Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr. Neal Lester

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Like no other word in the English language, the N-word spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry"

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Take a look into the phenomenon of UFOs and how governments the world over have dealt with sightings, speculation and controversy. Author and public speaker Richard Thieme will share information from "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" which he co-authored as part of the UFO History Group.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Word for Beginners

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Get to know Word 2007 in this beginners-level class. If you have basic computer skills and want to type a letter, resume, fax, or list, we will get you started on this mighty word processing program.
To attend: must have basic computer skills.

Location: 
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
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Girls Outside the Box: "A Girl's Life"

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

"A Girl's Life" explores 21st Century challenges for teen girls including bullying, social stress and media messages. What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female "ideal." Through film, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles and stereotypes and develop tools to successfully navigate the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century. Ages 13+.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 1 of 4)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Magic Workshop

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

You can be a magician! The Chicago chapter of the Society of American Magicians will present an astounding show, then teach kids the basics of conjuring. For ages 6+. Register beginning September 13.

Location: 
First Floor - Storytime Room
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Oak Park Writers Read!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Members of OPWG will read selections of their original works including poetry, short stories, and essays. The group includes novice writers as well as published authors. This year Chicago poet Al DeGenova, author of "A Good Hammer" as well as publisher and editor of the literary/arts journal, "After Hours," will appear as a guest reader.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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