Let’s Connect: Virtual Programs on Zoom

Let’s learn and connect virtually! Our virtual programs are hosted with 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

The Long Shadow Film Screening Event

Through Monday, June 28. Join a special virtual screening event of The Long Shadow in recognition of Juneteenth. Stream the film here at your convenience »

Thursday, June 24, 7-8 pm. Join in for an interview and Q&A with The Long Shadow Director Frances Causey. Register through The Long Shadow film website or directly through Zoom »

The No Shush Salon Presents: Danger Slater

Thursday, June 246:30-9 pm. Danger Slater will kick off this monthly open mic night, followed by performances by local creative types. 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 »

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.

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. Also in August, we are delighted to be joined by Oak Park native Caitlin Garvey who will be sharing from her newly published memoir, The Mourning Report. Each session will begin with a discussion and end with a memoir-focused writing exercise.

We will meet virtually twice a month, June-August. Please feel free to attend any and all sessions. When you register, please select each date you are able to attend, and please note there are two separate registration links below, one each for Tuesday and Saturday sessions:

Looking for inspiration? Check out this list of memoirs and resources »

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 »

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.

Chair Yoga

Tuesdays, 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.

Adult Improv

Tuesday, June 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 »

Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Caregiver Support Series:

Wednesdays, 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.

  • June 30: Dementia 101. 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 »
    Este evento se ofrecerá en español el 14 de julio, 10-11 am.
  • CANCELLED, to be rescheduled, but still available in Spanish on July 21: Resiliency & Coping Strategies for Dementia Caregivers. Part 2 is designed to increase awareness about the situation dementia caregivers in the U.S. face. All caregivers, family members, and loved ones are encouraged to attend.
    • Develop a repertoire of skills for resiliency, self-care, and coping when caring for someone with dementia.
    • Learn how dementia caregiver stress can impact health and lead to depression and anxiety. 
    • Strategies will be introduced for building resiliency that help preserve and restore emotional and physical health while navigating the uncertainty of dementia caregiving. A Q&A session will follow the discussion.
    • Este evento se ofrecerá en español el 21 de julio, 10-11am.

French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

Wednesday, June 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 »

Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, July 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!

Our Village Our Story: The Black Experience Today in Oak Park & Beyond

Tuesday, July 13, 6:30-7:45 pm. Join us in a conversation with Black residents of Oak Park that highlights the varying perspectives and opinions within our Black community. Topics on living in Oak Park range from raising a family, running a business, community activism, mental wellness, and more. This virtual space is designed to center Black people and our experiences. All are welcome.

The discussion will be moderated by Christian Harris with Walk the Walk. Panelists include:

  • Darien Marion-Burton, owner of marketing design firm D.M. Burton 
  • Jacques Shalo, owner of Kribi Coffee 
  • Juanta Griffin, educator and 2021 Village Trustee candidate 
  • Saria Lofton, former Oak Park resident and parent

Register in Zoom now »

Anti-Racist Book Group: Caste

Wednesday, July 14, 6:30-7:45 pm. Please join the Oak Park Public Library and the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library to discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. In Caste, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid hierarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage, and stigma, impact everyday American lives.

  • Copies of the title can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby. Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • A part of our anti-racism journey, this collaborative community event is hosted in partnership with the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Monthly meetings are virtual, and registration can be found on both libraries’ online calendars.
  • This discussion will be moderated by Oak Park Public Library Digital Learning Coordinator Toni McGee and Adult Services Librarian Rose Barnes.
  • This event is being organized by Danielle Morales-Klima with Walk the Walk.

Register in Zoom now »

Selling Your Strengths & Enhancing Your Brand: A Resume Development Workshop

Thursday, July 15, 2-3 pm. Your resume is often your first point of communication with a potential employer. It is important that your resume accurately conveys all of your skills and your work history. This webinar will talk you through all of the components needed for a great resume and review the most common mistakes that job seekers make when drafting their resumes. Presenter: Libby Scanlan, Employment & Employer Services. Register in Zoom now »

Read & Reflect: The Four Tendencies

Friday, July 16, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin shares her framework for discovering self-knowledge. Why do we do the things we do, marry the person we marry, and struggle with reoccurring challenges we have? This book can shed some understanding about why we do what we do and making life better for knowing..

Register in Zoom now »

Brown Bag: Bad Intentions

Tuesday, July 20, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors for a virtual discussion of Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum. Three friends spend a weekend at a remote cabin by Dead Water Lake.  They row across the water one night, and only two of them return.  They contact Inspector Sejer the next day.  Is this death a suicide?  Sejer feels that the surviving pair are hiding something.

  • Find the title in the library’s catalog, and 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. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories.

Register in Zoom now »

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, July 20, 2-4 pm. Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect through conversation and enjoyable activities, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library. Use this link to join the Zoom meeting on Tuesday, July 20 at 2 pm »

Words on Wednesday: Caste

Wednesday, July 21, 1-2 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, in which Wilkerson identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid hierarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage, and stigma, impact everyday American lives.

Register in Zoom now »

Teens

Living History Project: Black Queer History

Friday, June 25, 5:30-7:30 pm. Join the Living History Project (LHP) in exploring and learning more about the Black queer experience and history in light of Pride month. Register in Zoom now »

TechGirlz Workshop: Animation & Graphics With Python (Grades 5-8)

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 »

Teen Book Club: The Giver

Saturday, July 3, 2-4 pm. Join the Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB) for a discussion of the book and film The Giver by Lois Lowry! All teens are welcome to join even if they’re not part of LETAB. 

Register in Zoom now »

Queerios: Cartoonist Sage Coffey (Grades 6-12)

Saturday, July 10, 3-5 pm. Join Chicago cartoonist Sage Coffey as they teach attendees about zines. Zine (pronounced “ZEEN”) is short for magazine. Zines can contain anything including comics, photo collage, or even poetry! Attendees will learn how to fold and cut a single piece of paper to make a six-page zine about the subject of their choice. The possibilities are endless, and Sage is excited to teach this easy way to make your very own zines at home. Register in Zoom now »

Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

Friday, July 16, 3-4 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, and a link to the meeting will be emailed to members each month. If you would like to attend this meeting as a guest: Register in Zoom now »

Kids

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read

Saturdays, June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, August 7, 14 & 2110-10:30 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 »

TechGirlz Workshop: Animation & Graphics With Python (Grades 5-8)

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 »

Chess Champs

Wednesdays, 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.

Drag Storytime (Ages 3+)

Friday, July 9, 3-4 pm. Get ready for an hour of virtual fun with our guest star Haba Nero! We will celebrate together with books, music, and a Pride flag ribbon banner craft. Even though Pride month is over, we are uplifting LGBTQ+ stories year-round. Best for ages 3+. Need a craft kit? Once you register for this event, stop by the Children’s Services Area at the Main Library and ask a staff member. The first 15 participants to register will receive a craft kit. Register in Zoom now »

Queerios: Cartoonist Sage Coffey (Grades 6-12)

Saturday, July 10, 3-5 pm. Join Chicago cartoonist Sage Coffey as they teach attendees about zines. Zine (pronounced “ZEEN”) is short for magazine. Zines can contain anything including comics, photo collage, or even poetry! Attendees will learn how to fold and cut a single piece of paper to make a six-page zine about the subject of their choice. The possibilities are endless, and Sage is excited to teach this easy way to make your very own zines at home. Register in Zoom now »

Supported Storytime: Fun in the Sun (Ages 2-7)

Saturday, July 17, 9:30-10 am. Join us on Zoom for a little Fun in the Sun with these adaptive stories and songs! This storytime is designed for children with unique developmental needs. Children ages 2-7 with caregiver, siblings welcome. This class is hosted by Arlington Heights Public Library. Register now on the Arlington Heights Public Library website »

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