September 18, 2012

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September 18, 2012

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Love Your Library! Show Your Card!

Show your library love like Val of Val's halla Records, one of 27 local businesses offering discounts and more to library cardholders this September.

And don’t miss your chance to win a $25 Downtown Oak Park gift certificate. Just post a photo of you and your card at, then tag our page to be entered in a random drawing. Learn more about Love Your Library! Show Your Card!

New Arrivals

Consider the Fork
Bee Wilson

The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams
Various Artists

Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan


Current Happenings

Kids' Community Service Club

Climb into sleeping bags and feel what it’s like to sleep on a hard surface, create “no-sew” blankets and scarves to donate, and more. Our after-school community service club for kids kicks off at 3:30 pm Thursday, September 20 at the Main Library. Kids ages 3 to 12 will get an age-appropriate introduction to PADS, a local organization providing services to the homeless. This is the first in a series of free workshops highlighting local community service organizations. Families are encouraged to participate together. Learn more about the community service club ›

Spell Yeah: Sophomore Year

Last year 35 contestants competed for the fame and glory of being Oak Park’s number one speller. This year, genre X hosts the after-hours spelling bee on Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 pm at the Main Library. Take your shot at the top spot or grab a seat in the audience. Free and open to the public. Cash bar, 21+. Learn more about Spell Yeah! ›

Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Make a statement during Banned Books Week. We’ll take your mug shot (posed with your favorite banned book) and post you on our “most wanted” wall. Stop by the Main Library’s Idea Box October 1 through 7 to “get booked” and see other “dangerous readers” in your neighborhood. If you don’t have a banned book with you, we will have an ample supply to choose from! Read more about banned books on the American Library Association's website ›

photo by Paul Emmel

More library news

Upcoming Events

Film Screening: Alice's Ordinary People
Monday, September 24
7:00 pm Main Library Veterans Room

Phat Fiction Book Discussion: Lady Elect by Nikita Lynnette Nichols
Wednesday, September 26
7:00 pm Takara, 123 N. Marion St, Oak Park

Illinois Soldiers in the Civil War
Sunday, September 30
2:00 pm Main Library Veterans Room

Find more library events on our calendar.


Tech Skills: Microsoft Excel 2007 for Beginners
Thursday, September 20
9:30 to 11:30 am
Main Library Computer Classroom

Tech Skills: LinkedIn 101
Tuesday, September 25
7:00 to 8:45 pm
Main Library Small Meeting Room

Tech Skills: Job Searching Online
Thursday, September 27
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Main Library Computer Classroom

Learn more about our classes here.


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