Battle of the Bands

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Come to Scoville Park to watch local teens compete for a chance to advance to the regional competition in July. Besides the opportunity to hear great local bands, we'll have games and chances for the audience to win some really cool prizes just for showing up.

Rain Location: School of Rock (219 Lake St.)

This event is sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park, the Oak Park Public Library, and School of Rock.

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Main Library
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MiniCon

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Come celebrate comics and fandom of all types, and take home comics for free! We'll have classes, contests, games, and more. Everyone is welcome to this library-wide extravaganza!

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Talent Show

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Show us what you've got! Bring your voice, your instruments, or just your talented self.

Register now to perform and expect a phone call to follow up. Each act should run no more than seven minutes. Rehearse with us on Monday, August 17, 3:30-5:30.

All are welcome to enjoy the show.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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What's Wrong With You!

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Oak Park resident, Omar Yamini’s road to incarceration was not paved with neglect, abuse, or stints in juvenile detentions or group homes. Yamini was raised in a two parent suburban home with his five siblings. His positive home life could not detour him from the poor choices that would eventually land him in an Illinois penitentiary for 15 years. Yamini has chronicled his imprisonment in a power new book, What’s Wrong with You: What You, Your Children and Our Students Need to Know about My 15 year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. Join him as he shares his compelling and powerful story.

Location: 
First Floor - Community Space

So You Want to Be a Tutor? (Session 4 of 4)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Register

Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr. Neal Lester

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Like no other word in the English language, the N-word spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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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