Second Floor - Veterans Room

Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show

Fizz Boom Read is almost over, but we're still having fun. Smarty Pants brings his amazing blend of magic, comedy and balloon antics, plus a dose of space science, too. All ages. Oak Park Public Library card required. Register beginning July 16. *Note, please register all attendees, not just children.

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Robotics Show and Tell

Drop-in at our demonstration to meet some robots and the cool kids from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Robotics Team who built them! Brought to you by Triton College's Engineering Technology department.

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Geared Up Legos

Oak Park Education Foundation presents Geared Up! Come explore LEGO motorized Mechanisms sets and have fun incorporating engineering, physical science, math and technology into the simple machines you build. For kids in grades 4-7. Register beginning June 24.

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All About Bees

Get the latest buzz on bees! Check out a see-through hive, see what kind of gear a beekeeper needs and learn all about these fascinating, busy friends. Presenter Harry Patterson combines his thirty years of classroom teaching and beekeeping into a fascinating session for families.

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Kids and Tweens Book Swap

Bring your gently-used kids books and take home something new-to-you! Any leftover books will be donated to the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.

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T-Rexplorers: Dinosaur Discovery

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold dinosaur bones like the ones in museums? Or make a discovery like a Paleontologist? Hear all about it from an experienced fossil hunter and get your hands on actual dinosaur fossils! Best for ages 5+. Oak Park Public Library card required. Register beginning June 12. *Note, please register everyone attending, not just children.

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T.O. Watch: So You Wanna Be a Filmmaker Screening

We're rolling out the red carpet for the grand reveal of the 30-second documentaries created in our So You Wanna Be a Filmmaker event! Friends and family are invited to join their budding directors. Light refreshments will be served.

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Lego Movie Screening

Everything is awesome! Come check out Emmett on the big screen. (PG, 100 minutes)

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Artist Reception: Robert K. Elder with "Rockers, Writers & Filmmakers"

Before Robert K. Elder became an author and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, he cut his teeth as arts photographer in the 1990s. Slinging a Pentax K1000 camera with a broken light meter, Elder found himself photographing artists such as U2, Pearl Jam, Beck, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine and Sarah McLachlan. The young photographer's odyssey led him to take portraits of writers such as Neil Gaiman, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel and filmmaker Oliver Stone, who had just published his first novel.

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Folk Concert: Bill Staines

The Friends of the Oak Park Public Library present a free folk concert with Bill Staines. Anyone not familiar with Bill Staines is in for a special treat. For more than 40 years, Bill has traveled North America, singing his songs at festivals, colleges, concerts and coffeehouses. A new England native, Staines got his start with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960s. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

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