Created Equal Panel Discussion: Why Oak Park Needs a Housing Center in 2014

Join Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, along with Morgan Davis, Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, and former Housing Center Board President Glenn Brewer, to learn the crucial role the Housing Center still plays today in Oak Park.

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Local Author Kathryn Atwood: "Code Name Pauline"

Celebrate Women's History Month! Learn about one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters when local author Kathryn Atwood shares stories from the book, "Code Name Pauline." Pearl Witherington, age 29, parachuted into France to aid the French Resistance as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in September, 1943. Eventually, she rose to command 3,500 French Resistance fighters. This book contains never-before-published photographs from Pearl's personal collection.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Mississippi Burning"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to see and discuss "Mississippi Burning," the film story of two FBI agents who struggle to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small southern town while investigating the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. This film is based on an actual case.

This film, the second of three feature films, is part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

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Created Equal Panel: Black and White, Oak Park Love Stories

Meet George and Linda Bailey along with other Oak Park couples who fell in love decades ago and followed their hearts. It wasn't easy in the 1960 to want to marry a person of another race. Hear the stories from people who did that many years ago -- what they faced then, what it was like to raise bi-racial children in Oak Park.

"Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its "Bridging Cultures" initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal: An Integrated Oak Park? How Did That Happen?

A dedicated group of Oak Park residents passed an Open Housing Ordinance in 1968, created the Oak Park Housing Center in 1972 and banned local realtors from posting "For Sale" signs in the Village. These actions, along with many others, helped create an integrated Oak Park.

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"Frozen" Movie Screening

Don't thaw out just yet. Join us for this hot new release! (PG, 2013, 102 minutes)

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5th Annual Smartypants Trivia Night

The 5th Annual Smartypants Trivia Night competition is here! Step up to the challenge and compete for glory and prizes while supporting your library. Admission is $40 per person, and includes 2 free drinks, light refreshments and snacks.

Gather your team of 4-6 players to compete. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded to top scoring teams, and best costumed bunch. New this year: expanded seating by popular demand.

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Artist Reception: Photographer James Caulfield

Meet James Caulfield, photographer for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust for many years, at a reception in his honor. From Feb. 2 - March 2, Caulfield's photographs will be in an exhibit titled "Frank Lloyd Wright -- The Oak Park Years. Photographs by James Caulfield." The reception is free and open to the public.

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Women & Girls in Advertising

View portions of the documentary film "Killing Us Softly 4," an analysis of advertising's depiction of women and girls presented in advertising affect and our culture. You might be surprised at how much influence those one minute commercials and print ads have! For teens and adults.

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February Artist: Photographer James Caulfield

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Home and Studio by seeing “Frank Lloyd Wright – The Oak Park Years” Exhibit in the Oak Park Library Gallery in February. A reception for the artist will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

In the past several years, photographer James Caulfield, in collaboration with architectural writer Patrick F. Cannon, has produced four books with contemporary images of the exteriors and interiors of the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and other Chicago-area architects.

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