7th Annual Oscarthon

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Our Oscarthon is back, and bigger than ever! Join us in the week leading up to the 87th Academy Awards to watch some of this year’s contenders in multiple categories and enjoy popcorn, trivia, and prizes!

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 pm, Maze Branch: "Guardians of the Galaxy" (PG-13, 121 minutes)

Thursday, Feb. 19, 6:30 pm, Dole Branch: "The LEGO Movie" (PG, 100 min)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 9 am-5 pm, Main Library (estimated start times listed)

- 9 am "The Judge," (R, 141 minutes)

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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6th Annual Smartypants Trivia Night

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 6:15pm to 10:15pm

Join us for this fundraising event to support the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund, an open fund managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation that is used to build bridges between the library and the community.

What you need to know before you register:
- Admission is $50 per person and includes two drink tickets. A cash bar and snack buffet will be provided.
- Space is limited. 21 teams of up to six people per team will be accepted.
- Team costumes are encouraged but not required. Judges will award a prize for "best team costume."

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Meet a Sloth!

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Flying Fox Conservation visits with a mini-menagerie of animals and fascinating stories about their work saving endangered species. Best for ages 4+. Registration with an Oak Park Public Library card necessary.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Art Institute's Gloria Groom: "New Light on Some Old (and New) Favorites"

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Just when you think you’ve seen and read everything there is to know about Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago, there’s something around a corner that stops you in your tracks. Whether it’s a tambourine where a painting should be, a transformed surface of a recently cleaned canvas, or a pentimenti that suggests a painting beneath a painting, art at the museum is never static: it moves, expands, and takes on new meanings with each rotation, with each new interaction.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Kids Cooking 101 with Marc Sievers

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Calling all young chefs...Learn about safe kitchen practices and the basics of cooking with author, and Bobby Flay-awarded "Best Home Cook in Chicago," Marc Sievers. Marc will walk us through some tasty, no-cook, peanut-free recipes that can be easily duplicated at home. Then he'll send us with some tasty treats for the road. Ages 7+. Registration with Oak Park Public Library card necessary.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
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Author Greg Archer: "Grace Revealed, A Memoir"

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Seventy-five years after Joseph Stalin's reign of terror across Eastern Europe, entertainment journalist Greg Archer takes a step back from Hollywood and examines his Polish family's mind-bending odyssey of the 1940s. In the process, he exposes one of the most under-reported events of the 20th Century: Stalin's mass deportation of nearly two million Polish citizens to the Siberian gulags and the life-shattering events that followed.

For more information, see gracerevealedbook.com

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Financial Aid Certification: FAFSA Made Easier

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Session 1 of 3 of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)'s 2014-15 Annual Financial Aid Certification Program

Who is a "parent" for financial aid purposes? Who can certify that a student is "at-risk of being homeless?" Find answers to these questions and many more by attending this line-by-line review of the FAFSA. Special emphasis is placed on dependency questions, untaxed income, and how to avoid common mistakes.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Event Type: 
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What's Cooking?

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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 "The Essential NY Times Cookbook" by Amanda Hesser, and our recipe choice is James Beard's Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month prior to the event.

Location: 
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
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