Let’s Connect: Virtual Programs on Zoom

We miss seeing you in person! So we are offering 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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Adults

Brown Bag: The Searcher

Tuesday, May 18, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors for a virtual discussion of The Searcher by Tana French. Retired Chicago detective Cal Hooper moves to a remote village in rural Ireland looking for a peaceful place to retire. A local boy convinces him to help find his missing brother. How does Cal investigate the disappearance discretely? Trying to stay neutral and not jeopardize his place in the community and find the missing young man is a challenge.

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Afternoon Meditation

Tuesday, May 18, 3-3:30 pm. You’ve likely heard people talk about the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. Register in Zoom now »

What to know before you join

  • Chair yoga and meditation are accessible and open for all
  • Dress comfortably
  • Find a location where you can focus and dedicate 30 minutes to you
  • You are not required to keep your camera on
  • Prepare to take time to match your movement and motion and have a little fun
  • Have a chair that can be stationary

About the instructor
Instructor DuShaun Branch is focused on bringing meditation and yoga to as many BIPOC and plus-sized communities as possible. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “nontraditional” settings all over the city. She intends on taking down as many barriers as possible to bring meditation and yoga to those who are looking for calm and relaxed minds.

Words on Wednesday: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Wednesday, May 19, 1-2 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. Based on hundreds of interviews with people inside and outside the company, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou meticulously investigates the sleazy practices that lead to the rapid rise and fall of Theranos and its creator, Elizabeth Holmes. This bestselling book was turned into a documentary, The Inventor by the Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney.

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Read & Reflect: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Friday, May 21, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Once again, Wilkerson eloquently educates us about the experience of being Black in America.  Caste, she believes, is what keeps us from moving away from discrimination and racism. She explores how caste was prevalent in Nazi Germany and still exists in India and America. The caste system in America institutionalizes racism and bias, and continues to undermine our democracy and decency. There is some hope for change, and Wilkerson ends with some tangible concrete ideas about sustaining change.

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English Language Conversation

Saturdays, May 22 & 29, 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. Register in Zoom now »

Chair Yoga

Tuesday, May 25, 3-3:30 pm. Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences during these bi-weekly chair yoga sessions. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Register in Zoom now »

Adult Improv

Tuesday, May 25, 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. Register in Zoom now »

An Introduction to the East Asian Garden

Wednesday, May 26, 2-3 pm. Explore the Confucian symbolism expressed in gardens and discover how gardens are used to relieve stress and cultivate inner peace in this presentation offering a short background about the aesthetics of Japanese and Chinese gardens. Presenter Yvonne Wolf will focus on five specific plants and trees, with examples from the Chicago Botanical Gardens, Ping Tom Park, Garden of the Phoenix, and Morton Arboretum. Register in Zoom now »

French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

Wednesday, May 26, 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 »

The No Shush Salon

Thursday, May 276:30-9 pm. Share your works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors at this monthly open mic night for local creative types. Each person will have 15 minutes to present their latest creative endeavor. Spectators are welcome and appreciated! Register in Zoom now »

Grief Journaling Workshop

Sundays, 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.

VIRTUAL: Dementia 101 (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 30, 4-5 pm. Join us in a two-part series oriented around Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Caregiver Support, presented by dementia experts at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Part 1 is an introduction to Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias. Learn information about risk factors, common symptoms, and resources for help. This event is open to everyone especially those experiencing memory loss to caregivers. A Q&A session will follow the discussion. Register in Zoom now »

How To Make a Memoir

Have you ever thought about making a memoir? Do you have a journal of notes, a lifetime of experiences, or an interest you want to explore? Whether you are in the beginning stages of just thinking about writing a memoir or you have your first draft, this is the program for you!

This summer we will be working on what makes a memoir in June, the different types and themes of memoir writing in July, and specifics on how to write a memoir in August. Each session will begin with a discussion and end with a memoir-focused writing exercise.

We will meet virtually twice a month, June-August:

  • Tuesdays, June 1, July 6 & August 3, 6-8 pm
  • Saturdays, June 26, July 24 & August 28, 2-4 pm

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Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, June 5, 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!

Tips for Submitting Online Job Applications

Thursday, June 10, 2-3 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 »

Community Circle: Understanding Trauma of Sexual Violence

Thursday, June 10, 4-5:15 pm.* This community circle is designed to unpack and understand the effects of trauma from sexual violence. Library staff members who are trained circle keepers will facilitate the community discussion using the model of circles, which honors our stories, community relationships, and ability to keep learning from each other. A trained clinical counselor and advocate, certified by the state of Illinois to provide crisis intervention and support, will be present at the circle for individual assistance.

Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes any type of unwanted sexual contact-either in person or online-including sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Sexual violence is a societal problem that can have lasting effects on survivors and their families, friends, and communities.

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*An in-person community circle will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 4-5:15 pm. A space will be set up outside of the entrance of the Main Library. Masks and social distancing are required with a limit of 10 people total in attendance. Register now »

Death Cafe

Sunday, June 27, 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. Register in Zoom now »

Teens

Living History Project

5:30-7:30 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 in this youth-led program. Participants have the opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to them and do further research, as well as plan and organize community presentations.

  • Mondays, May 17 & 24
  • Wednesdays, May 19 & 26

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Try-It Thursday: Fairy Door Craft (Grades 4-8)

Thursday, May 20, 4-5 pm. Magic and wonder are all around us! Join Mr. Hal and Ms. Beronica to craft your own door for a fairy friend! For grades 4-8. Need supplies? Once you register for this event, stop in the Children’s Services Area at the Main Library and call 708.697.6941. A staff member will bring a kit out to you! Register in Zoom now »

Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB): Listen to Me Documentary Screening

Friday, May 21, 3-4 pm. During this meeting, we will have a virtual showing of the Listen to Me documentary followed by Q&A with the executive producer, Jacquelyn Eadie. Listen to Me is a short film that was produced in 2018 where the perspectives of youth were captured regarding their community and its impacts on their future. Since its release, it has been seen across the city of Chicago in several public schools, colleges, universities, and youth organizations. Register in Zoom now »

Teen Book Club: The Hunger Games

Saturday, May 29, 2-4 pm. Join the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB) for a discussion of the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and virtual screening of the film! All teens are welcome to join even if they are not part of the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board.

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Pride Stitching (Grades 3-9)

Monday, June 14, 3-4 pm. June is PRIDE month! Show your love and support of LGBTQIA+ and join us in virtual Pride Stitching. This event will be led by librarians Mr. Hal and Ms. Beronica. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Need a cross stitch kit? Kits will be available for pick up by June 1. Register in Zoom now »

TechGirlz Workshop: Animation & Graphics With Python

Saturday, June 26, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. In this workshop, students in grades 5-8 will be drawing simple shapes and positioning them on the display, grouping shapes, and using loops and conditions to animate them. Please create a free Trinket account prior to the workshop. Laptop, Mac, PC, or Chromebook with internet access required. Register in Zoom now »

Kids

Year of the Butterfly: Storytime Series

Wednesdays, May 19 & 26, 10-10:30 am. Would you like to learn more about butterflies and nature? Join Ms. Eileen on Wednesdays in May for some fun with picture books and rhymes! Best for kids up through age 6. Register in Zoom now »

Try-It Thursday: Fairy Door Craft (Grades 4-8)

Thursday, May 20, 4-5 pm. Magic and wonder are all around us! Join Mr. Hal and Ms. Beronica to craft your own door for a fairy friend! For grades 4-8. Need supplies? Once you register for this event, stop in the Children’s Services Area at the Main Library and call 708.697.6941. A staff member will bring a kit out to you! Register in Zoom now »

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read in May

Saturdays, May 22 & 29, 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 in Zoom now »

Pride Stitching (Grades 3-9)

Monday, June 14, 3-4 pm. June is PRIDE month! Show your love and support of LGBTQIA+ and join us in virtual Pride Stitching. This event will be led by librarians Mr. Hal and Ms. Beronica. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Need a cross stitch kit? Kits will be available for pick up by June 1. Register in Zoom now »

TechGirlz Workshop: Animation & Graphics With Python

Saturday, June 26, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. In this workshop, students in grades 5-8 will be drawing simple shapes and positioning them on the display, grouping shapes, and using loops and conditions to animate them. Please create a free Trinket account prior to the workshop. Laptop, Mac, PC, or Chromebook with internet access required. Register in Zoom now »

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