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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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Brown Bag: A Hero Of France

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
A Hero of France  by Alan Furst.  

This spy thriller takes place in Paris, 1941.  Mathieu leads a resistance cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England.  The German military police heighten surveillance, and Mathieu’s team face a new threat dispatched by the Rich to destroy them.

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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Words on Wednesday: Unsheltered

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Barbara Kingsolver's Unsheltered traces the experiences of a woman whose efforts to protect her family from sudden unemployment are shaped by the story of an ostracized nineteenth-century science teacher connected to her by their home in the community of Vineland, New Jersey.

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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Read & Reflect: Why We Sleep

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.  

This stimulating and important book from the director of Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating look into the purpose and power of slumber.  Walker wants us all to fall in love with sleep.

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 Mary Alice Monroe: The Summer Guests

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

Meet New York Times best-selling author and former resident of River Forest, Mary Alice Monroe, and hear stories from her new novel, The Summer Guests.

Mary Alice Monroe is the author of two dozen novels including The Beach House series and Lowcountry Summer series, as well as many other novels. Mary Alice is known for writing richly textured books that use the power of story to raise awareness about important issues impacting the wild. Her upcoming novel, The Summer Guests, is set in the horse country and deals with hurricane evacuation, begging the questions “What do you take with you?” and “What do you treasure?

Learn more about Mary Alice Monroe's book tour »

Registration recommended.

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One Book Discussion: Palaces for the People

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Join us to discuss Palaces for the People, best-selling author and eminent sociologist Eric Klinenberg's nonfiction title offering an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. 

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? Klinenberg suggests a way forward.

Books are available at all library locations and as an ebook through OverDrive.

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Author Callie Feyen: Twirl: My Life with Stories, Writing, and Clothes

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Scoville Room
What story do you want to walk around in? What compass do you need for your journey? To author Callie Feyen, clothes have always been part of finding and making her personal story. They’ve been a guide and an invitation. Whatever your personal style, Feyen’s multi-layered coming of age tale—which masterfully weaves timeless stories, writing, and clothes—will make you laugh, catch your breath, even cry. Then she’ll inspire you to decide who you want to be… and go for it. Try. You can always pick a new outfit—and find a new way, over time.
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Author Ian Saxine: Properties of Empire

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

Join Oak Park native and author Ian Saxine to learn a fascinating history of a contested frontier, where struggles over landownership brought Native Americans and English colonists together in surprising ways to preserve Indigenous territory.

Saxine’s book, Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonist and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier shows the dynamic relationship between Native and English systems of property on the turbulent edge of Britain’s empire. Learn how so many colonists came to believe their prosperity depended on acknowledging Indigenous land rights.

As absentee land speculators and hardscrabble colonists squabbled over conflicting visions for the frontier, Wabanaki Indians’ unity allowed them to forcefully project their own interpretations of often poorly remembered old land deeds and treaties. The result was the creation of a system of property in Maine that defied English law, and preserved Native power and territory. Eventually, ordinary colonists, dissident speculators, and grasping officials succeeded in undermining and finally destroying this arrangement, a process that took place in councils and courtrooms, in taverns and treaties, and on battlefields. The Book Table will have books for sale.

Ian Saxine grew up in Oak Park and is a graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School and Northwestern University. Saxine now works as Assistant Professor of History at Bridgewater State University. His writing has previously appeared in the New England Quarterly, winning the 2013 Whitehill Prize in Early American History.

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Author William Farina: Saint James

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Among the 12 disciples of Jesus, perhaps none has inspired more magnificent art—as well as political upheaval—than Saint James the Greater. Portrayed in the New Testament as part of Jesus’ inner circle, he was the first apostle to be martyred. Meet author William Farina and hear stories from his book, Saint James the Greater in History, Art, and Culture.

Eight centuries later, Saint James, or Santiago, became the de facto patron saint of Spain, believed to be a supernatural warrior who led the victorious Christian armies during the Iberian Reconquista. After 1492, the Santiago cult found its way to the New World, where it continued to exert influence.

Today, he remains the patron saint of pilgrims to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela. His legacy has bequeathed a magnificent tradition of Western art over nearly two millennia.
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Detection by Daylight: Twenty-One Days

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

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry

It's 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murder of his wife, Daniel's Pitt-family investigative instincts kick in, and he sets out to find the real killer. With only twenty-one days before Graves is to be executed, Daniel learns that Graves is writing a biography of Victor Narraway, the former head of Special Branch and a close friend of the Pitts. And the stories don't shed a positive light. Is it possible someone is framing Graves to keep him from writing the biography—maybe even someone Daniel knows in Special Branch? First in the Daniel Pitt 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: Heartbreaker

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
Heartbreaker: A Novel by Claudia Dey

Seventeen years after falling from a stolen car into a remote northern town, Billie Jean Fontaine is still an outsider. She may follow the stifling rules of this odd place, but no one will forget that she came from elsewhere. When Billie Jean vanishes one cold October night in her bare feet and track suit with only her truck keys, those closest to her begin a frantic search. Her daughter, Pony, a girl struggling against being a teen in the middle of nowhere; her killer dog to whom she cannot tell a lie; her husband, The Heavy, a man haunted by his past; and the charismatic Supernatural, a teenage boy longing only to be average. Each holding a different piece of the puzzle, they must come together to understand the darkest secrets of their beloved, and lay bare the mysteries of the human heart.

With her luminous prose, wry humour and dead-on cultural observations, Claudia Dey has created a storytelling tour de force about what it means to love, no matter the consequences.

New Moms Book Club is 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 are available at all library locations one month before the discussion. This meeting will be held at Exit Strategy Brewing Co., 7700 Madison St., Forest Park. Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions »
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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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Books and Brews: My Sister, The Serial Killer

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Offsite
Oak Park Brewing
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self defense and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police, but she loves her sister, and as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...

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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Words on Wednesdays One Book Discussion: Palaces for the People

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Join us to discuss Palaces for the People, best-selling author and eminent sociologist Eric Klinenberg's nonfiction title offering an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. 

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? Klinenberg suggests a way forward.

Books are available at all library locations and as an ebook through OverDrive.

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Author Susan Subak: The Five-Ton Life

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

Meet author Susan Subak and hear her presentation about discovering low carbon culture in west suburban Chicago. Her program is based on her book, The Five-Ton Life, a 2018 release from the University of Nebraska Press.

Subak explores important information related to Oak Park's greenhouse gas emissions profile, including fuel mix, the built environment, and mobility patterns, grounded in part by a history that pre-dates the widespread use of the automobile. She will review how Oak Park is considered, along with its neighbors Forest Park, Berwyn, and Maywood. The presentation includes a slide show and a book signing. Her book discusses carbon dioxide emissions from west suburban Chicago and other examples located on the East Coast of the United States.

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One Book Discussion at Buzz Cafe: Palaces for the People

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Offsite
Buzz Cafe
Join us to discuss Palaces for the People, best-selling author and eminent sociologist Eric Klinenberg's nonfiction title offering an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. 

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? Klinenberg suggests a way forward.

Books are available at all library locations and as an ebook through OverDrive.

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Brown Bag: The Various Haunts Of Men

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

Freya Graffham is a new  police detective in the small cathedral town of Lafferton.  When a middle-aged spinster goes missing, she can’t let go of the case.  More townspeople turn up missing, and her hunch is verified, and a serious search begins exposing her to danger.

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.

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Read & Reflect: The Line Becomes A River

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

An account of life between nations on our border with Mexico, and of the hearts and minds of the people who traverse the increasingly militarized borderlands.  As Cantu, the author, worked as a border patrol agent, he found that the job weighed heavy against his sense of humanity.  The Line Becomes a River is an important and timely book which sheds light on the reality of what is happening on the border.

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.

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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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One Book Discussion: Palaces for the People

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Join us to discuss Palaces for the People, best-selling author and eminent sociologist Eric Klinenberg's nonfiction title offering an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. 

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? Klinenberg suggests a way forward.

Books are available at all library locations and as an ebook through OverDrive.

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Friends' Annual Book Fair

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Offsite
Oak Park-River Forest High School

Join us again this year in the south cafeteria at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Friday, August 2, 6–10 pm. $5 admission fee, $5 per electronic device. 

Saturday, August 3, 9 am–5 pm. Free admission.

Sunday, August 4, 12-2 pm. Nonprofit & Educator Appreciation.
  • Free admission and free materials to everyone with valid nonprofit or educator ID, or 501c document.

About tax-deductible donations

  • At the Main Library only accepting: sellable books, movies, music
  • Not accepting: magazines, textbooks, and condensed texts (such as Reader’s Digest)

About volunteering

  • Volunteer sorters needed
  • Preview/pre-purchase each day you volunteer
  • Questions: call 708.697.6930 or email friends@oppl.org.

What do the proceeds support?

With funds raised, the Friends continue a tradition that supports literacy, learning, and community connections. Learn more »

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Friends' Annual Book Fair

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Offsite
Oak Park-River Forest High School

Join us again this year in the south cafeteria at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Saturday, August 3, 9 am–5 pm. Free admission.

Sunday, August 4, 12-2 pm. Nonprofit & Educator Appreciation.
  • Free admission and free materials to everyone with valid nonprofit or educator ID, or 501c document.

About tax-deductible donations

  • At the Main Library only accepting: sellable books, movies, music
  • Not accepting: magazines, textbooks, and condensed texts (such as Reader’s Digest)

About volunteering

  • Volunteer sorters needed
  • Preview/pre-purchase each day you volunteer
  • Questions: call 708.697.6930 or email friends@oppl.org.

What do the proceeds support?

With funds raised, the Friends continue a tradition that supports literacy, learning, and community connections. Learn more »

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Friends' Annual Book Fair

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Offsite
Oak Park-River Forest High School

Join us again this year in the south cafeteria at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, August 4, 12-2 pm. Nonprofit & Educator Appreciation.
  • Free admission and free materials to everyone with valid nonprofit or educator ID, or 501c document.

About tax-deductible donations

  • At the Main Library only accepting: sellable books, movies, music
  • Not accepting: magazines, textbooks, and condensed texts (such as Reader’s Digest)

About volunteering

  • Volunteer sorters needed
  • Preview/pre-purchase each day you volunteer
  • Questions: call 708.697.6930 or email friends@oppl.org.

What do the proceeds support?

With funds raised, the Friends continue a tradition that supports literacy, learning, and community connections. Learn more »

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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 Real Cool Killers

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

The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes


When Harlemites set about each other with knives, it's an everyday kind of happening. But when a white man is shot dead in a 1950s Harlem street one steamy evening it means trouble, big trouble.  Sonny, high on hash, is found standing over the body with a gun in his hand that fires only blanks. There’s a street gang called the Moslems, a disappearing suspect, and the fact that Coffin Ed's own daughter is up to her pretty neck in the whole explosive situation.  Featuring police detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones.



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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