Words on Wednesday: "The Optimist’s Daughter"

Set in the South, this story explores class, death and values through the conflict between Laurel, a middle-aged daughter of a judge, and her stepmother Fay. Join us to discuss this Pulitzer-Prize winning novel.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

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"The Lego Movie" Film Screening

Everything is awesome! Come check out Emmett on the big screen. (PG, 2014, 100 minutes)

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Girls Outside the Box

'Codes of Gender' is the third film in the 'Girls Outside the Box' series. This film explores the role of gender in our everyday lives and how the use of advertising influences ideas about masculinity and femininity.

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Girls Outside the Box

What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female 'ideal.' Through films, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles, stereotypes and develop some tools to successfully navigate through the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century.

The movie, 'A Girl's Life' explores today's challenges for teen girls, including bullying, social stress and media messages. Please join us for this powerful film.

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Oak Park Tax Talk with Ali ElSaffar

Join us for a discussion on affordable taxes after retirement. Oak Park Township assessor Ali ElSaffar will address the issue of rising taxes and how best to avoid the financial liabilities. This special community conversation is open for all to attend.

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Maze Minute Challenge

3 golf balls must be stacked on top of each other and stay in place for 3 seconds. The catch? You've got just one minute to do it! Join us as we apply scientific methods and engineering principles to help deconstruct even the toughest of games. Ages 8+. Register beginning July 2.

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Robot Storytime & Craft

Calling all androids...Join Ms. Jenny & Mr. Ian for robot-themed stories, with a fun craft to follow. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto! Best for ages 3+.

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Busy Brains Exhibition

Keep those brains busy this summer! Through a variety of exhibit stations, learn about the principles of rotation, flight, gravity, construction, air/water pressure, and excavation. Best for ages 5+.

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Excel for Beginners

Learn the basics of this popular spreadsheet program to help you organize your life or gain a new job skill. To attend: must be familiar with basic computer functions.

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T.O.: "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp" Book Discussion & Terrarium Make

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J'miah are the eyes and the ears of the Sugar Man Swamp. Unfortunately, catastrophic news is afoot! World-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to drain the swamp and turn it into the Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park. When the raccoon brothers team up with twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, the struggle begins to save the swamp, and all of the other animals that call it home. Join us for a discussion of this imaginative book, with a terrarium craft to follow. For kids going into 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

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