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

Civil War Tales: True Stories from Oak Park

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Hear first-person tales from Oak Park citizens including Ernest Hemingway's two grandfathers who fought in the Civil War, Major Wilbur Crummer who was left for dead at Vicksburg, a young man who lied about his age to help the Union, and a grieving widow. This multi-media experience combines footage from the Historical Society's Tale of the Tombstones Cemetery Walk which focused on the Civil War with live re-enactors portraying Oak Park citizens.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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The Great Maze Chili Cookoff

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Get ready for the 2nd annual Maze Branch Chili Cook-Off. Bring an end to the cold season and get ready for Mardi Gras with a nice piping bowl of chili! All entries are welcome, be it an old family recipe, or something new that you just whipped up. Judges will be in attendance and small prizes will be awarded based on categories (TBA based on registration numbers). Register in person at the Maze desk, or online.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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7th Annual Oscarthon

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Oscarthon is back and bigger than ever with popcorn, trivia, prizes, and showcasing a film screening each day the week before the 87th Academy Awards.

• Monday February 16, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Tuesday February 17, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Wednesday, February 18, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Thursday, February 19, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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7th Annual Oscarthon

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Oscarthon is back and bigger than ever with popcorn, trivia, prizes, and showcasing a film screening each day the week before the 87th Academy Awards.

• Monday February 16, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Tuesday February 17, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Wednesday, February 18, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Thursday, February 19, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

7th Annual Oscarthon

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Oscarthon is back and bigger than ever with popcorn, trivia, prizes, and showcasing a film screening each day the week before the 87th Academy Awards.

• Monday February 16, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Tuesday February 17, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Wednesday, February 18, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Thursday, February 19, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

7th Annual Oscarthon

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

The Oscarthon is back and bigger than ever with popcorn, trivia, prizes, and showcasing a film screening each day the week before the 87th Academy Awards.

• Monday February 16, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Tuesday February 17, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Wednesday, February 18, 6:30pm – 9pm: Maze, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)
• Thursday, February 19, 6:30pm – 9pm: Dole, 1 film (to be determined in mid-January)

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Civil War: Leslie Goddard portrays " Civil War Nurse Clara Barton"

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This first-person program presented by Leslie Goddard introduces Barton as a tireless worker who faced remarkable challenges in her quest to care for wounded soldiers. Learn about the medical conditions during the American Civil War and about the courage required for a woman who dared to brave the war’s front lines.

Want to learn more? Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War by Stephen B. Oates (1995) is recommended.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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So You Want to Be a Tutor?

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free 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 will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

Training will cover:
* The Definition of Tutoring and Basic Tutoring Guidelines
* The Role of the Peer Mentor
* A Successful Tutoring Session
* Some Tutoring/Mentoring Dos and Don'ts
* Communication Skills & Diversity Dialogue

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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