Adult Program

OPAAC Art Reception

Reception for artists participating in the art galley exhibit coordinated by the Oak Park Area Arts Council.

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Barbara Ballinger Lecture

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

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OPRF HS Show Choir Performance

The Oak Park and River Forest High School show choir, Noteworthy, is
a highly selective group of singers, dancers, and live band members. Join us for a performance sure to make you want to stand up and cheer!

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

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.

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Oak Park Writers Read!

Writers from the Oak Park Writers Group which meets twice monthly on Thursday evenings at the Library share readings from their work. The group also sponsors an open mic at the Eastgate Café, 102 E. Harrison Street, Oak Park the second Sunday of each month from 5 – 7 p.m. Writers of all genres, storytellers, acoustic musicians, comedians, and singers are all welcome to perform.

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Explore the Art and Culture of Haiti with Laurie Beasley

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.

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"Italian Women in Chicago"

Meet editors and contributors of Casa Italia's newly published book, "Italian Women in Chicago: Madonna mis! QUI debbo vivere? (You mean I have to live HERE)?” published by the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia.

Editors Dominic Candeloro, Kathy Catrabone and Gloria Nardini will share stories from the book. The spotlight on Italians in Chicago has always been on the men. This anthology is a preliminary effort to “write” that wrong. Dominic Candeloro, lead editor, recruited almost 50 contributing authors, including attorney/author Theresa Amato of Oak Park.

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So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 4 of 4)

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.

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So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 3 of 4)

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.

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So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 2 of 4)

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.

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