Second Floor - Veterans Room

Created Equal: An Integrated Oak Park? How Did That Happen?

A dedicated group of Oak Park residents passed an Open Housing Ordinance in 1968, created the Oak Park Housing Center in 1972 and banned local realtors from posting "For Sale" signs in the Village. These actions, along with many others, helped create an integrated Oak Park.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "A Raisin in the Sun"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to view and discuss the 1961 film, "A Raisin in the Sun"(128 minutes) based on Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning play. A poor, but proud, African American family seek a better life by moving from their small apartment on Chicago's South Side into an all-white area.

This film, the first of three feature films, is part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film, panel discussions and author programs which continues through March.

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Created Equal Documentary Film Screening: "The Abolitionists" (Part 1)

Join Lawrence Howe, PhD, Roosevelt University, to see and discuss "The Abolitionists" (Part 1). This film tells the story of a small group of moral reformers in the 1830s who launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African Americans held in bondage, This happened at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the U.S. Part 1 of "The Abolitionists" will be screened on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. Part 2 of "The Abolitionists" will be screened on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

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"Created Equal" Documentary Film: "The Abolitionists" ( Part 2)

Join Lawrence Howe, PhD, Roosevelt University, to see and discuss "The Abolitionists" (Part 2). This film tells the story of a small group of moral reformers in the 1830s who launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African Americans held in bondage, This happened at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the U.S.

Part 1 of "The Abolitionists" was screened on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. Part 2 of "The Abolitionists" will be screened on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

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5th Annual Smartypants Trivia Night

The 5th Annual Smartypants Trivia Night competition is here! Step up to the challenge and compete for glory and prizes while supporting your library. Admission is $40 per person, and includes 2 free drinks, light refreshments and snacks.

Gather your team of 4-6 players to compete. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded to top scoring teams, and best costumed bunch. New this year: expanded seating by popular demand.

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Black History Month Exhibit, "Been in the Storm So Long "

Enjoy a month-long exhibit celebrating Black History, culture, struggle and achievement as seen through the lens of the U.S. legal system and featuring items from the library's print collection.

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School's Out: Kids Dance Class

Get up and get moving with teachers from TranscenDance Studios! Best for ages 5+. Register beginning January 13.

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Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture

Join Anthony Rubano, Project Designer at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, when he presents "Through the Picture Window: Postwar Suburban Housing." Rubano will explore how post-war tract homes were the building expression of the mid-20th century American ideal. Suburbia itself represented the American Dream and home ownership was its biggest component.

This free series of three lectures is a collaboration between Pleasant Home Foundation and the Oak Park Public Library.

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Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture

Join Keith Bringe, Director of the Chicago Art Deco Survey which has been cataloging early modern architecture since 2008, to see rare and newly discovered archival images of buildings built between 1915 and 1940.

Bringe is a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter and served as co-president of the Chapter from 2006 to 2010. From 2002 to 2006, Bringe served as Executive Director of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple Restoration Foundation in Oak Park.

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Documentary Film Screening: "Game of Change"

Meet River Forest attorney John Egan who was the only white starter on the Loyola University "Ramblers" basketball team in 1963. See the film that documents how an all-white Mississippi State team snuck out of their home state in defiance of an injuction issued by the Governor of Mississippi that prohibited his Mississippi players to compete in NCAA Chamionship playoffs as they were forbidden to play against African-American players.

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