90-Second Newbery Extravaganza

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

No need to travel to the gala screening in New York, James Kennedy brings the best of the fest to us! The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less. This family-friendly show will highlight some of the best entries and inspire kids to explore their own inner filmmaker. Best for ages 5+.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr. Neal Lester

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Like no other word in the English language, the N-word spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Sean Brennan: "Bridie's Boy -- A Memoir

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

You don't have to be from Chicago or Irish to fall in love with Bridie, the Gaelic-speaking, fresh-from-Eire heroine of "Bridie's Boy," by Sean Brennan. Sean's parents, Tom and Bridie Brennan moved to Oak Park and settled into a glorious Victorian on South Euclid Avnue. Born the 10th of 11 Brennan children, Sean beganhis writing career at the dining roo table in Pop's sewing room. Come hear his entertaining stories of growing up in Chicago and Oak Park in the 1950's and 60's.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Films of Elia Kazan: "Splendor in the Grass"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"Splendor in the Grass" features Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty as young lovers in the late 1920s -- a tale of sexual repression, love, and heartbreak. 124 minutes.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "A Face in the Crowd"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"A Face in the Crowd" (1957) features Andy Griffith, as a rural drifter who becomes an overnight media sensation, but also grows drunk with fame and power. 126 minutes.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

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