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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T.O.: Flora and Ulysses Book Discussion & Journal-Making Craft

Comic book-obsessed, self-defined cynic Flora Belle Buckman's life is forever changed after rescuing a squirrel from a vacuum cleaner. However, this rodent turns out to be far from typical--he begins to exhibit astonishing feats of flying and strength, and has a gift for writing poetry as well! Join us for a discussion of this 2014 Newbery Medal winner, with a journal-making craft to follow. For kids going into 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.

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Kids Craft: Ladybugs

How many spots does a ladybug have? As many as you want! Join us as we use paint to transform rocks into these pretty insects. Best for ages 3+.

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June Artist Jennifer McNulty: "People, Places and History"

Oak Park Artist Jennifer McNulty's exhibit titled "People, Places and History" consists of 15 3D Photo Mosaics, a unique combination of photo prints and glass mosaics. A mural and mixed media artist, Jennifer is drawn to the challenges of depicting the human face and figure.

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Superhero Science

Join us as we explore the science behind some of our favorite superhero characters, and create tools and gadgets similar to the ones they use in their stories. Ages 8+. Register beginning July 16.

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Tribune Columnist Rex Huppke: "I Just Work Here"

Meet Chicago Tribune writer Rex Huppke who pens a workplace column called “I Just Work Here.” It’s a humorous weekly foray into the world of work, examining everything from email etiquette and bad bosses to the more significant workplace issues of the day. After the Oak Park resident began writing the column, Huppke jokingly declared himself “America’s Most-Beloved Workplace Advice Columnist.” No one ever questioned that, so he has humbly embraced the title.

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Author Robert Mueller: "The Men of Omaha Beach"

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Former U.S. Army Signal Corpsman Robert Mueller, author of "Fields of War: Battle of Normandy," shares stories and photos of that historic day, June 6, 1944. American soldiers stormed Omaha Beach and overcame German defenses. The Allied assault to liberate France from German occupation started with the invasion of the Normandy coast.

Mueller's previous book, "Fields of War: Fifty Key Batlefields in France and Belgioum" has received four national book awards including a Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

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Yarns & Yarn

All are welcome to join a group of avid readers who meet to discuss books while they knit and crochet blankets and scarves to donate to various charities. No knitting experience needed.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Home Game

When author Michael Lewis became a father, he decided to keep a written record of what happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. Feeling like a stranger in a strange land, he often felt puzzled at the gap between what he thought he should be feeling and what he actually felt. While he expected to be overcome by joy, he often felt puzzled; expecting to feel worried over a child's illness or behavior, instead he often felt indifferent.

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One Book One Oak Park Celebration Party

Oak Park Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is almost complete, so let’s celebrate this year’s One Book One Oak Park title “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering” by Joshua Foer. Stop by and see how well you can do in our own small memory competition, revisit science projects from the summer, and enjoy some celebratory cake!

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