Adult Program

2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture with John Searles

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.

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Spooky Spell Yeah! a spelling bee for grownups

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.

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Al Gini: "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

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.

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Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: "Powder Necklace"

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.

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Author Event: Doug Deuchler with "Legendary Locals of Oak Park"

Meet Oak Park author Doug Deuchler and see what local "stars" are included in his newly published "Legendary Locals of Oak Park" book.

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Folk Music Concert: Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette

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.

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

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.

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Words on Wednesday: Buddha in the Attic

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.

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Seminar: Do I Really Need a Cover Letter?

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.

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Folk Music Concert: Del Rey

Enjoy a free folk music concert by Del Rey. Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four. At the age of 14, she was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music and recordings, especially those of the great blues guitarist Memphis Minnie. Her guitar playing is influenced by country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie-all filtered through the sensibility of an autodidact trailor-park aesthete.

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