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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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Detection By Daylight - Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
In Curious Minds, Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of mysteries featuring Emerson Knight and Riley Moon, a dynamic duo with instant and undeniable chemistry.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form.
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register in Zoom, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event. 
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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: Writers' Workshop with Claire Lombardo

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
The Oak Park Public Library is pleased to have Claire Lombardo, the best selling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had, for this Writers' Workshop! She will be critiquing a short story previously picked from our very own Writers' Word Feast writing group. Join us for writing advice, tips, and tricks along with the opportunity for Q&A.

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

Claire Lombardo is also the lecturer for this year's Barbara Ballinger Lecture that will be held on October 11 at 2pm

About the author
Oak Park native Claire Lombardo is a novelist and teacher. Her first book, The Most Fun We Ever Had, was an instant New York Times bestseller and has been translated or is forthcoming in over a dozen languages. The novel is being adapted for a series on HBO to be written by Claire and co-produced by Amy Adams and Laura Dern

Claire is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in, among others, PlayboyBarrelhouse MagazineLittle Fiction, and LongformHer story "I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things" was one of 2016's Best of the Net, and was #1 on Longform's 2015 fiction list. 

Prior to writing The Most Fun We Ever Had, Claire spent several years working with homeless children and families in Chicago. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, she now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. 
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VIRTUAL: Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Author Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for a virtual lecture and Q&A for this year's Barbara Ballinger Lecture with author Claire Lombardo. 

Lombardo's debut novel, The Most Fun We Ever Had, is set in Oak Park. "This is a novel about love," she writes. "Love in its many forms—marital, familial, sexual, platonic—and its many degrees—passionate, unrequited, reluctant." 

The Most Fun We Ever Had is available from your library in formats including hardcover, large print, digital audiobook, and ebook. Find it in the catalog »

This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. The book also is available for purchase through The Book Table

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

About the author
Oak Park native Claire Lombardo is a novelist and teacher. Her first book, The Most Fun We Ever Had, was an instant New York Times bestseller and has been translated or is forthcoming in over a dozen languages. The novel is being adapted for a series on HBO to be written by Claire and co-produced by Amy Adams and Laura Dern

Claire is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in, among others, PlayboyBarrelhouse MagazineLittle Fiction, and LongformHer story "I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things" was one of 2016's Best of the Net, and was #1 on Longform's 2015 fiction list. 

Prior to writing The Most Fun We Ever Had, Claire spent several years working with homeless children and families in Chicago. Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, she now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. 

More about The Most Fun We Ever Had
“Everything about this brilliant debut cuts deep: the humor, the wisdom, the pathos. Claire Lombardo writes like she’s been doing it for a hundred years, and like she’s been alive for a thousand.” 
—Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
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VIRTUAL: Books & Brews: The Revisioners

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's The Revisioners, explores the depths of women's relationships—powerful women and marginalized women, healers, and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child and the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

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 can be downloaded through Hoopla and Media on Demand/Libby.

Need help getting started with Hoopla or Libby? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: 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 NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to to join the event.
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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 Words on Wednesday: The Dutch House

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
In Ann Patchett's The Dutch House, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

Copies will be available in the library before the discussion. The title can be also downloaded through Media on Demand & Libby. Need help getting started with Hoopla or Libby? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library »

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult Services Librarians. Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions »

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo Kickoff

11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program

Join us for our first LATE NIGHT NaNoWriMo Kickoff!

From 11pm until Midnight, we will discuss our plans and set up our NaNoWriMo profiles for the upcoming month. At midnight, WE WRITE! 

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: nanowrimo.org

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VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Come Write In!

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During the month of November, we will be hosting several NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) events.

For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with prompts shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/
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VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Come Write In!

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During the month of November, we will be hosting several NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) events.

For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with prompts shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/
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VIRTUAL: Books & Brews: My Brilliant Friend

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Elena Ferrante's "My Brilliant Friend" is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

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 can be downloaded through Hoopla and Media on Demand/Libby.

Need help getting started with Hoopla or Libby? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library.

REGISTER IN ZOOM: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL - Author Event: Women on Opposite Sides of the Law

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Hear authors D.M. Testa and Shayne Davidson discuss how women who stood on opposite sides of the law confronted many of the same challenges and discrimination, persevering in a world where men made up the rules.

Learn about Jessie Levy and Bess Robbins, who defended six members of the infamous John Dillinger gang in the early 1930s, and Sophie Lyons, who was one of the most notorious female criminals of the nineteenth century.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
D.M. Testa is the author of Defending the Dillinger Gang: Jessie Levy and Bess Robbins in the Courtroom (set to release in late September).

Shayne Davidson is the author of Queen of the Burglars: The Scandalous Life of Sophie Lyons.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOWThis 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: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Come Write In!

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During the month of November, we will be hosting several NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) events.

For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with prompts shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/
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Virtual: Stamped Family & Community Discussion (Session 2)

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." This segment features authors 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 Words on Wednesday: Upstream

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
In her collection of essays Upstream, Mary Oliver "reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature." Oliver "positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us." 

Copies will be available in the library before the discussion. The title can be also downloaded through Media on Demand & Libby. Need help getting started with Hoopla or Libby? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library »

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult Services Librarians. Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions »

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Pet

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: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi.

In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting 17-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster. There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster--and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
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 can also be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby. Need help getting started with Media on Demand (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: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Come Write In!

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During the month of November, we will be hosting several NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) events.

For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with prompts shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/
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VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Come Write In!

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
During the month of November, we will be hosting several NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) events.

For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with prompts shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/

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VIRTUAL: Stamped Family & Community Discussion (Session 3)

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." This segment features authors 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: Writers' Word Feast Presents: NaNoWriMo - Wrap Up Party

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
This is our Wrap-Up Party for NaNoWriMo. Join us and share some of your novel, what was easy, what was difficult, if you won, and more!

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

What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: NaNoWriMo 

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VIRTUAL: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): This Was Our Pact

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: This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival go, so they follow the river as far as they can until the only followers left are Ben and Nathaniel.

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 (​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: What's Cooking: Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program

This book group meets four times a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall.

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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