Second Floor - Veterans Room

Geared Up Legos

Oak Park Education Foundation presents Geared Up! Come explore LEGO motorized Mechanisms sets and have fun incorporating engineering, physical science, math and technology into the simple machines you build. For kids in grades 2-4. Register beginning July 8.

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4th Annual Pie Off!

Pie Off! is a baking contest open to bakers of all skill levels, including teams, 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. Winners will be announced by 3:30 pm. 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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Weird Science Summer School Edition

Weird Science: An Adult Science Fair, is back! Do you want to create a baking soda volcano or potato clock? Get that middle school redemption you always wanted by participating in our second after-hours adult science fair. All scientists and science-lovers 21+ welcome. Spectators need not register to enjoy the science.

This event is 21+ with a cash bar.
Scientists can register experiments through June 13.

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Heartland Blood Drive

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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Mr. Freeze Cryogenics Show

Cryogenics:the science of how you make things really cold and what happens when you do that! Fermilab's Mr. Freeze is here with lots of surprises and some fun facts about the extreme cold. Best for ages 5+.

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Banned Books Week: "Books on the Chopping Block"

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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Dental Art & Suffrage: Germany's Margarete Herz and Helene Wolff

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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Writer Michael Czarnecki: Palm-of-Hand Workshop

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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Folk Music: Lauren Heintz

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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Author Janis Kearney: "Sundays with TJ"

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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