Meeting Room - Dole Branch

Read & Reflect: "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey"

In this month's selection, fans of the series "Downton Abbey" will be lured in by a peek into the British aristocracy. Through diaries, letters, photographs and more, the author and current resident of Highclere Castle (where the series is filmed), the Countess of Carnarvon takes us on a journey through one family's history. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

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Senior SoundBoard: Thrive - A Holiday Survivors Guide

The Director of Thrive Counseling Center Sidney Wax will discuss the counseling services offered for individuals, families and older adults, while highlighting the primary goals of the counseling center, to enrich lives and empower the community.

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Senior SoundBoard: PADS-Charity to Change

What is the status of homeless in Oak Park and west Cook County today? How can we continue to be involved as a community to support those in housing crisis? Congregational Liaison for PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Mandy Gwaf (AmeriCorps) will come to give a talk about the new programs available for those people in need of shelter and resources to get them on the right track.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Ishmael:An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Does the Earth belong to us or do we belong to the Earth? This book presents a question that can only be answered by humanity one being at a time. Author Daniel Quinn creates a relationship between the “student,” whose search for the truth takes him on a journey in time that extends backward and forward over the life span of the earth; and the “teacher,” a creature of immense wisdom that has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Ishmael:An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Does the Earth belong to us or do we belong to the Earth? This book presents a question that can only be answered by humanity one being at a time. Author Daniel Quinn creates a relationship between the “student,” whose search for the truth takes him on a journey in time that extends backward and forward over the life span of the earth; and the “teacher,” a creature of immense wisdom that has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Brown Bag: "The Boy Who Stole the Leopard's Spots"

All is not well in Belle Vue, a village in the Belgian Congo. A horrible storm has literally divided the community in half. Long time residents begin to disappear and a sudden influx of strangers is just arriving. Danger seems to be everywhere. Once again, American missionary Amanda, Police Chief Captain Pierre Jardin, and the local witch doctor and his wise-woman wife, Cripple, team up to investigate. To figure out the mysteries of the present, they must first become embroiled in a mystery from the past which involved bizarre sexual rituals and cannibalism.

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Brown Bag: "The Devotion of Suspect X"

A single mom who murdered her ex-husband to protect her teenage daughter is desperate to dispose of the body. Her problem is solved by her neighbor Yasako, who has always adored her from afar. Together they establish alibis for themselves that seem plausible, until detective Kusanagi is assigned to the case. He finds several inconsistencies in their stories, which raise his suspicions. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

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Read & Reflect: "One Summer America"

In "One Summer America," author Bill Bryson explores the America of 1927 through newspapers, architecture, politics, Broadway, and baseball. Starring Al Capone, Babe Ruth, AL Jolson, Ruth Snyder, Charles W. Lindberg, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, and many more historical icons of the time. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

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Girls Outside the Box: "A Girl's Life"

"A Girl's Life" explores 21st Century challenges for teen girls, including bullying, social stress and media messages. What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female "ideal." Through film, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles and stereotypes and develop tools to successfully navigate through the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century. Ages 13+.

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Girls Outside the Box: "Codes of Gender"

“Codes of Gender” explores how the use of the body in advertising influences ideas about masculinity and femininity. What does it mean to be a girl in 2014? Women experience gender-based discrimination and violence, and are bombarded with negative messages about not living up to the female "ideal." Through film, activities and discussion, adolescent girls will explore gender roles and stereotypes and develop tools to successfully navigate through the challenges of being a young woman in the 21st Century. Ages 13+.

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