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.
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "El Norte," the story of two indigenous
Mayan teens who flee war-torn Guatamala and attempt to slip into
California without documentation.
This 1983 film is directed by Gregory Nava. (139 minutes).
Film historian Doug Deucher continues the NEA Big Read series of films with "In America," a film about an undocumented Irish family who struggles to start a new life in New York City. This 2003 film is directed by Jim Sheridan (105 minutes).
Composed of some of Chicago's finest jazz and Latin musicians and led by bassist/composer Steven Hashimoto, the group has been active in Chicago's vital jazz scene for 10 years and combines jazz improvisation with Latin and Caribbean rhythms. This NEA Big Read program is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Explore contemporary issues of immigration, particularly those that affect Oak Park, River Forest and our neighboring communities, with experienced immigration attorneys Robert Ahlgren, Mony Ruiz-Velasco and Carlina Tapia-Ruano. Learn where most immigrants come from when they arrive in the Midwest and why so many immigrants come here. Discover why there are so many undocumented immigrants in the U. S. now and why the government is stepping up efforts to deport them now. Find out what people of Oak Park can do to help.
Meet and discuss a new book, "Women in Late Life: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Age" with the author Martha Holstein. Books will be available for sale and signing.
An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm. Held in Main Library Veterans Room.