Adult Program

French Conversation Hour-THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Join French Conversation Hour to keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation, or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson - just practice for current French speakers.

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French Conversation Hour

Keep up your French language skills through open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation, or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson - just practice for current French speakers.

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The Business of Humanity: Starting a Social Enterprise Pt. I

Find your business niche and make a difference! Join us for the first workshop in a series of 3 weekly business 'start-up' gatherings in the library open lobby space.

As enterprises like Tom's Shoes, Ashoka, Ten Thousand Villages,Warby Parker and others are solving problems and changing the system,
learn from presenter, Melissa Brown, of The Small Business Association, how to create entrepreneurial businesses that have social impact.

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"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry"

Richard Thieme will present "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" which is a scholarly historical study in a field which sees a lot of dubious speculation. As a CHOICE review says, it's "an exception." The subject has been marginalized over the years but the history of the subject has not and,can not be, inasmuch as the government responded continuously to the challenge, and that's what Richard and others document in a fascinating account.

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American Promise

Join fellow community members to watch and discuss this intimate and provocative documentary. (2013, 135 minutes)

The film by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson chronicles the divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation of two middle-class African-American boys who attended a prestigious school. Presenting complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity, "American Promise" will serve as a springboard for a discussion about achievement in our own community.

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Folk Music Concert: Andrew McKnight

Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.

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Films of Elia Kazan: "On the Waterfront"

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"On the Waterfront" features Marlon Brando as an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggling to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. The film won Best Picture of 1954 and Kazan won Best Director.

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OPAAC Art Reception

The Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) will present a Member's Art Show during October to celebrate Arts & Humanities in Illinois Month.
This reception is for the participating artists. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show will feature the work of 25 artists for the first two weeks and then another 25 artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the art gallery. For more information, contact Camille Wilson White at 708.358.5692.

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

Like no other word in the English language, the Nword 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.

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Senior SoundBoard: Thrive - A Holiday Survivors Guide

The Director of Thrive Counseling Center Sidney Wax will discuss the counseling services offered for individuals, families and older adults, while highlighting the primary goals of the counseling center, to enrich lives and empower the community.

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