Author Chuck McCutcheon: Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes"

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Chuck McCutcheon, co-author of "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech." McCutcheon explains that his book is a guide to the language of politics by two veteran observers, not only defining terms and phrases but explaining their history and etymology; who uses them against whom, and why; and revealing the most telling, infamous, amusing and shocking examples of their recent use.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room

Author Michele Weldon: Parenting by the Book

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

Just in time for the holidays, get an honest dose of parenting experiences turned to prose. Award-winning author and journalist Michele Weldon will read from her latest ebook, “Just Me and My Three Sons.” But there’s more! Writers of all ages and experiences are invited to submit their own 300-word story about your parents, your life as a parent or caring for your parents.
Join Michele Weldon to share parenting stories on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Lisa Paul: "Swimming in Daylight"

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Lisa Paul,author of "Swimming in Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet Dissident, and the Gift of Hope." In the early 1968s, Lisa, a Wisconsin native, was a 23-year-old Catholic American college student who lived and worked in Moscow to study Russian first hand.

Her Russian tutor, Inna Meiman, was a Soviet-Jewish dissident and refusenik, who was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatments abroad.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Sean Brennan: "Bridie's Boy -- A Memoir

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

You don't have to be from Chicago or Irish to fall in love with Bridie, the Gaelic-speaking, fresh-from-Eire heroine of "Bridie's Boy," by Sean Brennan. Sean's parents, Tom and Bridie Brennan moved to Oak Park and settled into a glorious Victorian on South Euclid Avnue. Born the 10th of 11 Brennan children, Sean began his writing career at the dining roo table in Pop's sewing room. Come hear his entertaining stories of growing up in Chicago and Oak Park in the 1950's and 60's. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Creativity after 70: Author/Artist Roberta Raymond

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Robert Raymond and hear how she keeps her creative spark alive. The children’s book "Amy and the Amaryllis" was written and illustrated by the Oak Park author and artist. The book is designed by James Groll and is published by the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. The Magic Tree will have books available for sale and signing.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Casa Italia: Italian Women in Chicago

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Kathryn Atwood: Women Heroines of World War I

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn about WWI heroines from local author Kathryn Atwood. She'll share 70 archival photos and tell how millions of women worldwide mobilized for the war effort in a variety of ways. In the process, these women became powerful symbols both in their government's propaganda efforts as well as in the women's rights movements of their day. Atwood will define the concept of hero in both world wars while illustrating how some heroines of the World War I directly inspired those who participated in WW II. Atwood will have books available for sales and signing.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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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