One Earth Film Festival: "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story"

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows,
culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be
throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food
waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own
fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that has been discarded.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

The Valentine's Day Jitterbug Ball

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Join dance teacher Margot Toppen to learn swing dance -- all ages welcome! Dress fancy; vintage clothes welcome. A River Forest resident, Margot is the author of the children's book, JITTERBUGS! is inspired by real-life 1930s Lindy Hop dancers George Snowden ( Shorty George ) and Beatrice Gay ( Big Bea ) who used their height difference to advantage to win contests at places like the famed Savoy Ballroom in Harlem New York.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Civil War 150: Major General George Thomas

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Meet Major General George Henry Thomas and his wife to learn how a man born on a slave-holding plantation in Virginia became a graduate of West Point and later fought for the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Thomas did not resign his commission in the U.S. Army. His decision to remain loyal to the Union created a deep rift with his family, one that would not heal in his lifetime.

Location: 
Offsite
Pleasant Home - Oak Park
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Oak Park Concert Chorale: Early Music Choral Fest

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:00am

Oak Park Concert Chorale Director Paul Lindblad hosts a two-part Early Music Choral Fest for singers who are interested in the experience of singing madrigals, cannons and other early choral music. Session I runs from 10 a.m. to Noon, followed by a short public performance in the library. Singers can bring lunch or go out for lunch on their own between noon and 1:30 p.m. Session II is open only to those singers who attended the morning session. Session II runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a public performance. Free and open to the public. No experience required.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Adult Improv Workshop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Adult Improv Workshop

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Birds of the World

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tony and Jette Castro have traveled to many countries on their birding adventures. They'll regale us with stories and photographs of a variety of the world's birds...warblers, jays, raptors and woodpeckers are among the species they'll present.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Resumes and Cover Letters for Your First Job

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

What do you list as "experience" when you don't have any? This workshop will give participants a thorough overview of the basic building blocks needed to construct a resume, how to describe your skills, and what will help you stand out to employers.

Presented by Cosette Deal from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The session is designed especially for high school students and recent graduates.

Location: 
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
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How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Have you ever wondered when you should have "the talk" with your kids? What are things you should talk about? Do you know what you would say? Dr. Stephanie L. Brown, Public Health Specialist of the Oak Park Health Department, would like to provide you with the tools and info you need to "Talk To Your Kids About Sex."

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Words on Wednesday: "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Larson's riveting story of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 focuses mainly on two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect who was the driving force behind the fair, and Henry H. Holmes, a serial killer working under the cover of the busy fair. Join us to discuss this compelling thriller.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

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