Let’s Connect: Virtual Programs on Zoom

We miss seeing you in person! So we are piloting a new way to learn and connect: virtual programs. We will use Zoom, a web-based software solution for meetings and webinars that requires nothing more than a device and an Internet connection to take part in the fun.

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Registration for each individual event through Zoom is required; links to register are listed below. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event.

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English Language Conversation

Saturdays, 10-11 am. Join other English language learners to practice English and learn new vocabulary in an informal setting. Conversation facilitators will lead the session with a variety of topics for conversation. Free and open to all English language learners.

Grief Journaling Workshop

Sunday, September 27, 2-4 pm. Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, there will be time to share, if you feel so moved. Resources for writing, grief, where to get help, etc. will be provided at each session. Feel free to attend any or all sessions. Register in Zoom now »

Adult Improv

Tuesday, September 29, 7-8 pm. Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-thinking skills? Join us for a night of spontaneous comedy. All skill levels welcome. Warning: hilarity will ensue… Register in Zoom now »

French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

Wednesday, September 30, 7-8 pm. Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other French speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or you can rattle off long stories, all are welcome. No class, no formal lesson—just practice for current French speakers. Register in Zoom now »

Midday Meditation

Thursday, October 1, 12-12:30 pm. Relax and concentrate on your breathing with a midday meditation led by Betsy Grimm. Register in Zoom now »

Beatlemania With Professor Moptop

Friday, October 2, 2-3:30 pm. Love the Beatles? Join Beatle expert Professor Moptop (Gregory Alexander) to discuss BEATLEMANIA and all the excitement surrounding it. Using rare audio and news clips, the Professor will discuss 1963 and 1964—the time period during which the Beatles fame spread throughout Europe, just before they came to America. Professor Moptop has made several guest appearances on Terri Hemmert’s WXRT radio show titled, “Breakfast with the Beatles.” Register in Zoom now »

2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Opening Ceremony

Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm. We’re excited to announce that Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference will take place virtually, all throughout October. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. All October, the conference will be held over Zoom. Sessions, to be announced, will be offered throughout the day on every Wednesday and Friday in October.

Each week, we’ll explore one of the four quadrants of the medicine wheel.

  • Opening Ceremony: Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm
  • Week 1: Mental (October 7 & 9)
  • Week 2: Spiritual (October 14 & 16)
  • Week 3: Emotional (October 21 & 23)
  • Week 4: Physical (October 28)
  • Closing Ceremony: Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm

We’ll be releasing more information, dates, and times in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Learn more, subscribe to receive more information »

Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, October 3, 3-4 pm. Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off long stories, all levels are welcome. No class, no formal lesson—just practice for current Spanish speakers. Register in Zoom now »

Writers’ Word Feast

Sundays, 1:30-4:30 pm. Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for writers of all types and genre. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will spend some time writing!

Detection by Daylight: Curious Minds

Wednesday, October 7, 6-7 pm. In Curious Minds, Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of mysteries featuring Emerson Knight and Riley Moon, a dynamic duo with instant and undeniable chemistry.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form.

Register in Zoom »

Medicare Educational Seminar

Thursdays, 5-6 pm. Medicare can be confusing. Find out what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t, and your potential out of pocket exposure, and learn about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits.

Writer’s Workshop With Claire Lombardo

Saturday, October 10, 2-3:30 pm. Join Claire Lombardo, the best selling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had, for a writers’ workshop! She will be critiquing a short story previously picked from our very own Writers’ Word Feast writing group. Join us for writing advice, tips, and tricks along with the opportunity for Q&A. Register in Zoom now »

Barbara Ballinger Lecture: Author Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had

Sunday, October 11, 2-3 pm. Join us for a virtual lecture and Q&A for this year’s Barbara Ballinger Lecture with author Claire Lombardo. Lombardo’s debut novel, The Most Fun We Ever Had, is set in Oak Park. “This is a novel about love,” she writes. “Love in its many forms—marital, familial, sexual, platonic—and its many degrees—passionate, unrequited, reluctant.” Register in Zoom now »

The Most Fun We Ever Had is available from your library in formats including hardcover, large print, digital audiobook, and ebook. Find it in the catalog »

This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. The book also is available for purchase through The Book Table.

More about the author »

The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture From Ten American Colleges & Universities

Monday, October 12, 2-3 pm. Travel virtually with Mathew Duman who—armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles—embarked on a “grotesque safari,” visiting 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this type of sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic, which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

He will present a selection from his book The Grotesque 10, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer. Northwestern University, The University of Chicago and Yale University are among the ten institutions that Mathew visited. Register in Zoom »

Books & Brews: The Revisioners

Tuesday, October 13, 6-7 pm. Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s The Revisioners, explores the depths of women’s relationships—powerful women and marginalized women, healers, and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child and the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don’t worry if you don’t have time to finish the book, we’re pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us.

Register in Zoom »

Tips for Submitting Online Job Applications

Wednesday, October 14, 2-3:30 pm. Did you know that online applications are run through a tracking system used as a screening tool by employers? Learn what to watch out for and how to answer questions, as well as tips and techniques for optimizing your resume for an applicant tracking system. Presenter: Kathy Watson, Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Workforce & Community Initiative. Register in Zoom now »

Rhythmic Meditation

Saturday, October 17, 1-2 pm. Join us for a jambalaya blend of spoken word, deep love breaths, and soulful vibrations with a vinyasa flow. Led by yoga teacher Daryl Satcher. Register in Zoom now »

Death Cafe

Sunday, October 18, 2-3:30 pm. At a Death Cafe, people, often strangers, gather to discuss death, with the objective to bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Death Cafes are always offered on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product, or course of action. Register in Zoom now »

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, October 20, 2-3 pm. Join us for a virtual Memory Cafe for seniors and their caretakers. Register in Zoom now »

Words on Wednesday: The Dutch House

Wednesday, October 21, 1-2 pm. In Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult Services Librarians.

Register in Zoom now »

Al Capone & the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago

Friday, October 23, 2-3 pm. Join us for a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Chicago fought the hold that organized crime had on the city to be able to put on a shining light of hope called “A Century of Progress.” William Hazelgrove provides the story of Rufus and Charles Dawes, who gave the fair a theme and then found financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced. Register in Zoom now »

No Shush Salon: Presents Kenesha Williams

Thursday, October 29, 6:30-9 pm. Hear from this month’s featured spooky reader Kenesha Williams—an author, screenwriter, speaker, and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag, a speculative fiction literary magazine—who will kick off this month’s open mic. Then, listen to performances by local creative types and share your own works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors. Each person will have 15 minutes to present their latest creative endeavor. Spectators are welcome and appreciated! Register in Zoom now »

Teens

Try-It Thursday: Zen Doodling

Thursday, September 24, 4-5 pm. Join us for an online session of zen doodling! Students in grades 4-8 are invited to start the school year off right by developing creative abilities that will allow you to calm the mind and body. Learn artistic techniques to help deal with school stressors and build on positive thinking. 

We will do a mash-up of doodling while engaging with friends and share our creative and awe-inspiring visual designs with one another.

Supplies needed:

  • Something to write with (pencils, pens, crayons, markers, etc.)
  • Paper
  • A surface to write on

Need supplies? Request a Try-It Thursday kit, and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for pickup at the Main Library »

Register in Zoom now »

Living History Project

5-7 pm. Youth in grades 6-12 will cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills, learn about the histories of social movements in the U.S., and gain public speaking experience.

  • Mondays, September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • Wednesdays, September 28, October 7, 14, 21 & 28

Register in Zoom now »

2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Opening Ceremony

Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm. We’re excited to announce that Oak Park’s third annual Restorative Justice Conference will take place virtually, all throughout October. This year’s theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. All October, the conference will be held over Zoom. Sessions, to be announced, will be offered throughout the day on every Wednesday and Friday in October.

Each week, we’ll explore one of the four quadrants of the medicine wheel.

  • Opening Ceremony: Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm
  • Week 1: Mental (October 7 & 9)
  • Week 2: Spiritual (October 14 & 16)
  • Week 3: Emotional (October 21 & 23)
  • Week 4: Physical (October 28)
  • Closing Ceremony: Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm

We’ll be releasing more information, dates, and times in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Learn more, subscribe to receive more information »

Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Stamped From the Beginning

Friday, October 9, 4-5 pm. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

Stamped offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.

  • Books are available at the service desk in the Main Library Lobby. Copies also can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby. Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • Middle School Book Group is an open discussion as everyone goes around sharing their thoughts and opinions on the literature, which is geared toward their age group.

Register in Zoom now »

Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

Friday, October 16, 4-5 pm. Looking to gain strong leadership skills, self-advocacy skills, and have a community voice? The Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB) is for you! Apply to join the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board »

LETAB is an opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to use their voice to serve the library, other youth, and the community. Members will provide the youthful perspective that is so important to developing strong teen programs and adding value to the library’s Teen Services team and to the Oak Park community.

The advisory board meets virtually via Zoom on the third Friday of each month from 4 to 5 pm. A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members each month. If you would like to attend this meeting as a guest: Register in Zoom now »

Kids

Try It Thursday: Zen Doodling

Thursday, September 24, 4-5 pm. Join us for an online session of zen doodling! Students in grades 4-8 are invited to start the school year off right by developing creative abilities that will allow you to calm the mind and body. Learn artistic techniques to help deal with school stressors and build on positive thinking. 

We will do a mash-up of doodling while engaging with friends and share our creative and awe-inspiring visual designs with one another.

Supplies needed:

  • Something to write with (pencils, pens, crayons, markers, etc.)
  • Paper
  • A surface to write on

Register in Zoom now »

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read in September

10-10:30 am. Join your favorite librarians via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! Everyone is welcome, but these storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

  • Saturday, September 26
  • Wednesday, September 30

Register just once for any and all September dates: Register in Zoom now »

Virtual Halloween Parade: Open for Submissions

Thursday, October 1-Thursday, October 22. We miss the school and Hemingway District costume parades, as well as seeing your littles all dressed up in the library. We’re betting that your kids miss showing off, as well, so we have created our first ever Virtual Halloween Parade! Share your photos by October 22 to be part of the big show: Submit your photos now »

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read in October

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 10-10:30 am. Join your favorite librarians via Zoom for books, songs, movement, and lots of fun! Everyone is welcome, but these storytimes are best for kids up to age 5.

Register just once for any and all October dates: Register in Zoom now »

Live Virtual Storytime: Let’s Make Music! in October

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10-10:30 am. Join Children’s staff and other families on Zoom for fun with music! We’ll sing, dance, clap, and make music together with instruments that we make and play at home. Best for kids up to age 6.

Register just once for any and all October dates: Register in Zoom now »

Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Stamped From the Beginning

Friday, October 9, 4-5 pm. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

Stamped offers a history of racist and anti-racist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.

  • Books are available at the service desk in the Main Library Lobby. Copies also can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby. Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • Middle School Book Group is an open discussion as everyone goes around sharing their thoughts and opinions on the literature, which is geared toward their age group.

Register in Zoom now »

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