Artists on Film: "The Agony and the Ecstasy"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for "Artists on Film," a six-week series that concludes today.

This week's film is "The Agony and the Ecstasy," directed by Sir Carol Reed. Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) clash over the painting of the murals for the Sistine Chapel in the early 16th century. (1965, 138 minutes)

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Author Bonnie Jo Campbell: "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters"

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet Bonnie Jo Campbell,the National Book Award finalist and author of "Once Upon a River," who will share stories from her dazzling story collection featuring ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters. The strong but flawed women of "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters" love and betray one another; their richly fraught relationships can act as anchors, lifelines, or deadly poison. These working-class protagonists are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into, or out of, trouble.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

"When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL"

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

Join author Joe Ziemba for a humorous look at the wacky early days of professional football, focusing on the NFL's oldest franchise, the Chicago Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals. Relive the rowdy, formative years of football through audience interaction, rare archival photos, and surprising insight into local historical figures such as Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, George Halas, and Al Capone.

Joe Ziemba is the award-winning author of the book "When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL."

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Artists on Film: "Lust for Life"

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for "Artists on Film," a six-week series that continues through November 11.

This week's film is "Lust for Life," directed by Vincente Minnelli. Kirk Douglas gives an outstanding performance as the intense, imaginative Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, plagued by mental problems and a lack of acceptance. (1956, 122 minutes)

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Sarah Okner: Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan in December 1941, all Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were forced from their homes and into relocation camps in remote areas of the country. Among the more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were incarcerated, over two-thirds were American-born, and many were children.

Historian and librarian Sarah Okner, a descendant of internees, shares photos and details of daily life in an internment camp, and the profound effects it had on those living there.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Artists on Film: "Frida"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for "Artists on Film," a six-week series that continues through November 11.

This week's film is "Frida," directed by Julie Taymor. Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina portray larger-than-life Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. (2002, 123 minutes)

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Oak Park Creates Presents: Women Who Write

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet some female Oak Park Creates authors and hear about their books and writing styles. Panelists include
--Joan Bard-Collins, author of "Honor Above All"
--Julia Buckley, author of the newly released "The Big Chili"
--E.C. Diskin, author of "The Green Line" and the brand-new "Broken Grace"
--Emma Gates, author of "Walking to Israel," "Detours," "Praying for Rain," and "Private Lines"
--Bridgette Lewis (pen name Blake Marie Kian), author of the novel "As Life Would Have It"
--Roberta Raymond, author of the children's books "Three Sea Tales" and "Amy and the Amaryllis"

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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