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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Anti-Racist Book Group: How to Be an Antiracist

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30-7:45 pm. Introducing a new collaborative community event as part of our anti-racism journey: the Anti-Racist Book Group. Hosted in collaboration with the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library, monthly meetings are virtual, and registration can be found on both libraries’ online calendars.

Please join us for our second meeting to discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This second discussion will be moderated by Oak Park Public Library librarian Rose Barnes.

ABOUT THE BOOK
“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.” Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Register in Zoom now »

Midday Meditation

Thursday, December 3, 12-12:30 pm. Relax and concentrate on your breathing with a midday meditation led by Betsy Grimm. Register in Zoom now »

Holiday Movies & Music

Thursday, December 3, 7-8:30 pm. Journey back with us over the past century of film history as host John LeGear showcases songs, dances, and magical movie scenes from some of the most warmly embraced holiday films of all time. Look for familiar faces during the live, narrated presentation, among them James Stewart, Donna Reed, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Tom Hanks, Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara, and Cary Grant. This program is a joyous reminder of why we surround ourselves with loved ones to celebrate the seasons.  

Presented by John LeGear, a marketing communications specialist who has dedicated most of his 42-year career to building and promoting national not-for-profit organizations in the fields of education, health care, and athletics.

Register in Zoom now » 

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.

  • December 5
  • December 12
  • December 18

Register in Zoom now »

Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, December 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 Presents: NaNoWriMo Come Write In Wrap-Up

Sunday, December 6, 1:30-4:30 pm. Wrap up NaNoWriMo with your fellow writers! Share some of your novel, what was easy, what was difficult, if you won, and more!

What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Learn more at nanowrimo.org »

Register in Zoom now »

Allergies, Asthma & You

Tuesday, December 8, 7-8 pm. Get answers to questions about your allergies and asthma. Presented by the Housecall Allergist Dr. Pitud. Register in Zoom now »

Never Fear Talks: How to Talk to Young People About HIV/AIDS, PrEP & More

Wednesday, December 9, 4-5 pm. Are you a parent or caregiver of a young person ages 10-25? Attend this virtual session hosted by Lurie Children’s Hospital to get tips on how to have meaningful conversations with kids, teens, and young adults about HIV/AIDS, PrEP, and sexual health.

Young people are always observing, listening, learning from you and from their world. There are so many little ways over the years that you connect and share message about identities, bodies, and relationships. During this virtual event, you’ll get real-life examples of adults and youth having quick, meaningful conversations about navigating sexual health.

Register now by completing this Google Form »

Medicare Educational Seminar

Thursday, December 10, 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. Register in Zoom now »

Jazz Vocalist Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown Present Travelin’ Tunes

Saturday, December 12, 2-3 pm. Enjoy a musical journey abroad with jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown. They will entertain you with Great American Songbook favorites including “Come Fly With Me,” “Far Away Places,” “When in Rome I Do as the Romans Do,” “Caravan,” ” It Happened in Monterey,”  and more! Register in Zoom now »

Death Cafe

Sunday, December 13, 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 »

What’s Cooking: 100 Cookies

Sunday, December 13, 4-5 pm. Join fellow cooks to discuss 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer.

  • Copies can be downloaded through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla? Watch how-to videos »
  • This book group meets four times a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Register in Zoom now »

Oak Park Photography Club

Mondays, 7-9 pm. Love taking photos? Join the Oak Park Photography Club for bimonthly meetings held on the second and fourth Mondays. All skill levels are welcome. Photographers will share digital images most of the meetings, but the second meeting of odd-numbered months is reserved for print night. Bring one or two 8×10-inch prints or larger to share and discuss via Zoom.

  • December 14
  • December 28

Register in Zoom now »

Brown Bag: A Noel Killing

Tuesday, December 15, 12-1 pm. In A Noel Killing by M. L. Longworth, Antione Verlaque, magistrate for the town of Aix-en-Provence, does not like Christmas, especially the too early decorations, swarms of tourists, and the tacky trinkets being sold in town.  Just as the holiday begins, a man is poisoned, sending the town into a panic. The list of suspects is large, with the full church, vendors, and tourists in addition to the unhappy wife and disgruntled business partner. A great way to celebrate the season and find out “who done it”!

  • Copies can be downloaded through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla? Watch how-to videos »
  • Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover’s book group. Make your lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories.

Register in Zoom now »

Words on Wednesday: Go Tell It on the Mountain

Wednesday, December 16, 1-2 pm. Author James Baldwin’s first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain is a semi-autobiographical tale that explores themes of family, church, and racial injustice. Focusing on the life of teenage boy John Grimes in Harlem on a single day, this title is featured on multiple 100 Best English Language Novels.

  • The title can be downloaded through Media on Demand & Libby
  • Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult Services Librarians.

Register in Zoom now »

The No Shush Salon Presents: Zig Zag Claybourne

Thursday, December 17, 6:30-9 pm. Hear from this month’s featured reader Zig Zag Claybourne—author of The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan and its forthcoming sequel Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe—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 »

VIRTUAL: Read & Reflect: Brain on Fire: Mouth of Madness

Friday, December 18, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. At twenty-four, Susannah woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to the bed, unable to move or speak, with no memory of how she’d gotten there.  Days before she was at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising new career at a major newspaper.  Now she was labeled violent, psychotic and considered a flight risk. What went wrong?

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion.

Register in Zoom now »

Christmas Music From Latin America

Saturday, December 19, 4-5 pm. Take a musical journey to Latin America as singer Miguel deLeón and his five-piece band play some of the most famous and beautiful villancicos (Christmas songs) that are sung during the holiday season. Register in Zoom now »

Grief Journaling Workshop

Sunday, December 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, December 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. Register in Zoom now »

Teens

Stamped Family & Community Discussion

Tuesday, December 1, 6-7:30 pm. Meet virtually with Oak Park community members as we share thoughts and opinions on 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.

This is the final discussion in a three-part series. Attendees will join together for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms. 

Pre-work: Prior to attending the sessions, please watch the clip of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. This segment features authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi who give an explanation of how their book focuses on the culture of racism in America.

In conjunction with Brooks and Julian Middle Schools’ fall curriculum read, the sessions will follow along with the chapters read during the month of October. Students from Dominican University will lead the circles in the breakout sessions.

These sessions are made possible with the support of D97 and D200 school districts, the E-Team of Oak Park, Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group, and the Oak Park Public 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.

  • Monday, December 7
  • Wednesdays, December 2 & 9

Register in Zoom now »

Never Fear Talks: How to Talk to Young People About HIV/AIDS, PrEP & More

Wednesday, December 9, 4-5 pm. Are you a parent or caregiver of a young person ages 10-25? Attend this virtual session hosted by Lurie Children’s Hospital to get tips on how to have meaningful conversations with kids, teens, and young adults about HIV/AIDS, PrEP, and sexual health.

Young people are always observing, listening, learning from you and from their world. There are so many little ways over the years that you connect and share message about identities, bodies, and relationships. During this virtual event, you’ll get real-life examples of adults and youth having quick, meaningful conversations about navigating sexual health.

Register now by completing this Google Form »

Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): This Was Our Pact

Friday, December 11, 4-5 pm. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews.

Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival go, so they follow the river as far as they can until the only followers left are Ben and Nathaniel.

  • Copies 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 »

Please join us for our next meeting:
January 15The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Try-It Thursdays & Queerios: Virtual Comic Drawing With Ashlynn Barker

Thursday, December 17, 5-6 pm. Join us for a one-hour interactive workshop with webcomic artist Ashlynn Barker, creator of Fake Gamer Girl Comics! Come ready to draw and ask questions about comics, art, and games. Best for kids in grades 5-8.

Ashlynn Barker is a comics artist and game designer in Chicago. She makes stuff about being trans, video games, and mental health. Check her out on Instagram @fggcomic »

Supplies needed:

  • Pens
  • Sketchpad or blank paper

Register in Zoom now »

Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

Friday, December 18, 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

Stamped Family & Community Discussion

Tuesday, December 1, 6-7:30 pm. Meet virtually with Oak Park community members as we share thoughts and opinions on 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.

This is the final discussion in a three-part series. Attendees will join together for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms. 

Pre-work: Prior to attending the sessions, please watch the clip of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. This segment features authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi who give an explanation of how their book focuses on the culture of racism in America.

In conjunction with Brooks and Julian Middle Schools’ fall curriculum read, the sessions will follow along with the chapters read during the month of October. Students from Dominican University will lead the circles in the breakout sessions.

These sessions are made possible with the support of D97 and D200 school districts, the E-Team of Oak Park, Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group, and the Oak Park Public Library.

Register in Zoom now »

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read in December

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.

  • Wednesdays, December 2, 9 & 16
  • Saturdays, December 5, 12 & 19

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

Drag Storytime

Saturday, December 5, 2-3 pm. Get ready for an hour of virtual fun featuring books, music, dancing, and time for questions during this storytime and celebration presented by guest stars Irregular Girl and Chanel Mercedes Benz. Ages 3+. Register in Zoom now »

Never Fear Talks: How to Talk to Young People About HIV/AIDS, PrEP & More

Wednesday, December 9, 4-5 pm. Are you a parent or caregiver of a young person ages 10-25? Attend this virtual session hosted by Lurie Children’s Hospital to get tips on how to have meaningful conversations with kids, teens, and young adults about HIV/AIDS, PrEP, and sexual health.

Young people are always observing, listening, learning from you and from their world. There are so many little ways over the years that you connect and share message about identities, bodies, and relationships. During this virtual event, you’ll get real-life examples of adults and youth having quick, meaningful conversations about navigating sexual health.

Register now by completing this Google Form »

Live Virtual Storytime: Young & Restless

Thursday, December 10, 10-10:30 am. This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Register in Zoom now »

Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): This Was Our Pact

Friday, December 11, 4-5 pm. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews.

Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival go, so they follow the river as far as they can until the only followers left are Ben and Nathaniel.

  • Copies 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 »

Please join us for our next meeting:
January 15The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Try-It Thursdays & Queerios: Virtual Comic Drawing With Ashlynn Barker

Thursday, December 17, 5-6 pm. Join us for a one-hour interactive workshop with webcomic artist Ashlynn Barker, creator of Fake Gamer Girl Comics! Come ready to draw and ask questions about comics, art, and games. Best for kids in grades 5-8.

Ashlynn Barker is a comics artist and game designer in Chicago. She makes stuff about being trans, video games, and mental health. Check her out on Instagram @fggcomic »

Supplies needed:

  • Pens
  • Sketchpad or blank paper

Register in Zoom now »

Chess Champs

Tuesday, December 22, 4-5 pm. Join us for a chess workshop and open play chess club, led by instructor Luis Tubens. Best for ages 5-13. Please have your own board ready. If you don’t own one, you can place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bagprint out a board and pieces, or draw your own board and pieces. Register in Zoom now »

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