Folk Music Concert: Debra Cowan and John Roberts

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Debra Cowan and John Roberts for a free folk music concert. These internationally known folk musicians have performed together in the US and United Kingdom. They share an enthusiasm and passion for the old songs and ballads that have been handed down through the oral tradition in the English-speaking world. Even though their concert will certainly include many traditional songs, there will be contemporary songs as well, some by writers personally known to bothperformers. Be prepared to join in and sing along! CDs will be for sale and signing.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Free Folk Concert: Lee Murdock

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Lee Murdock, broadly acknowledged as “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes.” Lee Murdock’s work is an anthem to the people who live, work, and play along the freshwater highways of North America. His songs summon the listener to look through the eyes and into the hearts of individuals who have shaped our heritage on and around the Great Lakes. His concerts invoke a sense of place, but it is a universal place, and a timeless repertoire that celebrates the North American people, their triumphs and tragedies, work songs and pastimes.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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7th Annual Oscarthon

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Our Oscarthon is back, and bigger than ever! Join us in the week leading up to the 87th Academy Awards to watch some of this year’s contenders in multiple categories and enjoy popcorn, trivia, and prizes!

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 pm, Maze Branch: "Guardians of the Galaxy" (PG-13, 121 minutes)

Thursday, Feb. 19, 6:30 pm, Dole Branch: "The LEGO Movie" (PG, 100 min)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 9 am-5 pm, Main Library (estimated start times listed)

- 9 am "The Judge," (R, 141 minutes)

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Practice ACT Test

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

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, January 10.

Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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6th Annual Smartypants Trivia Night

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 6:15pm to 10:15pm

Join us for this fundraising event to support the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund, an open fund managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation that is used to build bridges between the library and the community.

What you need to know before you register:
- Admission is $50 per person and includes two drink tickets. A cash bar and snack buffet will be provided.
- Space is limited. 21 teams of up to six people per team will be accepted.
- Team costumes are encouraged but not required. Judges will award a prize for "best team costume."

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Meet a Sloth!

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Flying Fox Conservation visits with a mini-menagerie of animals and fascinating stories about their work saving endangered species. Best for ages 4+. Registration with an Oak Park Public Library card necessary.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Art Institute's Gloria Groom: "New Light on Some Old (and New) Favorites"

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Just when you think you’ve seen and read everything there is to know about Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago, there’s something around a corner that stops you in your tracks. Whether it’s a tambourine where a painting should be, a transformed surface of a recently cleaned canvas, or a pentimenti that suggests a painting beneath a painting, art at the museum is never static: it moves, expands, and takes on new meanings with each rotation, with each new interaction.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Greg Archer: "Grace Revealed, A Memoir"

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Seventy-five years after Joseph Stalin's reign of terror across Eastern Europe, entertainment journalist Greg Archer takes a step back from Hollywood and examines his Polish family's mind-bending odyssey of the 1940s. In the process, he exposes one of the most under-reported events of the 20th Century: Stalin's mass deportation of nearly two million Polish citizens to the Siberian gulags and the life-shattering events that followed.

For more information, see gracerevealedbook.com

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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