Heartland Blood Drive

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Would you be willing to donate blood to save a life? Heartland Blood Centers will hold a Blood Drive to provide blood products to Rush Oak Park Hospital, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and more than 40 other hospitals in the Chicago metro area.

Potential donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. A photo ID is required. Questions? Call Heartland Blood Centers at 1-800-7-TO-GIVE.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Banned Books Week: "Books on the Chopping Block"

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate Banned Books Week with City Lit Theatre Company’s “Books on the Chopping Block,” a performance of dramatic readings of excerpts of some of America’s most frequently Banned Books.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Dental Art & Suffrage: Germany's Margarete Herz and Helene Wolff

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

During the German Empire, dentists Margarete Herz (1872-1947) and Helene Wolff (1871-1917) were founding members of the local democratic Women's Suffrage Association in Bonn in 1909. Researcher Ingeborg Boxhammer, M.A., of Bonn, Germany will present a lecture on these women who early on promoted economic and personal independence for women as well as the democratic right to vote and healthy lifestyles. Margarete Herz had opened a vegetarian restaurant in eastern Germany, but needed to flee the country in 1938 because she was Jewish and lost all her belongings to the Nazi Regime.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Writer Michael Czarnecki: Palm-of-Hand Workshop

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. The immensity of such a project can overwhelm us. Michael Czarnecki, a poet and publisher from New York, will offer his “Palm of the Hand” Memoir Writing Workshop to help make that desire a reality.

These workshops have been very successful in helping people to write extensively about their life experiences - whether for family members or to someday be published in a book, according to Czarnecki.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Folk Music: Lauren Heintz

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Come hear folk singer/songwriter Lauren Nicole Heintz perform a free concert. Lauren is quickly becoming known for intricate and effortless finger-style guitar, distinctively deep vocals, and heartfelt and hope-filled original songs. Earlier this year, Lauren amazed the judges and audiences at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter competition and won the 2014 Vic Heyman songwriting award. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet presidential diarist, newspaper publisher and author Janis F. Kearney and hear stories from her newly published book, "Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories of Varner Road." Kearney writes of her father, Thomas James "TJ" Kearney, who grew up in rural southeast Arkansas in the early 1900s. His purpose-filled life included an impoverished childhood, early years as a drifter and vagabond traveling the country by train and foot, and then 70 years of working and raising 19 children on the 8-mile gravel strip called Varner Road.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

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