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Prepare For Change

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Spaces Reservation

Chicago Rookies Traders

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Spaces Reservation

Conversation Cafe: Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Conversation Cafe: Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County
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Cradles to Crayons Gear up for Winter Collection Drive

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Library-wide
Donate new and like-new children’s essential items to Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides children living in low-income and homeless situations with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play.

Most needed items include:

  • Winter coats: size newborn to adult medium
  • Winter boots: size infant/toddler 5 to adult 10
  • Pajamas: sizes 2T to adult medium (only new, please)
  • Infant toys and toys for children 7-12 years old
  • Baby board books
Donations will be collected in the Main Library Lobby. Learn more and find other Chicago area drop-off locations »

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Main: Stories on Saturday

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Drop-in family storytime. Children aged 2 to 6 and their caregiver attend at 10am for a big, lively storytime that is full of favorites. Children birth to 24 months attend Young & Restless at 11am with a caregiver for short books paired with songs and rhymes modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Spaces Reservation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Conference Room
Spaces Reservation

Tourette Association of America- IL chapter (TAA-I

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Spaces Reservation

Main: Stories on Saturday: Young & Restless

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Drop-in family storytime. 

Children ages 2 to 6 and their caregiver attend at 10 am for a big, lively storytime that is full of favorites.

Children birth to 24 months attend Young & Restless at 11 am with a caregiver for short books paired with songs and rhymes modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - TXZ Chapter

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Spaces Reservation

Paramount Residential Mortgage Group

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Spaces Reservation

Life Changers Women's Bible Study

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Conference Room
Spaces Reservation
Registration is open

Sewing: Fall Theme

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to use our sewing machines to create fall accessories, both sweet and spooky. Instruction, supplies, and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Tiffany Robinson Ministries

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Spaces Reservation

Art Exhibit Opening & Reception: Community on a Shelf: Exploring the Human Side of Mental Illness by VersAnnette Blackman

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
“I make art because I have to. It is a sacred spiritual practice. A safe space where I can breathe because I know I belong in it.”—Verse

Join us for an opening reception for Community on a Shelf: Exploring the Human Side of Mental Illness on display in the Main Library Lobby Community Engagement Space. Meet the artist and celebrate the creative works of VersAnnette Blackman LMT. As an artist, writer, advocate, and healing arts practitioner, she has 10+ years experience as a trauma informed facilitator in various settings including domestic violence shelters and Chicago high schools. The exhibit will be on display through November.

VersAnnette is the founder of (H.E.M) an acronym for Heal, Empower, Motivate. This non-profit's mission is to use art and creative writing to help survivors heal and find their voices. In 2015 VersAnnette was awarded the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award by the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues. She is the author of Butterfly Spirit: Poems of Transparency, Transformation & Truth.

Artist statement

My paintings emerge from a deeply held and regarded intuitive head space. To create out of nothing, no plans, scheme, or intent I step up to the canvas ready to unleash whatever lies inside me waiting to be expressed. I move while I work, I sing, I stretch, I cry, I dance, I do whatever I feel.

All in all, my work is meant to communicate what words cannot. I strive to make it less about what the eye sees and more about what the soul feels. My curious soul is what guides me to not try and hide behind a perfectly polished picture. The energy that translates from my work is the raw emotion that cannot be denied or even fully explained. My intent is to create art from a process that is transparent; meaning I cannot take full credit for what the experience. I’m aware that I am a Co-creator with Source. Often the painting reveals to me as much about myself as it does to the consumer about his or herself. We are both bearing witness.

I work primarily with Golden Acrylic paints and gel mediums, markers and various tools for mark making, foam brushes and fingers. I love to work on big huge stretched canvases for full freedom. The bigger the canvas, the more I can stretch and challenge myself; this is a metaphor for my life. I tend to lean towards bright vibrant hues, but I have a deep love for mixing color and experimenting with new hues. Another metaphor for the way I prefer to live.

I make art because I have to. It is a sacred spiritual practice. A safe space where I can breathe because I know I belong in it. It is a form of worship, one of the primary ways I communicate with my God. It is one of the only places I feel embraced, free, alive and completely accepted. It is a healing, a bearing witness to all that I’ve overcome and all that I have yet to experience. My painting process resembles what I want most for my life: To be seen, to be healed and heard, to be raw and unapologetic, to be bold, soulful, energetic, and take risks.


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Author Deborah J. Haynes: Beginning Again

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
What does it mean to become and work as an artist today? What unique challenges do artists face in the 21st century, and what skills are required to overcome them? Deborah  J.  Haynes is Professor Emerita of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her books include Art Lessons, Book of This Place, Spirituality and Growth on the Leadership Path, and Bakhtin ReframedFind out more »

Beginning Again: Reflections on Art as Spiritual Practice is a personal statement, born from the author's experience as an artist, writer, teacher, and Buddhist practitioner. Haynes writes for artists and for all exploring the relationship of their creativity to the inner life. For Haynes, making and looking at art can be a form of meditation and prayer, a space for solitude, and living in the present. 
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VOICE

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Spaces Reservation

Sugar Beet Co-op Presents Author Event: Grocery Store: The Promise of Food Co-Ops in the Age of Grocery Giants by Jon Steinman

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Through penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:
  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access
Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

2:30-3 pm: Meet the author (book available for purchase) 
3 pm: Book reading and talk
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Chicago-sf Book Discussion Group

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Conference Room
Spaces Reservation

Equity Team of Oak Park and River Forest

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Spaces Reservation

Girl Scout Troop 40195

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Spaces Reservation

Order of the Eastern Star - Isis Chapter #984

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Spaces Reservation

Poets & Patrons

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Spaces Reservation

Socktober

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
All Branches
Warm souls and soles all October by contributing to our Kid President-inspired Socktober drive to benefit the clients of Housing Forward. Socks are consistently among the most-requested items at shelters. We will be collecting new socks at all three library locations for the entire month. Find about more ways to help the homeless in our community by viewing Housing Forward's wishlist.
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TEDxOakParkWomen

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Conference Room
Spaces Reservation

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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