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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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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:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


View More

** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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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: Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Looking to gain strong leadership skills, self-advocacy skills, and have a community voice? The Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB) is for you! Apply to join the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board »

LETAB is an opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to use their voice to serve the library, other youth, and the community. Members will provide the youthful perspective that is so important to developing strong teen programs and adding value to the library’s Teen Services team and to the Oak Park community.

The advisory board meets virtually via Zoom on the third Friday of each month from 4 to 5 pm. A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members each month. 

Please register for this event if you would like to attend a meeting as a guest with this link.
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** VIRTUAL:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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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:Living History Project

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

The Living History Project (LHP) is an attempt at youth leadership development that seeks to provide a space to help cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, and gain public speaking experience. A major component of this project is that its authentically youth led meaning that youth are given the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research as well as plan and organize community presentations. Facilitated by long time social justice and human rights activist Billy Brooks, LHP’s program structure is fairly informal and flexible, capable of adjusting to a variety of settings. It is within this informal conversationalist structure that Mr. Brooks is able to further instill necessary leadership skills ranging from foundations to effective communication to critical thinking and public speaking. In effect what the LHP is prepared to offer students is:


  • Knowledge of effective communication and social skills

  • Further development of critical thinking skills

  • Research skills

  • Experience with direct project management 

  • Experience with public speaking

  • Self advocacy strategies You can register with this link.


You can register with this link.


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