free technologies available to examine genes and visualize a family tree!


You will learn how to use online tools to create a family tree (Progeny), search a set of medical symptoms to find the genetic cause (OMIM), and search the human genome for genetic changes that can cause medical symptoms (Human Genome Browser).


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:

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VIRTUAL: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Dough Boys

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month's book: Dough Boys by Paula Chase.

Told in two voices, thirteen-year-old best friends Simp and Rollie play on a basketball team in their housing project, but Rollie dreams of being a drummer and Simp, to impress the gang leader, Coach Tez.
  • Book can also be downloaded through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla? 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.
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event for all four sessions.

Join us for any all meetings held Fridays, 5-6 pm:

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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: 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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