LGBT Film Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Oak Park Public Library is proud to sponsor the 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) film festival, highlighting some of the best in independent film making. Films run four consecutive Sundays in September and October, starting at 2 pm in the Main Library Veterans Room.

Sept. 21 - "Zenne Dancer" (2012) 99 min. Turkey. Winner of the Antalya Golden Orange and Nuremberg film festivals, "Zenne Dancer" tells the story of a trio of gay men, whose different perspectives on gay culture in conservative Turkey tell a poignant and emotional story.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Read & Reflect - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, was a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas. The universe functioned without the aid of gods, religious fear was damaging to human life, and matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Galaxy T-Shirts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Add some galactic flair to your wardrobe. Bring your own dark-colored t-shirt and we'll turn it into a interstellar work of art. For teens and adults.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Adult Improv Workshop

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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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Kids Improv Workshop

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling kids (1st-4th grade), for improvisational drama games! Never acted before but always wanted to try? Looking for a way to build your sharing and cooperation skills? Come join us for fun and games that are sure to test your quick-thinking skills. And remember, in improv, everyone wins! Warning: hilarity will ensue...

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Words on Wednesday: "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry "

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

A. J. Fikry, the irritable owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years. He has given up on people, and even the books in his store are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. That is until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. Join us to discuss this bestseller.

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

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Engaging with Aging

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

What options are available to assist your aging parent? Where can mom and dad move and how will they get there?

These questions and more will be addressed by “Engaging With Aging,” a straightforward look at what’s involved in getting older and the types of resources that are available to help people manage the process at their own speed.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Banned Books Week: "Books on the Chopping Block"

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate Banned Books Week with City Lit Theatre Company’s “Books on the Chopping Block,” a performance of dramatic readings of excerpts of some of America’s most frequently Banned Books.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Dental Art & Suffrage: Germany's Margarete Herz and Helene Wolff

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

During the German Empire, dentists Margarete Herz (1872-1947) and Helene Wolff (1871-1917) were founding members of the local democratic Women's Suffrage Association in Bonn in 1909. Researcher Ingeborg Boxhammer, M.A., of Bonn, Germany will present a lecture on these women who early on promoted economic and personal independence for women as well as the democratic right to vote and healthy lifestyles. Margarete Herz had opened a vegetarian restaurant in eastern Germany, but needed to flee the country in 1938 because she was Jewish and lost all her belongings to the Nazi Regime.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Writer Michael Czarnecki: Palm-of-Hand Workshop

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. The immensity of such a project can overwhelm us. Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from New York, will offer his “Palm of the Hand” Memoir Writing Workshop to help make that desire a reality.

These workshops have been very successful in helping people to write extensively about their life experiences - whether for family members or to someday be published in a book, according to Czarnecki.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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