Doug Deuchler: "Harry and Tonto"

Doug Deuchler: "Harry and Tonto"

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

As part of Celebrating Seniors Week, join film historian Doug Deuchler to see and discuss Harry and Tonto, directed by Paul Mazursky. (1974, 115 minutes) Art Carney won the Best Actor Oscar that year playing a retired teacher and widower whose Manhattan apartment building is condemned. He decides to travel across the country, accompanied by his pet cat Tonto, to visit his grown children and a former love. Some of the film was shot in Forest Park at Altenheim, an independent senior community.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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"From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America"

"From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America"

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Remember the trauma and the triumphs of the Sixties during "Celebrating Seniors Week." Many Beatles authors and scholars have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, as the cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the U.S. in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's death made America sad, and the Beatles made America happy again. But this answer is overly simplistic. America has suffered numerous tragedies and has rebounded each time, but the popularity and staying power of the Beatles remains unmatched in American history.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Film Screening: "My Fair Lady"

Film Screening: "My Fair Lady"

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Join film historian Doug Deuchler for a screening and discussion of My Fair Lady, a 1964 American musical film that traces its roots to the 1913 stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

The film depicts Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower seller who overhears an arrogant phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, as he casually wagers that he could teach her to speak "proper" English, thereby making her presentable in the high society of Edwardian London.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Mystery Author Kathleen Anne Fleming: "Canary in the Coal Chute"

Mystery Author Kathleen Anne Fleming: "Canary in the Coal Chute"

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet accomplished mystery writer Kathleen Anne Fleming and hear about her latest thriller, Canary in the Coal Chute. This novel, which is interwoven with factual chapters of the Lizzie Borden trial of 1893, is a historical, feminist, and true-crime mystery novel. Here Fleming explores what drove Lizzie to murder her parents with a hatchet and how and why she was acquitted. It is a relevant historical study of a serious issue in American homes across the country that plagued the 19th century and persists into the present day. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Heading to College

Heading to College

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

You've mailed your acceptance letter to the school of your choice ... now what? Feeling clueless or anxious about what steps to take or what resources you'll have?
Join us for a practical discussion about transitioning from high school to college. Illinois Student Assistance Commission Corps member Gina Widmer will provide you with concrete steps to take this summer to smooth your transition and ease your mind.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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The Rope Warrior

The Rope Warrior

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

David Fisher has been performing this interactive and engaging jump-rope show all over the world for 22 years. Come and see him jump rope while sitting on the ground! Good for the whole family. Registration required.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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What Do You See When You Look at Me? Women and Aging

What Do You See When You Look at Me? Women and Aging

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet and discuss a new book, "Women in Late Life: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Age" with the author Martha Holstein.  Magic Tree Book Store will have books available for sale and signing.

"Women in Late Life" explores thorny issues related to gender and aging, including ageism, cultural expectations, body image, caring at the end of life, chronic illness, Social Security, caregiving, and more. Blending personal narrative with current research, this interdisciplinary look at gender and aging is nuanced and beautifully written.

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Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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RESCHEDULED: Heading to College

RESCHEDULED: Heading to College

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 10.

You've mailed your acceptance letter to the school of your choice ... now what? Feeling clueless or anxious about what steps to take or what resources you'll have?
Join us for a practical discussion about transitioning from high school to college. Illinois Student Assistance Commission Corps member Gina Widmer will provide you with concrete steps to take this summer to smooth your transition and ease your mind.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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One Book, One Oak Park: What Is the Future of Integration in Oak Park?

One Book, One Oak Park: What Is the Future of Integration in Oak Park?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Oak Park Regional Housing Center and others in Oak Park have promoted and sustained integration in the community over the past 40 years. But the future of integration is not guaranteed. The region surrounding us has seen segregation worsen. That pattern affects our community and perceptions of where people believe it is best to live. Recent research shows that we can't pin our hopes on the millennial generation being post-racial. Attitudes about housing choice have not changed. 

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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