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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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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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Detection by Daylight: The Strangler Vine

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter

Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India - or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing.  William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company's army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic and uncouth Jeremiah Blake. A more mismatched duo couldn't be imagined, but they must bury their differences as they are caught up in a search that turns up too many unanswered questions and seems bound to end in failure.  First in the Avery and Blake series.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions.

Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
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New Moms Book Group: The Music Shop

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
Join our New Moms Book Club! A wonderful opportunity to meet other new moms in the area and a great reason for some adult discussion. Welcome to all moms with children under 5.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop’s owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people’s needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music—and love—in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.

Copies of the book are available at all library locations.

This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co., 7700 Madison St., Forest Park.
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More Than a Month Afrofuturism Book Discussion: Kindred

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Please join us at the Dole Branch Library for a book discussion series on Afrofuturism. We will read books by Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, and Tananarive Due. These books combine both science fiction and fantasy, within the racial experiences of the African diaspora. Books are available at Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.
  • Saturday, February 9, 1-2 pm: Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Saturday, March 9, 1-2 pm: The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Saturday, April 13, 1-2 pm: The Between by Tananarive Due
About Kindred by Octavia Butler
On June 9, 1976, Dana, a young African-American woman, is celebrating her 26th birthday when she becomes dizzy and her surroundings fade away. She is transported from her Los Angeles home to an antebellum plantation in Maryland. During numerous time-defying trips with the same young man, Rufus, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

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Books & Brews: Killers of the Flower Moon

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
In David Grann's newest nonfiction title, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, delves into a series of unsolved murders from the 1920s in the Osage Indian Country in Oklahoma. Learn about these murders that many have likely never heard of, and discover what other repercussions came out of them. 

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don't worry if you don't have time to finish the book, we're pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us. 

Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. 
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Read & Reflect: Killers of the Flower Moon

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Killers of the Flower Moon reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals.  It’s a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward America Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.  It is a compelling, but emotionally devastating part of our history.

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Author Kathleen Frantz: Heart to Hands—Making Your Community Stronger

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Kathleen Frantz has a strong passion for spreading love and kindness within community. During her nearly 30 years in the culinary field, she studied under the first certified master chef in the USA, Milos Cihelka, and at Ecole L’Notre in France. At the same time, she raised two children as a single parent. Her main objective was to send them into the world with good heads on their shoulders, contributing to society in a positive way. She sought to integrate into their lives the foundational values of family within community and being a person for others. 

Frantz’ book, “Heart to Hands: Making Your Community Stronger through Heartfelt Intention and Powerful Actions” was created to start a movement of goodness, no matter where you call home. Her goal is to light a fire in everyone who reads it, and provide a place not only for sharing ideas, but for encouraging and welcoming new ones. She invites you to join our movement, and show that even the smallest kind action can grow into something bigger than anyone could imagine.

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Author Wendy Pearlman: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled—Voices from Syria

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection by author Wendy Pearlman changes that.

Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, but powerful. Together, they form an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling, but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.

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Brown Bag: Strange Shores

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason

Inspector Erlendur has searched for his brother who was lost in a violent storm as a child, his whole life. He hears a story of another local woman who went missing during a storm, and renews his search as he suspects what may have befallen his long lost brother.

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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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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Words on Wednesday: Circe

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Dive into a modern take on the mythological tales of Circe, daughter of the sun God Helios and discover the Odyssey in a new light with Madeline Miller's Circe

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult & Teen Services Librarians. Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. Learn more about our monthly book discussions
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Middle School Book Club: The Pants Project

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke.


Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dress code requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he’s a boy.


Caregivers and middle schoolers (with or without an adult) are invited to attend together for a special intergenerational edition of our book club. Snacks provided.


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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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Detection by Daylight: Magpie Murders

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz


When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.


Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions.

Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion. 
Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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New Moms Book Group: The Mere Wife

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
Join our New Moms Book Club!  A wonderful opportunity to meet other new moms in the area and a great reason for some adult discussion!  Welcome to all moms with children under 5.

Copies of the book are available at all locations - Dole, Maze, and Main branches of the library.

This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co. at 7700 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings—high and gabled—and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside—in lawns and on playgrounds—wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall’s periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights. 

For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance. Dana didn’t want Gren, didn’t plan Gren, and doesn’t know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Dana’s and Willa’s worlds collide.


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What's Cooking-Smitten Kitchen Every Day

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
This book group will meet four times a year: winter,spring,summer and fall. A cookbook will be selected and participants will cook a recipe or two and bring it to the group to share and discuss. The book for Spring is: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman.
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Books and Brews: The Ensemble

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; the viola is Henry, a prodigy who’s always had it easy; the cellist is Daniel, the oldest, the angry skeptic who sleeps around; and on first violin is Jana, their flinty, resilient leader. Together, they are the Van Ness String Quartet.

In The Ensemble each character picks up the melody, from the group’s youthful rocky start through to adulthood. As they navigate devastating failures and wild success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty, they are always tied together—by career, by the intensity of their art, by the secrets they carry together, and by choosing each other over and over again.

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don't worry if you don't have time to finish the book, we're pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us. 

Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. 
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Nevertheless presents: Hidden Figures Book Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.


Nevertheless, She Persisted is Oak Park Public Library's look at the different ways women have influenced history.

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Read & Reflect: Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

The Founding Father, the author of the Declaration of Independence, who wrote the words, “all men are created equal”  not only had slaves throughout his life, but kept his own children as slaves on his plantation, to support his lavish life style.  A story that seems all too familiar, the pursuit of wealth was more compelling than doing what was right.  

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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Culture Vultures Book Discussion

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Join Leading Edge partner with A Greater Good Foundation, and TRIUMPH facilitate a book Circle around Culture Vultures.

Historically, the barber has played an important role in American culture. Besides being the person who gives a fresh cut, he is often the confidant, listening ear, and even sounding board for his clients. Just imagine being a fly on the wall as one of America's most talented barbers interviews one of the most charismatic, controversial, and successful CEO's.

Culture Vultures is an inside look at the creative genius behind some of America's greatest talents and fashion lines. Through a series of candid interviews, Kenyatta Griggs asks compelling and insightful questions that help to shed light on the music mogul, the father, and the man better known as Damon Dash.

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Brown Bag: Death in Breslau

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Death in Breslau by Marek Krajewski
Set in German occupied Breslau, German Inspector Eberhard Mock’s weekly assignation with two ladies of the night is postponed as he is called in when he is called in to solve the crime of two young women found murdered on a train.  Set against the backdrop of WW11, the city is filled with corrupt ministers, spies and Freemasons, and the horrors of antisemitism.
Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.
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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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Words on Wednesday:The Library Book

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
For Susan Orlean's The Library Book, Come discuss this highly praised read about the mystery behind the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and the story of all libraries: their history, meaning and future.

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult & Teen Services Librarians. Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion. Learn more about our monthly book discussions
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"Three Chicago Women Poets: Food, Fashion and Relationships"

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

Cynthia Gallagher will be presenting from "Epicurean Ecstasy: More Poems About Food, Drink, Herbs and Spices" and "Drenched." Valerie Wallace will read from "House of McQueen." And Jennifer Steele will read from "A House In Its Hunger."

In "Epicurean Ecstacy," Cynthia Gallaher celebrates not only historical and modern pleasures of the kitchen and table, but also the seasonal evolutions that take place in the cultivated fields and wild terrains, and of those who harvest these foods and bring nourishment to our homes.


Chicago-based poet and playwright Cynthia Gallaher is author of four poetry collections, three chapbooks, and a nonfiction reference book. The Chicago Public Library lists her among its “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets.”

Valerie Wallace’s debut poetry collection "House of McQueen" received the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly called it “…a literary seance…serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen….” Her work was also chosen by iconic author Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award.

 Valerie Wallace lives in Chicago, where she teaches with the City Colleges of Chicago, gives private workshops, and works in communications, most recently as Assistant Director, Communications, for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago and with Resilience.

"A House In Its Hunger" is a collection that grapples with the intimacy of relationships behind closed doors. In this stunning debut, Jennifer Steele cleverly explores the complexities of the body as a dwelling and the compilation of emotional experiences it consumes and harbors over time.  

Jennifer Steele, a native of Middletown, CT and current Chicagoan, received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2008. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Revolving Door Arts and a 2015 fellow of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.


 


 


 




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