For children 2 to 6 years, with their special guy. Designed for dads to have an opportunity to read, play, sing, and share fun storytime experiences with your kids in a relaxing environment. Moms are also welcome.
Oak Park resident, Omar Yaminis road to incarceration was not paved with neglect, abuse, or stints in juvenile detentions or group homes. Yamini was raised in a two parent suburban home with his five siblings. His positive home life could not detour him from the poor choices that would eventually land him in an Illinois penitentiary for 15 years. Yamini has chronicled his imprisonment in a power new book, Whats Wrong with You: What You, Your Children and Our Students Need to Know about My 15 year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. Join him as he shares his compelling and powerful story.
Oak Park Artist Lindsay Olson interviewed scientists, engineers and operators at the worlds largest waste water treatment plant in Stickney, Illinois, to learn the real story about water in a dense urban area. Her art exhibit, "Manufactured River" is a celebration of this live-saving service most of us take for granted.
For children 3 to 5 years. Through longer picture books and concept games, children build important pre-reading skills in this fun and enriching session. This class builds skills and supports school success.
Learn about the Lyric Opera presentation of "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin from an experienced Lyric Opera lecturer. "Porgy and Bess" is the great American opera bursting with iconic songs that have moved easily into the worlds of jazz and pop, becoming hits again for generation after generation. Six years after its triumphant Lyric debut, Francesco Zambello's big, beautiful, epic production returns with its finely etched portrait of life in Catfish Row a vibrant but impoverished African-American community on the South Carolina coast.
See the beauty of Haiti and meet the people with long-time Oak Park resident and art gallery owner Laurie Beasley. Beasley will share her experiences from a recent trip she made to Haiti four years after the disastrous earthquake. Beasley has traveled to Haiti more than 40 times since 1997 and has lectured and written extensively about Haitian art.
In Haiti, you witness a remarkable convergence of African, European and indigenous Taino cultures and traditions transformed by slavery and the triumph over it, says Beasley.
For children 3 to 5 years. Through longer picture books and concept games, children build important pre-reading skills in this fun and enriching session. This class builds skills and supports school success. OPPL card required at Main Library.
For 1s and 2s, with a caregiver. Created especially for curious wanderers, we bring stories to life by sharing delightful books, friendly puppets, music, and movement games. OPPL card required at Main Library.