This monthly group is an opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts to meet up, discuss tips and helpful hints, and hear from experts in the field. Guest lecturer and forensic genealogist Marsha Peterson-Maass will present an introduction to "DNA Testing for Kinship".
Library Trustee Ted Foss shares photos and stories from his February trip with an American Library Association delegation to explore a sister library relationship with the National Library of Cuba. This program will highlight the many connections, past and present, between Cuba and Oak Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn all about the history of the Olympics. In this theatrical balloon stage show, audience members will become part of a hilarious summer games. This show features magic, comedy, and giant balloon props. Good for all ages. Registration required.
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.
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.
"Chrissy" (120 min, 2012), "The 1 Closest 2U" (82 min, 2015)
See and discuss films showcasing Caribbean directors and screenwriters,
in the second annual Chicago Caribbean Film Festival at the Oak Park
Public Library. Held in conjunction with the Caribbean American Heritage
Council and Diaspora Filmworks. Enjoy a pre-screening reception and a
This program is part of More Than a Month,