Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Lisa Paul: "Swimming in Daylight"

Meet Lisa Paul,author of "Swimming in Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet Dissident, and the Gift of Hope." In the early 1968s, Lisa, a Wisconsin native, was a 23-year-old Catholic American college student who lived and worked in Moscow to study Russian first hand.

Her Russian tutor, Inna Meiman, was a Soviet-Jewish dissident and refusenik, who was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatments abroad.

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"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry"

Richard Thieme will present "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" which is a scholarly historical study in a field which sees a lot of dubious speculation. As the CHOICE reviews says, it's "an exception." The subject has been marginalized over the years but the history of the subject has not and,can not be, inasmuch as the government responded continuously to the challenge, and that's what Richard and others document in a fascinating account.

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Documentary Film Screening: "@home"

@home is a journey to the invisible communities of people living without permanent housing. It explores the causes of homelessness and the complexities of living on the street, through the eyes of homelessness advocate, Mark Horvath.

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Astronomy for Everyone

International award-winning astronomer and former consultant to NASA Kevin Manning wants us to "look up to the stars!" The world beyond our own is vast and he'll explain some of the most fascinating parts. We'll start inside with an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, then head outside to view the amazing rings of Saturn, craters of the moon and other jewels of the night sky through a powerful telescope, weather permitting. Best for ages 5+ with an adult. Register beginning Sept. 3.

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genre X Presents: Foodie Bingo

Craving some friendly competition and delicious foodie fun? Join us for an evening of bingo with multiple rounds of prizes for adults who love to eat, drink, and spell B-I-N-G-O.

No registration required, just be ready for an epic bingo showdown.

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Rembrandt van Rijn: Overcoming Success

Professor Munman will present an overview of Rembrandt’s career, from the visually bold canvases of his youth, to the magisterial self and group portraits of his maturity, to his deeply felt interpretations of Biblical narratives.

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Practice ACT Test

High school students can sign up for this free, fully proctored, full-length practice ACT test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep. Students will learn what to expect in a test-like environment and receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.

Space is limited so registration is required. Registration begins Saturday, July 19.

Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.

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Learn How Author/Artist Roberta Raymond Created “Amy and the Amaryllis”

Meet Oak Park author/artist Roberta L. Raymond and see her newly published children's book. “Amy and the Amaryllis” was written by Roberta L. Raymond and illustrated in light and lively watercolors with pen and ink. The book is designed by James Groll and is published by the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. Books will be available for sale and signing for $20.

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Author Dave Revsine: The Opening Kickoff

Meet Dave Revsine, lead studio host for the Big Ten Network, who will share stories from his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation.

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Frozen Karaoke Sing-Along

Let's sing! We'll play Frozen on the big screen and want to hear you singing along with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Costumes encouraged, but not required. (PG, 103 minutes)

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