Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down at our Preschool and Toddler Dance Party as we celebrate the launch of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Best for ages 2-5. Costumes of your favorite book characters are encouraged for kids and adults, but not required.
Learn about different early childhood resources and programs available in the community for children birth-5. Enjoy storytimes, activities, raffles and more.
Listen to the words of young Ernest Hemingway written to his parents and others from Italy during the early days of World War I. See a staged reading presented by Kevin Bry and Diana Pingle as Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Hemingway. Graham Wielgos will portray young Ernest Hemingway. Local attorney and actor Kevin Bry created the script from The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Vol. 1, 1907-1922.
Hear U.S. veterans from Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan read and talk about their military experiences. This program is a collaboration with the Oak Park Vet Center, 1515 S. Harlem, Forest Park.
Chris Vallillo is a nationally acclaimed folk singer and songwriter who makes the people and places of "unmetropolitan" America come to life in song. Vallillo's newest concert, "Oh, Freedom, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement," recalls the music of a turbulent time in America.
Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars, harmonica, Jew's harp, and hammer dulcimer, Vallillo weaves original, contemporary, and traditional folk songs and narratives into a compelling portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest.
Noteworthy, the award-winning show choir of Oak Park and River Forest High School, is a highly selective group of singers, dancers, and live band members. Join us for a performance sure to make you want to stand up and cheer!
For Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), Mexican actress Susana Mercado will present "Los Muertos no estan solos" ("The Dead are not alone"). Dia de los Muertos is a religious tradition that blends Christian holidays with indigenous Mexican customs, foods, rituals, and material culture.
E. B. White said, "Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it." But White hadn't seen Al Gini's hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes.
Enjoy a storytime with lively songs and books all in spanish!