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January 22, 2013

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Oak Park Public Library News

January 22, 2013

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America’s Music to feature films discussions, performances

Coming in February and March, the “America’s Music” series will explore uniquely American musical genres: blues, gospel, jazz, Broadway, bluegrass, country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. Enjoy concerts, documentary film screenings, lectures, and more. We are one of just 50 sites nationwide chosen to host this innovative series coordinated by Tribeca Film Institute and the American Library Association with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Discover America’s Music ›

New Arrivals

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Android Phones for Dummies
Dan Gookin

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Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
Susannah Cahalan

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Black Boy, White School
Brian F. Walker

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The Essential Aerosmith

Current Happenings

Register your team for Smartypants Trivia Night

Registration is now open for the 4th annual trivia night fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Library. Teams of 4 to 6 people will compete on Saturday, March 2. Trivia will start promptly at 7:30 pm at the Main Library. $35 per person. Register for Smartypants Trivia Night ›

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Idea Box: What’s in store

You have until Sunday to make your wishes for 2013 and beyond. Stop by Idea Box at the Main Library to take a look at what others are wishing for and add your own wish. Then in February, enjoy some better weather in our Idea Box, before March Madness takes over! More about Idea Box ›

wish for world peace written on a star in Idea Box

Book discussions for new year

We’ve launched new monthly book discussions at our branch libraries. Maze Branch is hosting “Graphic Novels,” “What’s Cooking,” and “Places of Mystery.” Dole Branch added “I Love Romance” and “Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully,” and is continuing the “Brown Bag Discussions” and “Read and Reflect.” All library book discussions are open to those who are committed to talking about books. Find book discussion details ›

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Changes to serve you better

Many library users are between the ages of 9 and 18, so we're completing work this week that improves areas for both teens and tweens in the Main Library. Overall, our goal is better spaces for our younger customers to interact in, feel proud of, and inspire a love of learning, reading and being at the library. Over the next few months, we’ll watch and listen closely to assess how these new spaces are best used and if additional tweaks should come. Learn more about our space changes ›

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More Library News

Upcoming Events

Folk Music Concert: Dennis Stroughmatt
Thursday, January 24
7:00 pm Main Library Veterans Room

Tween Glow in the Dark Party
Thursday, January 24
7:00 pm Main Library Storytime Room

Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1900-1950
Sunday, January 27
2:00 pm Main Library Veterans Room

Find more library events on our calendar.


The Importance of a Strong Resume
Thursday, January 24
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Main Library Veterans Room

Word for Beginners
Thursday, January 24
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Main Library Small Meeting Room

Job Searching Online
Wednesday, January 30
9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Small Meeting Room

Learn more about our classes here.


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