Heartland Blood Centers will hold a Blood Drive on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library. Heartland Blood Centers is the sole provider of blood products to Rush Oak Park Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and more than 40 other hospitals in the Chicago metro area.
Meet Oak Park author Muriel E. Adams and learn how she came to write "I Love You More! A Bedtime Story and Word Game" to help her sons remember their father after he died.
Muriel E. Adams has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master in Science degree in Organizational Leadership. She currently teaches restorative justice classes for Governors State University on the Triton College campus.
We're celebrating our love of comics with fun for everyone at the Main Library! In the Veterans Room, artist Gene Ha talks about how to draw anything, working for DC Comics, self-publishing, and more. On the first floor, kids can learn archery with Hawkeye, basic action rolls with Spiderman, challenge themselves at the Superhero Training Academy, make fantastic crafts and much more. . Costumes are encouraged, and keep an eye out for special character guests!
Join us for a screening of P.S., a film by Chris Tyre. Tyre and soundtrack composer, Jason Williams, will discuss the film's genesis and take questions.
Oak Parker Michael Taylor of Holy Goat Percussion shares his love of djembe drumming by giving hands-on instruction and talking about how he came to his craft. Participation is encouraged and questions are welcomed.
Taylor's "Remembering How to Drum: A Study of Traditional Djembe Technique" DVD is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.
Join Oak Park director Dan Smolla and actress Misti Patrella for a screening and discussion of Dan's new film, "The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle." Dan and Misti will talk about their filmmaking process and discuss with viewers.
"The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle" is part of Oak Park Creates, the library's special collection of works by local creators. Learn more about Oak Park Creates.
Get your spell on! And bring your F-R-I-E-N-D-S to C-H-E-E-R you on. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and spelling starts at 7.
Cash bar, 21+.
All are welcome to come and cheer on spellers as they attempt spelling glory. No need to register to cheer! First drink is on the house, then enjoy a cash bar.
Can't wait to start spelling? Be sure to register now. Additional spelling spots will be available at the door. Two free drinks if you're brave enough to take the stage.
Attention, book lovers! Want to learn about future best-sellers before they become best-sellers? How about a chance to read books before they are published? Our library is hosting a Penguin Random House representative who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on Spring 2016 titles. Excerpt samplers, book catalogs, and tote bags will be available for attendees.
Join Michele Weldon for the launch of her newest book, "Escape Points: A Memoir." Free and open to the public.
Deftly lacing heartbreak with humor and insight, Michele Weldon provides a potent antidote to the crazy, harried, single-mom stereotype in "Escape Points." Untethered from a comfortable, upper-middle-class life with a handsome but abusive attorney husband, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed as she raised three growing sons alone in the face of cancer, with an ambitious career, and in the shadow of her ex.
Looking for a way to connect with other gardeners? Join members of the Sugar Beet Edible Garden Group for an informal potluck followed by three-minute talks and slideshows about members' gardens--bugs and all!