Meet author Deby Eisenberg and retrace events from the 1915 Eastland disaster on the Chicago River to the Holocaust and beyond. "Protecting Paige" tells the story of a young orphaned girl who tries to uncover the secrets of her mother's past, which ultimately lead to the discovery of her mother's story of survival during the Holocaust. Retrace these events in this multi-layered historical novel driven by twists, turns and revelations.
Find common hopes and dreams between people then and now. Seasoned storytellers Megan Wells and Amy Lowe share a "first-person musical narrative about coming to America." This immigrant story is woven with engaging memorable songs about the journey by boat, through storm, Lady Liberty, doctors at the dock, the anxious processing at Ellis Island, detention in the hospital and reunited families.
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Learn about Hal Adams, a legendary radical educator who organized writing workshops with people who had been written off during much of their lives, marginalized for reasons of race, gender, class, and caste. Co-editors William Ayers and Janise Hurtig, along with authors Anne Carlson and Mike Standenmaier share stories from their book, "Every Person is a Philosopher: Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams."
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Seventy-five years ago, three young men from a small town in West Virginia were among the American forces participating in D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home?
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 teacher-librarians and Oak Park Public Library children's librarians partner to explore and explain educational apps, online research databases, and more for grade-school and middle-school students. Bring your own device if possible. Adult registration with an Oak Park Public Library card necessary. Register Now.
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read film series with "The Namesake," a story about the son of Indian immigrants who wants to break free from his family's traditions. This 2006 film is directed by Mira Nair (122 minutes).
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "Brooklyn, "a heart-warming-story about a young Irish woman who is a homesick immigrant in the 1950s. This 2015 film is directed by John Crowley (112 minutes).
Film historian Doug Deucher will kick off the NEA Big Read Film Festival with "The Magnificent Seven," the film which inspires the young girl in "Into the Beautiful North" to head to the United States. Living in a small Mexican town with very few men left, this girl gathers her friends and heads north to find her father and other men. They want to bring them back home.