Author Jane Morocco: "Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe"

Author Jane Morocco: "Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe"

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet River Forest author Jane Morocco and see vintage photographs from her book, Trailside Museum: The Legend of Virginia Moe
The Italianate mansion that is now Trailside Museum was built in 1874 by Abraham Hoffman, a Chicago businessman. Four years later, the Hoffmans established a ladies' seminary for upper-class young women; the mansion later became a boarding school for wayward boys.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Michele Weldon: "Escape Points: A Memoir"

Author Michele Weldon: "Escape Points: A Memoir"

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Michele Weldon for the launch of her newest book, Escape Points: A Memoir. Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried single-mom stereotype. With the help of family, friends, and the local high school wrestling coach, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years she spent raising three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, with an ambitious career, and in the shadow of her ex-husband.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Oak Park Creates Presents: Holy Goat Percussion

Oak Park Creates Presents: Holy Goat Percussion

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Oak Parker Michael Taylor of Holy Goat Percussion shares his love of djembe drumming by giving hands-on instruction and talking about how he came to his craft. Participation is encouraged and questions are welcomed. 
Taylor's Remembering How to Drum: A Study of Traditional Djembe Technique DVD is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Author Janis Johnston: "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent"

Author Janis Johnston: "It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent"

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Janis Johnston, an Oak Park family psychologist, who will share ideas from her book,"It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development." Learn a step-by-step path to enhanced parenting. Not only can children benefit from this approach, but parents can find renewal in their own potential along the journey.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Lego Club

Lego Club

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

We supply plenty of these popular building blocks so your kids can have creative fun making structures of all shapes and sizes! All ages welcome.

Location: 
Meeting Room
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Peter Stamatis: Dandelions for Dinner

Peter Stamatis: Dandelions for Dinner

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

What happens to a family already on the brink of disaster when the world around them crumbles? "Dandelions for Dinner: Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America" presents a memoir set in the small town of Gargaliani, Greece. Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy, the story unfolds from the end of the 19th century throuh the Greek Civil War of the 1940s. It is an epic tale of youth, family, poverty, war and unjust loss. "Dandelions for Dinner" is the surprising story of what remains when everything else is lost.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture with John Searles

2013 Barbara Ballinger Lecture with John Searles

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author John Searles will present the 2013 Annual Barbara Ballinger Lecture.

Join us for an evening with the author of best-selling novels "Boy Still Missing" and "Strange but True". Searles, who has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS' The Early Show, is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Al Gini: "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

Al Gini: "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet River Forest author and long-time Loyola University Professor, Al Gini, when he shares stories from his new book, "10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders." Co-authored with Ronald Green, this book
shows how an individual's character, and especially their virtue, is the defining factor. Without these 10 vital virtues, leadership becomes "misleadership." The authors, both renowned business ethicists, combine theory with fascinating biographical detail on exemplary leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Oprah Winfrey.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: "Powder Necklace"

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: "Powder Necklace"

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond shares stories about her contemporary debut novel, "Powder Necklace," as well as her writing process. Far from the classic finding-your-roots story, this tale about a British teen’s return to her parents’ Ghana homeland is unsettling drama, with no clear coming home. That is what makes the wry, honest first-person narrative so memorable and so surprising, according to Booklist. Brew-Hammond draws on her own American Ghanaian identity to dramatize the hardship and the rich diversity of a multicultural heritage. AfriWare Inc. will sell books.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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