Second Floor - Veterans Room

Gable's Girls: "Red Dust"

View and discuss "Red Dust," a 1932 film in which the owner of a rubber plantation in Southeast Asia becomes involved with the wife of one of his employees. With Jean Harlow and Mary Astor. 83 minutes.

Clark Gable's masculine presence enlivened 67 movies. To millions, he was Rhett Butler, the handsome, cynical, irrestible rogue. See and discuss five more movie classics from Hollywood's Golden Age, the 1930s, with film historian Doug Deuchler through Thursday, July 24.

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Gable's Girls: "Dancing Lady"

View and discuss "Dancing Lady," a 1933 musical in which attractive burlesque dancer Joan Crawford is rescued from jail by a millionaire playboy Clark Gable.

Clark Gable's masculine presence enlivened 67 movies. To millions, he was Rhett Butler, the handsome, cynical, irrestible rogue. See and discuss six movie classics from Hollywood's Golden Age, the 1930s, with film historian Doug Deuchler through Thursday, July 24.

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Explore Art Making with Beth Ryza

If you’d like to explore making art with various media like pastels, water colors and tissue, this is your chance! Oak Park artist Beth Ryza will offer a free art workshop. No previous painting experience is necessary. Class in open to 18 years and older. Call 708.697-6915 to register.

Beth Ryza is an experienced Oak Park artist who exhibited recent paintings titled “Flower Power” at the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery, this past January. Ryza’s large acrylic paintings emphasize organic shape, energetic movement, and vibrant color.

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Public Forum with Village President Anan Abu-Taleb

Meet Oak Park Village President Anan Abu-Taleb, ask questions, get answers at this public forum.

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Teen Clue: Live Version

Join us after hours to play a live edition of Clue. Teens only.

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Tribune Columnist Rex Huppke: "I Just Work Here"

Meet Chicago Tribune writer Rex Huppke who pens a workplace column called “I Just Work Here.” It’s a humorous weekly foray into the world of work, examining everything from email etiquette and bad bosses to the more significant workplace issues of the day. After the Oak Park resident began writing the column, Huppke jokingly declared himself “America’s Most-Beloved Workplace Advice Columnist.” No one ever questioned that, so he has humbly embraced the title.

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Author Robert Mueller: "The Men of Omaha Beach"

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Former U.S. Army Signal Corpsman Robert Mueller, author of "Fields of War: Battle of Normandy," shares stories and photos of that historic day, June 6, 1944. American soldiers stormed Omaha Beach and overcame German defenses. The Allied assault to liberate France from German occupation started with the invasion of the Normandy coast.

Mueller's previous book, "Fields of War: Fifty Key Batlefields in France and Belgioum" has received four national book awards including a Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

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One Book One Oak Park Celebration Party

Oak Park Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is almost complete, so let’s celebrate this year’s One Book One Oak Park title “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering” by Joshua Foer. Stop by and see how well you can do in our own small memory competition, revisit science projects from the summer, and enjoy some celebratory cake!

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Kids Indoor Rummage Sale

A very special “By Kids, For Kids” event as part of Money Smart Week. Kids may sign up to sell their stuff or just come as a buyer and see how far their dollar stretches. No registration needed to shop on sale day. Sellers must register in-person with a parent at the Main Library beginning March 18. Spaces are limited.

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Words + Music: a Pop-Up Book Fair After-Party

Curbside Splendor's WORDS + MUSIC pops up at Oak Park Public Library. Enjoy readings from Curbside authors, live music, and bookish camaraderie, plus a cash bar. 21+

Words by :
Susan Lanier (author of The Game We Play)
Bill Hillmann (author of The Old Neighborhood)
Daniela Olszewska (author of Citizen J)
James Tadd Adcox (author of Does Not Love)

Music by: Paul Cary

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