Join Dan Haley, publisher of the Wednesday Journal, Rob Braymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, and Village Trustee Glenn Brewer for a Community Discussion on Race Post Ferguson. The community leaders of Ferguson, Missouri, joined other communities to discuss integration efforts at the Oak Park Exchange Congress. In 1994, Ferguson actually hosted the Exchange Congress.
International award-winning astronomer and former consultant to NASA Kevin Manning wants us to "look up to the stars!" The world beyond our own is vast and he'll explain some of the most fascinating parts. We'll start inside with an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, then head outside to view the amazing rings of Saturn, craters of the moon and other jewels of the night sky through a powerful telescope, weather permitting. Best for ages 5+ with an adult. *Please register all attendees, not just children.
This is an annual party for Friends Volunteers to thank them for their help with the Book Fair.
Happy birthday, Hermione Granger! Channel your inner witch or wizard and explore the subtle science that is potion-making. Best for ages 7+. Register beginning September 5.
Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.
This local treasure's historic significance and international importance have made it the iconic symbol of freedom of speech, the heritage of radical thought, and the struggle for justice in labor history. Learn the background story of this beautiful and enduring National Historic Landmark, and its influence on arts and letters. Presented by Bleue Benton and Mark Rogovin
See a short play written by local author/film historian Doug Deuchler and directed by Daina Giesler, a well-known director and member of the Jeff Committee. "Hush-Hush, Yourself" focuses on the conflicts between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of "Hush-Hush, Sweet Charlotte" in the mid-1960s. The show played this summer at Western Springs Theatre and was mounted again as part of a marathon festival of short plays at the Marry-Archie Theatre at 735 W. Sheridan in Chicago.
Learn about WWI heroines from local author Kathryn Atwood. She'll share 70 archival photos and tell how millions of women worldwide mobilized for the war effort in a variety of ways. In the process, these women became powerful symbols both in their government's propaganda efforts as well as in the women's rights movements of their day. Atwood will define the concept of hero in both world wars while illustrating how some heroines of the World War I directly inspired those who participated in WW II. Atwood will have books available for sales and signing.
Pie Off! is a baking contest open to bakers of all skill levels 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. 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.
Theres something for everyone in this big and lively storytime, full of favorites. Best for ages 2-6. No library card required.