Read & Reflect - The Man Who Invented Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

It’s Christmas of 1843 and writer Charles Dickens is deeply in debt and without hope of creating a story to improve his circumstances. Life during this period was full of uncertainty with the arrival of the industrial revolution. Unknowing Dickens wrote a book of hope, spirituality, and charity as a gift to lighten life at its darkest. Author Les Standiford researched the life and the reality of The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. “God bless us, everyone!” All are welcome to attend.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Yarns and Yarn

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

All are welcome to join a group of avid readers who meet to discuss books while they knit and crochet blankets and scarves to donate to various charities. No knitting experience needed.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Words on Wednesday: "Outliers: the story of success"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In this book, you will journey through the world of “outliers.” You will learn the secrets of software billionaires, why people of certain cultures are better at academic performance, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. You will learn that culture, family and other factors, rather than just having a high IQ, contribute immensely in making a person successful. Join us to discuss this inspiring book by Malcolm Gladwell.
Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Words on Wednesday: "Americanah"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Chimananda Ngozi Adiche's, Americanah , explores the experiences of culture shock, lost love, hardships, and racism of a well-educated Nigerian immigrant, Ifemelu, in America.

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

Location: 
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room

Adult Improv Showcase

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a special night of improvisational theater. Watch performers from the Adult Improv Workshop ham-it-up onstage, and come see if improv might be right for you too! It's fun, it's funny and all are welcome. Refreshments provided.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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genre X: Play It As It Lays

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

genre X is on tour! Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s, now popping up at a new location each month. August's selection is Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. Join us to discuss at Fat Duck Tavern, 7218 Madison St., Forest Park.

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

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

Barbara Ballinger Lecture

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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