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Date
Friday, September 19, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
You're so talented, you deserve an audience. Do you sing, dance, rap, etc.? Come out and show us what you can do!! Or just sit back and prepared to be amazed.

Food and drinks provided. Teens only.
Location
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Kick back and play a video game or two. Teens only.
Location
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

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Date
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Like no other word in the English language, the N-word spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

Responding to one critic’s challenge “to create an environment for dialogue about the word’s purposes and problems,” this presentation is an opportunity to hold under a critical microscope this single word described as “the most inflammatory, shocking and historic word in the English language.” The presentation considers the word’s “continually shifting use” through the complex discourse of American race relations. Ultimately, this presentation gauges more broadly the fundamental role of words, history, language, and performance to construct identities --individual, communal, and even national.

Presented by Dr. Neal Lester, Professor of English and Director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.

This presentation kicks off Humanity 101, a comprehensive effort to promote and sustain robust understanding and dialogue between individuals and across communities about seven values: respect, kindness, integrity, empathy, forgiveness, compassion, and self reflection, that impact all human interactions and behaviors across disciplines. Humanity 101 was developed through Project Humanities, a multidisciplinary initiative that brings diverse communities together to "talk, listen and connect.” Learn more at oppl.org
Location
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Space is limited. Please register for all four sessions to receive the full training. If you cannot attend all sessions, make-up training is available through Triton.
Location
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Kick back and play a video game or two. Teens only.
Location
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Space is limited. Please register for all four sessions to receive the full training. If you cannot attend all sessions, make-up training is available through Triton.
Location
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Friday, October 17, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
You're so talented, you deserve an audience. Do you sing, dance, rap, etc.? Come out and show us what you can do!! Or just sit back and prepared to be amazed.

Food and drinks provided. Teens only.
Location
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Space is limited. Please register for all four sessions to receive the full training. If you cannot attend all sessions, make-up training is available through Triton.
Location
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Kick back and play a video game or two. Teens only.
Location
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Get certified as a tutor! In collaboration with Triton College, we're offering a free, four-part training course in tutoring and mentoring to interested teens and adults.

The training is nationally accredited in cooperation with the College Reading and Learning Association. It covers topics from active listening to ethics and will benefit new and experienced tutors alike.

After completing 10 hours of training and at least 25 hours of tutoring, you may qualify for certification that will be recognized by colleges and other agencies.

Space is limited. Please register for all four sessions to receive the full training. If you cannot attend all sessions, make-up training is available through Triton.
Location
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Description
Join fellow community members to watch and discuss this intimate and provocative documentary. (2013, 135 minutes)

The film by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson chronicles the divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation of two middle-class African-American boys who attended a prestigious school. Presenting complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity, "American Promise" will serve as a springboard for a discussion about achievement in our own community.

This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov) and is presented in partnership with Oak Park-River Forest High School. The event is part of Questions & Dialog as well as the library's Humanity 101 series, which centers on talking, listening, and connecting around values such as compassion, integrity, and self-reflection. The film premiered nationally February 3, 2014.

Where: The Little Theatre, Oak Park-River Forest High School
201 North Scoville Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302

6:30 pm -- Film screening
9 pm -- Discussion
Arrive early for popcorn!

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Description
Oak Park resident, Omar Yamini’s road to incarceration was not paved with neglect, abuse, or stints in juvenile detentions or group homes. Yamini was raised in a two parent suburban home with his five siblings. His positive home life could not detour him from the poor choices that would eventually land him in an Illinois penitentiary for 15 years. Yamini has chronicled his imprisonment in a power new book, What’s Wrong with You: What You, Your Children and Our Students Need to Know about My 15 year Imprisonment from Age 20-35. Join him as he shares his compelling and powerful story.
Location
First Floor - Lobby
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Friday, November 07, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
The Zombie Apocalypse is here. Fight it or join it in this library-wide after-hours game of tag. Bring your own (brightly colored, foam-shooting) blaster if you have one.

Register now.
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
High school students can sign up for this free, fully proctored, full-length practice ACT test sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep. Students will learn what to expect in a test-like environment and receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.

Space is limited so registration is required. Registration begins Saturday, October 11.

Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.
Location
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Kick back and play a video game or two. Teens only.
Location
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Celebrate International Game Day by competing in an International Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament. Teens only.

Space is limited! Register now.
Location
Third Floor - Computer Classroom
Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Branch

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