Civil War Tales: True Stories from Oak Park

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Through a multi-media experience combining footage from the Historical Society's Tale of the Tombstones Cemetery Walk, which focused on the Civil War with live re-enactors portraying Oak Park citizens, hear first-person tales from Oak Park citizens. These include Ernest Hemingway's two grandfathers who fought in the Civil War, Major Wilbur Crummer who was left for dead at Vicksburg, a young man who lied about his age to help the Union, and a grieving widow.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Family Event: Doctor "Guess Who" Tournament - CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Play your favorite board game with a twist. We'll modify this classic game to feature the faces of your favorite Doctor Who characters instead. Play against your friends and family to see who will become the champion in all of Who-verse. Registration necessary.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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Second Annual Great Maze Branch Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Get ready for the Second Annual Great Maze Branch Chili Cook-Off. Bring an end to the cold season and get ready for Mardi Gras with a nice piping bowl of chili! All entries are welcome, be it an old family recipe, or something new that you just whipped up. Judges will be in attendance and small prizes will be awarded based on categories (TBA based on registration numbers). Register now.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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The Pre-Valentine's Day Jitterbug Ball

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Join dance teacher Margot Toppen to learn swing dance -- all ages welcome! Dress fancy; vintage clothes welcome. A River Forest resident, Margot is the author of the children's book, JITTERBUGS! is inspired by real-life 1930s Lindy Hop dancers George Snowden ( Shorty George ) and Beatrice Gay ( Big Bea ) who used their height difference to advantage to win contests at places like the famed Savoy Ballroom in Harlem New York.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Civil War: Leslie Goddard portrays " Civil War Nurse Clara Barton"

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This first-person program presented by Leslie Goddard introduces Barton as a tireless worker who faced remarkable challenges in her quest to care for wounded soldiers. Learn about the medical conditions during the American Civil War and about the courage required for a woman who dared to brave the war’s front lines.

Want to learn more? Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War by Stephen B. Oates (1995) is recommended.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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My Story Matters: Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Clients of PADS and community members are invited to a weekly writing workshop, Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Main Library. Library staff and people from PADS will lead the group in writing exercises to share stories and experiences. Refreshments will be served

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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My Story Matters: Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Clients of PADS and community members are invited to a weekly writing workshop, Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Main Library. Library staff and people from PADS will lead the group in writing exercises to share stories and experiences. Refreshments will be served

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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My Story Matters: Creative Writing Workshop

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Clients of PADS and community members are invited to a weekly writing workshop, Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Main Library. Library staff and people from PADS will lead the group in writing exercises to share stories and experiences. Refreshments will be served

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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