What's Wrong With You!

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Oak Park resident, Omar Yamini’s road to incarceration was not paved with neglect, abuse, or stints in juvenile detentions or group homes. Yamini was raised in a two parent suburban home with his five siblings. His positive home life could not detour him from the poor choices that would eventually land him in an Illinois penitentiary for 15 years. Yamini has chronicled his imprisonment in a power new book, What’s Wrong with You: What You, Your Children and Our Students Need to Know about My 15 year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. Join him as he shares his compelling and powerful story.

Location: 
First Floor - Community Space

The Business of Humanity: Starting a Social Enterprise, Pt..3

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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 Small Business Association presenters, Melissa Brown and Mark Ferguson, just how to create entrepreneurial businesses that have social impact.

​October 15-Pt.1
9:30 am - 11:30 am
"Starting a Business in Illinois"

Location: 
First Floor - Community Space
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So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 4 of 4)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part 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 covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr. Neal Lester

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Like no other word in the English language, the N-word 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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Senior SoundBoard: PADS-Charity to Change

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

What is the status of homeless in Oak Park and west Cook County today? How can we continue to be involved as a community to support those in housing crisis? Congregational Liaison for PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Mandy Gwaf (AmeriCorps) will come to give a talk about the new programs available for those people in need of shelter and resources.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Films of Elia Kazan: "A Face in the Crowd"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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.

"A Face in the Crowd" (1957) features Andy Griffith, as a rural drifter who becomes an overnight media sensation, but also grows drunk with fame and power. 126 minutes.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "Pinky"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

genre X: The Lottery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s at Fat Duck Tavern & Grill. October's selection is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

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

For more information on genre X, and our upcoming discussions, visit our website and join our Goodreads group to see a list of upcoming and previous selections.

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

American Promise

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

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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