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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.


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

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VIRTUAL: Mic Check Public Speaking Series

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Discover how to gain greater confidence and minimize your fears in this public speaking program! For high school and college students (ages 13-24), this five-week, online workshop series provides guidance from a seasoned instructor and opportunities to practice presenting in front of others. Each session is one hour a week.

Our first session was awesome, and there's still time to join! Please register on or before February 23 to participate in the remaining four sessions of this series. And check out this video to learn more »

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

Who is this online course for?

  1. High school and college students (ages 13-24) who want to share their gifts and talents with the world but struggle to feel confident to express themselves with others.
  2. Young adults who have something to say/share, but need help building self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Young adults who want to empower and motivate others through their personal stories.
  4. Young adults who want to be in a space to connect and engage with other people.
  5. Young adults who would like to become a public speaker but don’t know where to start.

What you'll learn

  • Get strategies for developing a speech
  • Practice presenting virtually
  • Become familiar with talking in front of people
  • Learn skills that will enable you to overcome your fear of public speaking
  • Identify reasons for uneasiness
  • Discover preparation tools designed to boost your confidence
  • Plan and present a presentation from opening to close that will have a positive impact on your audience

Course schedule
Join us virtually Tuesdays, February 16 - March 16, Time: 5:30-6:30 pm:

  • February 16: Icebreaker: introduction to public speaking, learn the dos and don’ts, and watch a short video clip
  • February 23: Check-in round: review the parts of speech, learn valuable public speaking tools, and write a brief impromptu speech
  • March 2: Check-in round: watch a short video clip and learn confidence-building strategies and engagement techniques to connect with your audience
  • March 9: Check-in round: share, review, and critique speeches
  • March 16: Check-in round: come prepared to present your five-minute speech to a virtual audience

About the instructor
Ms. Darcel Washington is passionate about helping teens and young adults build their confidence through public speaking. She is a seasoned public speaker, mentor, educator, and Teen Services Specialist at the Oak Park Public Library. She has mastered engaging and connecting with her audience in an unforgettable way and is excited about helping you do the same.

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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.


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

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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.


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

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VIRTUAL: Mic Check Public Speaking Series

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Discover how to gain greater confidence and minimize your fears in this public speaking program! For high school and college students (ages 13-24), this five-week, online workshop series provides guidance from a seasoned instructor and opportunities to practice presenting in front of others. Each session is one hour a week.

Our first session was awesome, and there's still time to join! Please register on or before February 23 to participate in the remaining four sessions of this series. And check out this video to learn more »

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

Who is this online course for?

  1. High school and college students (ages 13-24) who want to share their gifts and talents with the world but struggle to feel confident to express themselves with others.
  2. Young adults who have something to say/share, but need help building self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Young adults who want to empower and motivate others through their personal stories.
  4. Young adults who want to be in a space to connect and engage with other people.
  5. Young adults who would like to become a public speaker but don’t know where to start.

What you'll learn

  • Get strategies for developing a speech
  • Practice presenting virtually
  • Become familiar with talking in front of people
  • Learn skills that will enable you to overcome your fear of public speaking
  • Identify reasons for uneasiness
  • Discover preparation tools designed to boost your confidence
  • Plan and present a presentation from opening to close that will have a positive impact on your audience

Course schedule
Join us virtually Tuesdays, February 16 - March 16, Time: 5:30-6:30 pm:

  • February 16: Icebreaker: introduction to public speaking, learn the dos and don’ts, and watch a short video clip
  • February 23: Check-in round: review the parts of speech, learn valuable public speaking tools, and write a brief impromptu speech
  • March 2: Check-in round: watch a short video clip and learn confidence-building strategies and engagement techniques to connect with your audience
  • March 9: Check-in round: share, review, and critique speeches
  • March 16: Check-in round: come prepared to present your five-minute speech to a virtual audience

About the instructor
Ms. Darcel Washington is passionate about helping teens and young adults build their confidence through public speaking. She is a seasoned public speaker, mentor, educator, and Teen Services Specialist at the Oak Park Public Library. She has mastered engaging and connecting with her audience in an unforgettable way and is excited about helping you do the same.

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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.


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

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VIRTUAL: TechGirlz Workshop: You Can Be a Photographer: Photography For Marketing

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program

In this workshop, students in grades 5-8 will learn how to put a new background on their photographs, as well as some other fun features and effects using free computer software (PIXLR) and a smartphone app called PhotoLayers.


They will discover the impact made by editing photos and how the techniques are used in marketing and advertising. Come edit yourself into a beautiful winter wonderland!


Please create a free PIXLR account prior to the workshop. We will provide stock photos to edit, but the student may have their own photos as well. Laptop, Mac, PC, or Chromebook with internet access required.

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

ABOUT TECHGIRLZ

TechGirlz provides workshops to girls, virtually, with the help of industry professionals and community leaders. TechGirlz’ mission is to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers; to develop a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology. Are you a teen ages 15-17 and want to volunteer with TechGirlz? Learn more »


Please join us for any and all virtual programs in this series:

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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.


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

View More

VIRTUAL: Mic Check Public Speaking Series

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Discover how to gain greater confidence and minimize your fears in this public speaking program! For high school and college students (ages 13-24), this five-week, online workshop series provides guidance from a seasoned instructor and opportunities to practice presenting in front of others. Each session is one hour a week.

Our first session was awesome, and there's still time to join! Please register on or before February 23 to participate in the remaining four sessions of this series. And check out this video to learn more »

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

Who is this online course for?

  1. High school and college students (ages 13-24) who want to share their gifts and talents with the world but struggle to feel confident to express themselves with others.
  2. Young adults who have something to say/share, but need help building self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Young adults who want to empower and motivate others through their personal stories.
  4. Young adults who want to be in a space to connect and engage with other people.
  5. Young adults who would like to become a public speaker but don’t know where to start.

What you'll learn

  • Get strategies for developing a speech
  • Practice presenting virtually
  • Become familiar with talking in front of people
  • Learn skills that will enable you to overcome your fear of public speaking
  • Identify reasons for uneasiness
  • Discover preparation tools designed to boost your confidence
  • Plan and present a presentation from opening to close that will have a positive impact on your audience

Course schedule
Join us virtually Tuesdays, February 16 - March 16, Time: 5:30-6:30 pm:

  • February 16: Icebreaker: introduction to public speaking, learn the dos and don’ts, and watch a short video clip
  • February 23: Check-in round: review the parts of speech, learn valuable public speaking tools, and write a brief impromptu speech
  • March 2: Check-in round: watch a short video clip and learn confidence-building strategies and engagement techniques to connect with your audience
  • March 9: Check-in round: share, review, and critique speeches
  • March 16: Check-in round: come prepared to present your five-minute speech to a virtual audience

About the instructor
Ms. Darcel Washington is passionate about helping teens and young adults build their confidence through public speaking. She is a seasoned public speaker, mentor, educator, and Teen Services Specialist at the Oak Park Public Library. She has mastered engaging and connecting with her audience in an unforgettable way and is excited about helping you do the same.

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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.


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

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VIRTUAL: Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

3:00 PM - 4:00 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: Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Sheets

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month's book: Sheets by Brenna Thummler.

When Marjorie, a practical teen in charge of her family's laundry business, encounters Wendell, a ghost seeking purpose in the forbidden human world, the pair must find a solution to Wendell's hauntings that are causing chaos in Marjorie's life.
  • Copies are available for checkout in the library's catalog or for download through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla? 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.
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event for all four sessions.

Join us for any all meetings held Fridays, 5-6 pm:

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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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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VIRTUAL: Mask Sewing With Sky Cubacub (Part 1 of 2)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Curious about how to make your very own face cover? Designer Sky Cubacub will demonstrate how to make a mask in part one of this two-part virtual program for young adults in grades 4-8.

Supplies needed for this program:
  • 1/3 of a yard of fusible interfacing
  • 2/3 of a yard of muslin (or any 100% woven cotton with a tight weave)
  • A spool of thread
  • 2 buttons, each 1 inch in diameter
  • Pins
  • A sewing needle
  • Access to scissors
  • Access to an iron (if possible)
REGISTER IN ZOOM NOWAfter you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

About Sky Cubacub
Sky Cubacub (pronounced Koo-BAH-Koob) is the non-binary queer and disabled Filipinx creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of wearables for trans, queer, and disabled people of all sizes and ages. Sky was named 2018 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and is a 2019/2020 Kennedy Center Artist and a Disability Futures Fellow. For more fashion and upcycling with Sky Cubacub, visit YOUmedia's Radical Fit program.
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