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Pride Party

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Come celebrate love and the rainbow of identities in our community with stories, songs, and a craft in honor of Pride Month.  Best for ages 3-8.

This event will also be held at the Main Library on June 21st.

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One Book Film Screening: Ex Libris, Part I

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join us to watch the first half of this fascinating documentary, part of the One Book, One Oak Park series programming. 

Frederick Wiseman’s film, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. With 92 branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. Learn more about the film »

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Community Empathy: Making Connections

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Join us for creating paper chains that show how we're all connected. Best for ages 5-10. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

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Equinox and Solstice Series: Summer

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Learn more about the equinoxes and solstices, through this four-part series. We will be exploring where our food comes from during different seasons and cooking something amazing with Cheryl Munoz, from Sugarbeet Schoolhouse.  
Summer is the perfect time to learn about berries!

Best for ages 5+.
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Book Bike: Neighborhood Nights at Maple Park

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Offsite
Book Bike
Join the Book Bike at Maple Park (1105 S. Maple Ave.) for "Neighborhood Nights" with the Park District of Oak Park

Neighbors of Maple Park are encouraged to stop by the Book Bike for an interactive storytime and an opportunity to build community with your neighbors. While you're there, explore and check out library materials, sign up for a library card, and learn more about our One Book, One Oak Park title, Palaces for the People, and the Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories!"

Learn more about Oak Park's Book Bike and follow along on social media with #OPbookbike.
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Pride Party

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Come celebrate love and the rainbow of identities in our community with stories, songs, and a craft in honor of Pride Month.  Best for ages 3-8.

This event will also be held at the Dole Branch on June 18th.

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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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One Book Film Screening: Ex Libris, Part 2

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Join us to watch the second half of this fascinating documentary and stay for discussion as part of the One Book, One Oak Park series programming. 

Frederick Wiseman’s film, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. With 92 branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. Learn more about the film »

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One Book Tech Workshop: Introduction to Oral History

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
Stories connect us. They help us grow, building empathy, understanding, and community. Come learn more about the Oak Park Oral History project and collection. Learn to use the recording technology and ways to share your stories. Basic computer skills required.

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Community Empathy: Yoga

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Courtyard - Maze Branch

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Join us in Maze's Accessible Sensory Garden for yoga in the great outdoors, led by local speech therapist and yoga instructor Natalie Toomey. Best for ages 5-10, with a caregiver. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

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Community Empathy: Reading Rainbow

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Join us for an episode of Reading Rainbow and discussion of books about community and care. Best for ages 5-10. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

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Book Bike: Pop-Up Library in the Parks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Offsite
Book Bike
Share books, songs and play with a fun storytime in the park! Today’s pop-up is located at Taylor Park (400 W. Division St.), weather permitting.

We’re bringing the library to your neighborhood this summer! Check out books from the library's Book Bike, sign up for the summer reading program, and engage with your neighbors, nearby daycare providers, and local community organizations that support families. Best for families with kids age 0-5, daycares, and preschools. No registration required. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

Tuesdays
May 21: 4-5 pm | Scoville Park
June 11: 10-11 am | Maple Park
June 18: 3:30-4:30 pm | Lindberg Park
July 9: 10-11 am | Taylor Park
July 23: 3:30-4:30 pm | Andersen Park
August 13: 10-11 am | Fox Park
August 20: 3:30-4:30 pm | Euclid Park
September 17: 3:30-4:30 pm | Field Park


Learn more about Oak Park's Book Bike and follow along on social media with #OPbookbike.

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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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Community Empathy: Gardening at Whittier

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Offsite

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Families and seniors are invited to Whittier's accessible garden to make recipes with ingredients from the garden. This program is in partnership with SugarBeet Schoolhouse. Best for ages 5-10, with a caregiver. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

NOTE: This event will be held at Whittier Elementary School Greenleaf Gardens, 715 N. Harvey Ave., Oak Park.

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

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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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Registration is open

One Book Tech Workshop: Introduction to Oral History

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
Stories connect us. They help us grow, building empathy, understanding, and community. Come learn more about the Oak Park Oral History project and collection. Learn to use the recording technology and ways to share your stories. Basic computer skills required.

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Registration is open

One Book: Field Trip to BUILD Inc.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Offsite
Join the Oak Park Public Library on a field trip to visit BUILD Inc., a youth agency founded in 1969 which has helped thousands of young people transform their lives. Originally founded at Ashland and Division, today this anti-gang agency reaches over 3,500 youth a year from its headquarters at 5100 W. Harrison, just east of Oak Park in the Austin neighborhood. Meet Executive Director Adam Alonso and volunteer Pete Todd, both Oak Park residents who help provide young people in challenging neighborhoods in Chicago experience a rich variety of experiences in the arts, athletics, college and career preparation, entrepreneurship, leadership development and technology.

NOTE: This event will be held at BUILD Inc., 5100 W. Harrison, Chicago. 

Participants will receive driving and parking directions in advance.

The BUILD model blends the best practices of restorative justice, conflict mediation, prevention, development, and behavioral health, and is designated an evidence-based Effective Program by the US Dept. of Justice.

In May of 2019, BUILD celebrated 50 years as a life-changing Chicago institution. 

Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

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Community Empathy: All About the Bees

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Courtyard - Maze Branch

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Join us to learn how bees help keep the world running, and then taste some of their honey. Best for ages 5-10, with a caregiver. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

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Book Bike: Neighborhood Nights at Taylor Park

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Offsite
Book Bike
Join the Book Bike at Taylor Park (400 W. Division St.) for "Neighborhood Nights" with the Park District of Oak Park

Neighbors of Taylor Park are encouraged to stop by the Book Bike for an interactive storytime and an opportunity to build community with your neighbors. While you're there, explore and check out library materials, sign up for a library card, and learn more about our One Book, One Oak Park title, Palaces for the People, and the Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories!"

Learn more about Oak Park's Book Bike and follow along on social media with #OPbookbike.
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RESCHEDULED TO JULY 12: One Book-Tech Workshop: Introduction to Oral History

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 12

Stories connect us. They help us grow, building empathy, understanding, and community. Come learn more about the Oak Park Oral History project and collection. Learn to use the recording technology and ways to share your stories. Basic computer skills required.  https://www.oppl.org/news-events/authors-books/one-book-one-oak-park/
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Community Empathy: Making Connections

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Join us for creating paper chains that show how we're all connected. Best for ages 5-10. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

View More

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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Community Empathy: Crafting at the Oak Park Arms

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Offsite

This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Kids and their caregivers are invited to the Oak Park Arms to make crafts and cards with seniors. Studies have shown that kids and older adults benefit from intergenerational connections and it's fun for all! Best for ages 5-10. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »

NOTE: This event will be held at Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Please join us for any and all events in the series. All take place on Wednesdays, 4-5 pm:

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One Book: Tea With Your Neighbor

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Community Engagement Space
Join us and experience the program described in this year's One Book pick Palaces for the People. Come for some tea and snacks while getting to know your fellow community member. 

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Community Empathy: Meditation

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Maze Branch
Courtyard - Maze Branch
This summer, we're practicing how to best take care of our community and ourselves. Join us in Maze's Accessible Sensory Garden for meditation in the great outdoors.  Best for ages 5-10, with a caregiver. Learn more about One Book, One Oak Park »
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