"A Trip to Bountiful" (1985, 108 minutes) stars Geraldine Page, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as an elderly woman determined to visit her childhood home one more time, in defiance of her controlling daughter-in-law. Set in 1947 Houston, Texas, it's a good movie that will stimulate lots of conversation about independence with seniors. Doug Deuchler is a retired teacher/librarian and excellent film historian.
May's Open Mic Night has been cancelled due to staffing issues. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Please join us in September for a new season!
Quarterly meeting of the Media on Demand from OverDrive libraries.
Learn how your body and spine work, and how natural chiropractic care can help you alleviate pain, be more healthy, and improve the quality of your life. Presented by Dr. Katie Lemley-Costianis, owner of Pure Health Chiropractic in Oak Park.
Board of Library Trustees: Regular Meeting - open to the public
Join us for a screening of "The Last Days in Vietnam," a PBS "American Experience" film chronicling the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the desperate, unsanctioned efforts by a handful of Americans to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. After the screening, discuss the film and the Vietnam experience with local Vietnam veterans Brian Flora and Stephen Jordan.
Put on your '80s gear and get ready to skip school! We'll provide complimentary Fun Packs with props you can use at strategic points throughout the film. Arrive by 6:45 pm for the Fun Pack run-through. Members of Oak Park Festival Theatre will be present to talk about their John Hughes-style take on "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and will raffle off free tickets to their summer production in Austin Gardens.
Teens: To help plan and shape this event, complete a volunteer application at oppl.org/teens and indicate you'd like to be an Event Planner.
Tortured but brilliant, Oscar-winner Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was one of the most recognizable and talented actors of his time. Since his portly figure and decidedly unhandsome face meant that leading-man roles were not open to him, Laughton carved a career out of playing a variety of monsters and misfits in films like "The Private Life of Henry VIII" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Through Wednesday, July 15, at 1:30 pm, join Oak Park film historian Doug Deuchler on Wednesday afternoons to screen and discuss some of Charles Laughton's most unforgettable films.
Families--school-age children, parents, and grandparents--are invited to join film historian Doug Deuchler and Festival Theatre board member Belinda Bremner to see and discuss "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962, 129 minutes), the film based on the 1960 book by Harper Lee.
Two children in a small southern town are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.
Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This first-person program presented by Leslie Goddard introduces Barton as a tireless worker who faced remarkable challenges in her quest to care for wounded soldiers. Learn about the medical conditions during the American Civil War and about the courage required for a woman who dared to brave the wars front lines.
Want to learn more? "Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War" by Stephen B. Oates (1995) is recommended.