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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all September storytimes.
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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all September storytimes.
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Virtual Halloween Parade: Open for Submissions

All Day
Virtual & Offsite
We miss the school and Hemingway District costume parades, as well as seeing your littles all dressed up in the library. We're betting that your kids miss showing off, as well, so we have created our first ever Virtual Halloween Parade! 

Share your photos by October 22 to be part of the big show: Submit your photos now 


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VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Saturday October storytimes.
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VIRTUAL: Let's Make Music!

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join Children's staff and other families on Zoom for fun with music! We'll sing, dance, clap, and make music together with instruments that we make and play at home. Best for kids up through age 6.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Wednesday October classes.
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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: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Saturday October storytimes.
View More

VIRTUAL: Let's Make Music!

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join Children's staff and other families on Zoom for fun with music! We'll sing, dance, clap, and make music together with instruments that we make and play at home. Best for kids up through age 6.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Wednesday October classes.
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VIRTUAL: Young & Restless

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all September storytimes.
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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: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Saturday October storytimes.
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VIRTUAL: Stamped Family & Community Discussion (Session 1)

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

“There are lazy, hardworking, wise, unwise, harmless, and harmful individuals of every race, but no racial group is better or worse than another racial group in any way.”

Stamped, Jason Reynolds


Meet virtually with Oak Park community members as we share thoughts and opinions on 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.

Join us for a three-session discussion on Jason Reynolds’ Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Attendees will join together for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms. 


In conjunction with Brooks and Julian Middle Schools' fall curriculum read, the sessions will follow along with the chapters being read during the month of October. Students from Dominican University will lead the circles in the breakout sessions.


These sessions are made possible with the support of D97 and D200 school districts, the E-Team of Oak Park, Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group, and the Oak Park Public Library.


Session Dates:


Pre-Work:

Prior to attending the sessions, please watch the clip of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” featuring Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi who give an explanation of how their book focuses on the culture of racism in America.


To follow along, each session will focus on different sections of the book Stamped:

Session 1 - Introduction, Part 1

Session 2 - Parts 2 & 3

Session 3 - Parts 4 & 5


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VIRTUAL: Let's Make Music!

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join Children's staff and other families on Zoom for fun with music! We'll sing, dance, clap, and make music together with instruments that we make and play at home. Best for kids up through age 6.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Wednesday October classes.
View More

Virtual Halloween Parade: Last Day for Submissions

All Day
Virtual & Offsite
We miss the school and Hemingway District costume parades, as well as seeing your littles all dressed up in the library. We're betting that your kids miss showing off, as well, so we have created our first ever Virtual Halloween Parade! 

Share your photos by October 22 to be part of the big show: Submit your photos now 
View More

VIRTUAL: Shake, Rattle & Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! These storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. This link will be good for all Saturday October storytimes.
View More