Words on Wednesday: "Outliers: the story of success"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In this book, you will journey through the world of “outliers.” You will learn the secrets of software billionaires, why people of certain cultures are better at academic performance, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. You will learn that culture, family and other factors, rather than just having a high IQ, contribute immensely in making a person successful. Join us to discuss this inspiring book by Malcolm Gladwell.
Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Adult Improv Showcase

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

Join us for a special night of improvisational theater. Watch performers from the Adult Improv Workshop ham-it-up onstage, and come see if improv might be right for you too! It's fun, it's funny and all are welcome. Refreshments provided.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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genre X: Play It As It Lays

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

genre X is on tour! Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s, now popping up at a new location each month. August's selection is Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. Join us to discuss at Fat Duck Tavern, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park.

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

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

Barbara Ballinger Lecture

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Each year, the Barbara Ballinger Lecture brings an accomplished author to speak in Oak Park. Hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, this public event is free, honoring Ms. Ballinger and her 32 years of library service in Oak Park, including 24 years as head librarian.

2014 Presenter: Marilyn Johnson

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author William Hazelgrove: Marketing Your Book in the Age of Social Media

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

There’s really only one way to sell your writing today: on the Internet. Best-selling novelist William Hazelgrove has used the power of social media to secure media and build sales for his six novels. William Hazelgrove will show what it takes to get started and how to put – and keep – your name in front of readers.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Explore the Art and Culture of Haiti with Laurie Beasley

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

See the beauty of Haiti and meet the people with long-time Oak Park resident and art gallery owner Laurie Beasley. Beasley will share her experiences from a recent trip she made to Haiti four years after the disastrous earthquake. Beasley has traveled to Haiti more than 40 times since 1997 and has lectured and written extensively about Haitian art.

“In Haiti, you witness a remarkable convergence of African, European and indigenous Taino cultures and traditions transformed by slavery and the triumph over it,” says Beasley.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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