Unexpected Lessons from the Heartland: Conversations with Rural Women

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

After completing an audio documentary workshop at Duke University, long-time Oak Park psychologist Jane Samuelson conducted oral histories of older women in rural Champaign County, Illinois. Samuelson heard stories of a way of life that has virtually disappeared. These women were first-hand witnesses to the transition from the family farm to mechanized agriculture, and then to agribusiness.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Community Discussion on Race Post Ferguson

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Dan Haley, publisher of the Wednesday Journal, Rob Braymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, and Village Trustee Glenn Brewer for a Community Discussion on Race Post Ferguson. The community leaders of Ferguson, Missouri, joined other communities to discuss integration efforts at the Oak Park Exchange Congress. In 1994, Ferguson actually hosted the Exchange Congress.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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genre X: Woke Up Lonely

Tuesday, November 25, 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. November's selection is Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel.

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.

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

genre X: Blindness

Tuesday, September 23, 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. September's selection is Blindness by José Saramago.

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

Urban Chicken Keeping

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Curious about keeping chickens in your backyard? Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost will answer your questions and share her experiences with raising chicks, caring for adult birds and keeping your neighbors happy! Register now.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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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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