MLK Day of Service

Join the library in commemorating Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Civil Rights icon, MLK's contributions to America with an overview of volunteer service opportunities, trivia games and more.

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Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture

Join Anthony Rubano, Project Designer at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, when he presents "Through the Picture Window: Postwar Suburban Housing." Rubano will explore how post-war tract homes were the building expression of the mid-20th century American ideal. Suburbia itself represented the American Dream and home ownership was its biggest component.

This free series of three lectures is a collaboration between Pleasant Home Foundation and the Oak Park Public Library.

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Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture

Join Keith Bringe, Director of the Chicago Art Deco Survey which has been cataloging early modern architecture since 2008, to see rare and newly discovered archival images of buildings built between 1915 and 1940.

Bringe is a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter and served as co-president of the Chapter from 2006 to 2010. From 2002 to 2006, Bringe served as Executive Director of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple Restoration Foundation in Oak Park.

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Adult Improv Workshop

Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue...

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What's Cooking?

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'll 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 Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, and our recipe choice is "Onion Panade." Copies of the book are available at the Maze Branch Library one month prior to the discussion.

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Learn to Up-Cycle old T-Shirts

Have a ton of old shirts in the closet that you don't have the heart to throw out? Learn a couple of up-cycle modifications to make new styles out of old T-shirts. Some nips, tucks, and sewing will give you a new shirt to show off! Be sure to bring your own t-shirts--other supplies will be provided.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

We have visited Chicago in present time and the future, we have found first love in the 80's, and dipped into the world of fanfiction. All of our book choices are decided by the teens who read. What will our next book be?

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Entertaining Your Valentines With Love

Acclaimed host and chef Marc Seivers is back! Join Marc for an amazing Valentine's Spectacular. Gain great hosting tips and nosh on some delicious cookies. Register in person, online at oppl.org/events or by calling 708.386.9032 beginning January 23.

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DIY Valentines

Boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or family. Show your love with a hand-made Valentine! We'll supply everything you need. Get ready to get your glitter on! All are welcome. Best for ages 12+.

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Teen Rockumentaries: "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"

Explore the world of music, have some popcorn and learn about the Chicago group Wilco and how they rose. Follow it up with some free time to try out an assortment of musical instruments. Bring some friends and make your own new tunes- Oak Park style! For ages 13+.

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