Adult Program

Reception and Program: Artist Lindsay Olson with "Manufactured River"

Meet Oak Park Artist Lindsay Olson who interviewed scientists, engineers and operators at the world’s largest waste water treatment plant in Stickney, Illinois, to learn the real story about water in a dense urban area. Her art exhibit, "Manufactured River" is a celebration of this live saving service most of us take for granted.

The exhibit continues in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery through Nov. 29. The gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours.

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Folk Music Concert: Andrew McKnight

Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The survivors club: the secrets...

Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bounce back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives? The Survivors Club by author Ben Sherwood reveals the hidden side of survival and gives a much needed edge when adversity strikes. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The Antidote: Happiness for People...

What is the meaning of happiness? Can we agree on what “happiness” means? Are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? Turning decades of self-help advice on its head, Author Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way to think about life. There is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty; a totally original approach to self-help.All are welcome to attend.

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Words on Wednesday: "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena"

In rural Checnya, a young girl watches as her father is taken in the night by Russian soldiers. At a nearby hospital, a world-class surgeon tends to soldiers and rebels injured by landmines. In A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, readers slip in and out of their lives and back and forth in time as author Anthony Marra explores what it means to survive in a time of war. Join us to discuss this remarkable book.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope...

Author Anne Lamott explores how we can find meaning and peace when life lurches out of balance. Even through the loud and frantic times, we are allowed to recapture wholeness after a loss and to locate our true identities. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Truth Is Stranger: Nothing to Envy - RESCHEDULED

Maze Branch Library will be closed due to extreme weather Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Nothing to Envy discussion will take place Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 pm.

This months' book is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.Following the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime in the world today.

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Laurie Beasley: A Culinary Tour of Turkey

Join art dealer and travel blogger Laurie Beasley of Ridge Art and hear stories about her 13-day journey to Turkey that includes Istanbul, the Aegean coast and Cappodocia. You will also see gorgeous photographs of lovely sites and great food including figs.

If you have been to Turkey, please come and share your memories and a special item that you brought home to keep the memories fresh (a photo, a vase, a scarf or whatever).

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Sticks and Skeins

A monthly knitting group for new knitters, experienced knitters and even lapsed knitters. We'll knit, chat and solve the world's problems! Bring your project, and we'll provide the technical support to help you along to completion!

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Sticks and Skeins

A monthly knitting group for new knitters, experienced knitters and even lapsed knitters. We'll knit, chat and solve the world's problems! Bring your project, and we'll provide the technical support to help you along to completion!

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