Anniversary Concert: Latin Suenos Jazz Quartet

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join Steven Hashimoto and the Latin Suenos Jazz Quartet for a free concert in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the "new" Main Library and 110 years of library service to the Oak Park community. This music encompasses the sounds of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco and more.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture with John Searles

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author John Searles will present the 2013 Annual Barbara Ballinger Lecture.

Join us for an evening with the author of best-selling novels "Boy Still Missing" and "Strange but True". Searles, who has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS' The Early Show, is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Spooky Spell Yeah! a spelling bee for grownups

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Spell Yeah! is back, with a spooky twist. Join genre X for our 3rd annual spelling bee for grownups.

Registration for spellers is open now, and is highly encouraged. Some drop in spots will be available the night of the event. Doors open at 8 PM, and spelling begins at 8:30 PM.

Top spellers will be rewarded for their smarts with fabulous prizes. Audience members and spellers who sport their spookiest duds could also win.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Al Gini: "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet River Forest author and long-time Loyola University Professor, Al Gini, when he shares stories from his new book, "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders." Co-authored with Ronald Green, this book
shows how an individual's character, and especially their virtue, is the defining factor. Without these 10 vital virtues, leadership becomes "misleadership." The authors, both renowned business ethicists, combine theory with fascinating biographical detail on exemplary leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Oprah Winfrey.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: "Powder Necklace"

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond shares stories about her contemporary debut novel, "Powder Necklace," as well as her writing process. Far from the classic finding-your-roots story, this tale about a British teen’s return to her parents’ Ghana homeland is unsettling drama, with no clear coming home. That is what makes the wry, honest first-person narrative so memorable and so surprising, according to Booklist. Brew-Hammond draws on her own American Ghanaian identity to dramatize the hardship and the rich diversity of a multicultural heritage. AfriWare Inc. will sell books.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

Folk Music Concert: Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Folk singers Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette bring their love of traditional music and wealth of original songs to Oak Park in a free concert. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their five duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, including WFMT Radio's Midnight Special.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Robert Elder: "The Best Film You've Never Seen"

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Academy award-winning films and giant blockbusters have been memorialized. But what about the movies on the other end of the spectrum: the box office flops, the overlooked gems, the lesser-known art films? In "The Best Film You’ve Never Seen: 35 Directors Champion the Forgotten or Critically Savaged Movies They Love" by Robert K. Elder, these oft-disregarded films receive all the praise they deserve from some of the biggest directors in Hollywood. Meet author Robert Elder, hear his favorite stories and see film clips.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Words on Wednesday: Buddha in the Attic

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Before World War II, many Japanese mail-order brides came to the U.S. to make a life for themselves. The author depicts a delicate and heartbreaking portrait of these women. Join us to discuss this remarkable book.

Copies of The Buddha in the Attic will be available for pick up on the second floor of Main Library one month before the discussion.

Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Seminar: Do I Really Need a Cover Letter?

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

How important is having a cover letter? According to a recent survey of employers, it’s very important. In this seminar, you will review the components of a cover letter, and what you should and should not be including in one. Presenter: Eileen Vesey, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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