Folk Music Concert: Andrew McKnight

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Art and Poetry of the Haymarket Martyrs' Monument

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This local treasure's historic significance and international importance have made it the iconic symbol of freedom of speech, the heritage of radical thought, and the struggle for justice in labor history. Learn the background story of this beautiful and enduring National Historic Landmark, and its influence on arts and letters. Presented by Bleue Benton and Mark Rogovin

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Short Play by Doug Deuchler: "Hush-Hush, Yourself"

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

See a short play written by local author/film historian Doug Deuchler and directed by Daina Giesler, a well-known director and member of the Jeff Committee. "Hush-Hush, Yourself" focuses on the conflicts between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of "Hush-Hush, Sweet Charlotte" in the mid-1960s. The show played this summer at Western Springs Theatre and was mounted again as part of a marathon festival of short plays at the Marry-Archie Theatre at 735 W. Sheridan in Chicago.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Author Kathryn Atwood: Women Heroines of World War I

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn about WWI heroines from local author Kathryn Atwood. She'll share 70 archival photos and tell how millions of women worldwide mobilized for the war effort in a variety of ways. In the process, these women became powerful symbols both in their government's propaganda efforts as well as in the women's rights movements of their day. Atwood will define the concept of hero in both world wars while illustrating how some heroines of the World War I directly inspired those who participated in WW II. Atwood will have books available for sales and signing.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

4th Annual Pie Off!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm

Pie Off! is a baking contest open to bakers of all skill levels on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Main Library. Bakers and their pies should arrive by 1 pm for judging. Doors open to the public at 2:30 pm for a tasting of the entries while slices last. Judges will rate each pie on taste, appearance, and creativity, and prizes will be awarded for Best Taste, Best Appearance, and Best Overall. Registration for bakers starts Monday, August 25.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Barbara Ballinger Lecture

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Each year, the Barbara Ballinger Lecture brings an accomplished author to speak in Oak Park. Hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, this public event is free, honoring Ms. Ballinger and her 32 years of library service in Oak Park, including 24 years as head librarian.

2014 Presenter: Marilyn Johnson

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

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