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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. 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 and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)    
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1969 Film Series: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid features Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two outlaws on the run after a string of train robberies, 110 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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Queerios

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Come Craft with us! Along with preparing for the Parade, we will be decorating masks, making buttons, and anything else your creative hearts desire.

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is a new LGBTQ+ positive group that meets at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. 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.


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1969 Film Series: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? stars Jane Fonda as a participant in a grueling Depression-era dance marathon, 120 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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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: Carlos Hernandez & CSE Cooney

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

This month is a DOUBLE FEATURE! Two amazing writers who live in New York will be Rockin' the No Shush Salon Podium!

C.S.E. Cooney lives and writes in the Borough of Queens. She is an audiobook narrator, the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine, a Rhysling Award-winning poet, and the author of World Fantasy Award-winning Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015). Her recent short fiction can be found in Sword and Sonnet, an anthology of battle poets, and in Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Carlos Hernandez is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria (Rosarium 2016) and most recently, as part of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint of Disney Hyperion, the novel Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (2019). By day, Carlos is an associate professor of English at the City University of New York, with appointments at BMCC and the Graduate Center, and a game designer and enthusiast. Catch him on Twitter @writeteachplay.


After our featured readers, we will have 10 minutes for anyone who wants to present their latest 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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1969 Film Series: Midnight Cowboy

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

Named Best Picture of 1969, Midnight Cowboy shows the unlikely friendship that grows between two hustlers, Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, 113 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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Adult Improv Workshop

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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...
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Queerios - 4th of July Parade

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maze Branch
The Queerios will be joining the Oak Park Public Library in the Fourth of July Parade!

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is a new LGBTQ+ positive group that meets at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. 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.


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Art Reception: Alex Valasquez Brightbill

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

Alex Velazquez Brightbill is a Mexican artist who immigrated to Chicago at the age of ten. She earned a BFA from the Northeastern IllinoisUniversity and has shown at numerous galleries and curated art shows and cultural events.

When Alex started volunteering at a cat shelter (St Sophia’s Forgotten Felines), she remembered how much she loved cats.  In her studio one day she started painting from a picture I had taken of Yoshi, a Maine Coon kitty, and had so much fun! That’s when she decided to create a series of paintings of these cats and perhaps help them find a home. Fore more information, see alexvelazquezart.com.

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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
*** Due to work being done at Dole, this event was moved to the MAZE BRANCH MEETING ROOM. ***

¡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

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres. 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 and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)    
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1969 Film Series: Women in Love

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

Glenda Jackson won Best Actress Oscar with Women in Love, a British romantic drama showing the markedly different relationships between two sisters and their two male lovers in a mining town in the 1920s. The story is based on a novel by D. H. Lawrence, 131 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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1969 Film Series: Easy Rider

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

Easy Rider is a road drama in which two Harley-riding hippies travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth, 95 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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Queerios

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
TBA

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is a new LGBTQ+ positive group that meets at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. 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.


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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. 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 and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)    
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1969 Film Series: Cactus Flower

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
1969 was an amazing, watershed year. From the Woodstock rock festival to man walking on the moon, amazing news was happening. In the movies, restrictive censorship became a thing of the past.

Cactus Flower is a light romantic comedy in which a nurse is secretly in love with her dentist employer. Goldie Hawn received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, 103 minutes.

Join Doug Deuchler on Mondays at 1:30 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room to screen and discuss six of the unique and ground-breaking films of 1969:

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The No Shush Salon Presents: Open Mic

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
This month, we will rock the podium Open Mic style! Each person will have 15 minutes to present their latest 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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Understanding the World of Islam: Faith Under Attack

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam through this continuing academic lecture series, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

The second lecture in this year's series, Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as well as CAIR's National Strategic Communications Director, will reflect on the recent tragedies in Sri Lanka and New Zealand and the challenges posed by contemporary forms of national, racial, and religious extremism. The lecture also will explore the implications of these events for the future practice of minority faith communities. Bring your questions to the discussion, or email them in advance to communications@oppl.org.

A frequent writer and lecturer on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations, Rehab routinely speaks on University campuses in Chicago and around the country. Rehab comments as a guest on various local TV and cable news programs, as well as on radio stations. He has been interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain's Business Magazine, Germany's Die Zeit, and many more. Rehab is an alumnus of the FBI Citizen's Academy and leads local efforts to foster positive relations with law enforcement officials, elected officials, political appointees, and representatives of various governmental agencies.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative coordinates all Center outreach programs and routinely collaborates with K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, museums and libraries, journalists and news media organizations, cultural and religious groups, diplomatic circles, and the public and private sectors. CMES draws on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and the wider Islamic world in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Mark your calendar for the other upcoming events in this series:

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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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Queerios

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
TBA

In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is a new LGBTQ+ positive group that meets at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. 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.


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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

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
A writers' group for writers of all types and genres. 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 and receive feedback from the group. Then we will WRITE! (We also eat since it's a feast!)    
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One Book: Tea With Your Neighbor

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Join us and experience the program described in this year's One Book pick Palaces for the People. Come for some tea and snacks while getting to know your fellow community member. 

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