What's Cooking?

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share. We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats!

This month's selection is "Jerusalem" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, and our recipe choice is Mejadra. Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch Library one month prior to the event.

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Meeting Room - Maze Branch

Brown Bag: "Acqua Alta"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In Donna Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, Venice is the atmospheric backdrop to a case involving an American archaeologist and the murder of a museum director who was involved in the traffic of Chinese antiques. Books are available at Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Read & Reflect: "Behind the Gates of Gomorrah"

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California's Gorman State hospital, known locally as "Gomorrah," but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates. Unit C, where Seager was assigned, was reserved for the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world. This account of his rookie year blends memoir with a narrative science, explaining both the aberrant mind and his own determination to remain in a job with a perilously steep learning curve.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Brown Bag: "Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In author Christopher Fowler's 11th entry in his "Peculiar Crimes Unit" mystery series, a teenager sees a dead man rise from his grave--and moments later is killed in a sudden hit-and-run accident. Seven ravens housed in the impenetrable fortress that is the Tower of London vanish without a trace--and legend has it that when the ravens leave, the city will fall.

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Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Sculpture Walking Tour

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Get a personal behind-the-scenes walking tour from a local expert! Join staff member Lauren Cooper, who is also on the Village of Oak Park's Public Art Advisory Commission, for a guided tour of the 4th Annual Sculpture Walk. Learn more about the walk. Register now.

The tour will start and end at the Dole Branch Library.

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Dole Branch
Dole Branch
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The Lives They Lived: "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

In "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman," Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Massie tells the story of Catherine II, a German princess from a minor noble family who became the empress of Russia and ruled for 34 years. To escape her unhappy marriage to Peter III, Catherine began to read. "She had been a bright child; her languages then were French and German, [and] she learned Russian," Massie says. "She began to read the great philosophers of the French Enlightenment. And in that way, she developed a philosophy of rule."

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch

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