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

Author William Hazelgrove: Marketing Your Book in the Age of Social Media

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

There’s really only one way to sell your writing today: on the Internet. Best-selling novelist William Hazelgrove has used the power of social media to secure media and build sales for his six novels. William Hazelgrove will show what it takes to get started and how to put – and keep – your name in front of readers.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Oak Park Writers Read!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Writers from the Oak Park Writers Group which meets twice monthly on Thursday evenings at the Library share readings from their work. The group also sponsors an open mic at the Eastgate Café, 102 E. Harrison Street, Oak Park the second Sunday of each month from 5 – 7 p.m. Writers of all genres, storytellers, acoustic musicians, comedians, and singers are all welcome to perform.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Explore the Art and Culture of Haiti with Laurie Beasley

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

See the beauty of Haiti and meet the people with long-time Oak Park resident and art gallery owner Laurie Beasley. Beasley will share her experiences from a recent trip she made to Haiti four years after the disastrous earthquake. Beasley has traveled to Haiti more than 40 times since 1997 and has lectured and written extensively about Haitian art.

“In Haiti, you witness a remarkable convergence of African, European and indigenous Taino cultures and traditions transformed by slavery and the triumph over it,” says Beasley.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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The Grand Army of the Republic: How it Served the Civil War Union Veterans

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Grand Army of the Republic was the national association of Union Civil War Veterans. In 1890, it had 470,000 members. Not only were they the original “Band of Brothers,” but they founded soldiers’ homes, promoted patriotism, enacted pensions for veterans, created Decoration/Memorial Day, and elected six Republican Presidents, all Civil War veterans.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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