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October 1, 2013

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October 1, 2013

2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture Presenter John Searles

John Searles presents Ballinger Lecture

Join us Friday, Oct. 25, at the Main Library for the 2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture featuring presenter John Searles. A best-selling author, book critic on NBC's Today show, and author of Boy Still Missing and Strange But True, Searles is the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His latest release is the widely praised Help for the Haunted. A reception and book signing will immediately follow this free event, presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Space is limited; reserve yours today ›

New Arrivals

I Hate Music

I Hate Music

People in the Trees

People in the

Hanya Yanagihara

Let Him Go

Let Him Go
Larry Watson

How Literatire Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life
David Shields

Current Happenings

Love is back: two ways to play

"Love Your Library, Show Your Card" kicks off today, offering our cardholders two ways to play throughout October. Visit participating businesses and show your card for special offers. New this year, earn loyalty points for prizes from us, just for using your card. See a list of participating businesses, and get all the details about how to earn points and prizes at ›

Love Your Library, Show Yur Card

5 days until we all celebrate!

On Saturday, Oct. 5, join us to celebrate 10 years in the current Main Library building and 110 years in the community. The daytime party kicks off in neighboring Scoville Park with story-performer Chris Fascione, musician Jim Gill, and author Eric Rohmann. The Frog Lady visits Maze, Gary Kantor brings magic to Dole, and the Main Library re-opens its doors at 7 pm for a special after-hours party featuring live music from The Boogers and R-Gang, complimentary appetizers and sweets, and a cash bar for beer and wine. Celebrate with us ›

Jim Gill performs Saturday, Oct. 5

School's Out Dahl-apalooza

Join us on three different days for daytime movie screenings, a live theater performance and clever crafts - all based on characters created by Roald Dahl, one of our favorite children's authors. Four feature film screenings at Main Library require no registration. Registration is required for the GreatWorks Theatre Company adaptation of The BFG on Oct. 14, and to create a dream jar at Dole Branch and Roly Poly Bird at Maze Branch. Get more details and register now ›


Truth is Stranger...

Based on the age-old idea that truth is stranger than fiction, we're happy to bring you a brand new non-fiction book discussion. The quarterly series at Maze Branch will host its first evening meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 pm with Candice Miller's tale of President James Garfield, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. Books are available now at Maze Branch. Join us at this new discussion, and see a list of more book discussions hosted at the library ›

Destiny of the Republic

More Library News

Upcoming Events

Author Tavi Gevinson: Rookie Yearbook 2
Tuesday, Oct. 1
7 pm, Unity Temple

Broadway to Hollywood Film Series:
The Little Foxes

Wednesday, Oct. 2
1:30 pm, Main Library Veterans Room

Meet the Artists: Literary Explorations
Artist Receptions
Sunday, Oct. 6
2 to 4 pm, Maze Branch & Dole Branch
3 to 5 pm, Main Library Art Gallery

Find more library events on our calendar.


The Importance of a Strong Resume
Monday, Oct. 7
2 to 4 pm
Main Library Veterans Room

Wednesday, Oct. 9
9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Computer Classroom

Intermediate Word
Tuesday, Oct. 15
9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Computer Classroom

Find more technology learning opportunities.


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