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

Adult Improv

Tuesday, January 26, 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 »

French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

Wednesday, January 27, 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, January 28, 6:30-9 pm. Listen to performances by local creative types and share your own works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors at this monthly open mic night. 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.

  • January 30
  • February 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • March 6, 13, 20 & 27

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.

Emancipation to Inauguration: Chicago’s Black Experience

Monday, February 1, 6-7:30 pm. From our first non-indigenous citizen to the 44th President of the United States, African American history runs deep in Chicago and has touched all aspects of American life. Learn more about this incredible tale with musician/historian Clarence Goodman. Register in Zoom now »

Midday Meditation

Thursday, February 4, 12-12:30 pm. Manage stress, boost your immune system, and increase energy with this meditation session led by Betsy Grimm. Register in Zoom now »

Enjoy Your Space While Sheltering in Place

Saturday, February 6, 1-2 pm. Find out how you can reduce clutter and focus on what you love about your space with Megan Spillman, professional organizer and certified KonMari consultant. KonMari is the tidying method created by bestselling author Marie Kondo. You will leave the session with tips to use right away in your space. Register in Zoom now »

Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, February 6, 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!

Books & Brews: Furia

Tuesday, February 9, 4-5 pm. In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life in Yamile Saied Méndez’s Furia. At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father. On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her.

  • Copies can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby and Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla, Media on Demand, or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don’t worry if you don’t have time to finish the book, we’re pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us.

Register in Zoom now »

The COVID-19 Vaccine & You

Tuesday, February 9, 7-8 pm. The COVID-19 Vaccine. One small shot for man. One small shot for mankind. You are invited to a presentation and discussion with Dr. Pitud Rangsithienchai, an allergist and immunologist in the Oak Park community, as he discusses this new treatment. Dr. Pitud will touch on many topics including vaccine mechanisms, efficacy, and possible reactions. The brief presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A session. No vaccine schedule information will be available at this virtual event. For more details about scheduling, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website and the Village of Oak Park website. Register in Zoom now »

Anti-Racism Book Group: So You Want to Talk About Race

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30-7:45 pm. Please join us to discuss So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This breakout book explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape—from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement—offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. 

This discussion will be moderated by Oak Park Public Library librarian Margita Lidaka and Chicago Public Library Branch Associate Charmaine Bryant.

  • Copies can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby and Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • 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.

Register in Zoom now »

Movie Music Romance

Thursday, February 11, 2-3:30 pm. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience dozens of the most artfully created movie scenes, love songs, and dance tandems ever seen on the silver screen all in one sitting? Welcome to Movie Music Romance, a live, narrated tour through 23 compilations of classic songs and dances from the finest in film history. It’s a journey through lyrical splendor that spans the past 107 years. Presented by John LeGear. Register in Zoom now »

A Fond Farewell: Celebrating the Pets We Have Loved & Lost

Sunday, February 14, 2-4 pm. Often when a pet dies, there is a lack of time or space for grieving their passing and celebrating their life. But losing a pet can be heartbreaking. In this program, we will share pictures (or descriptions) of the pets who have touched our lives. Instead of being a sad event, this will be a celebration of the joyous times, silly and irreverent tales, and a chance to say when you miss them the most. After that, we will draw or write about the pets. Register in Zoom now »

Brown Bag: Bruno, Chief of Police

Tuesday, February 16, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss Bruno, Chief of Police by Fred Vargas. Meet Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France. He’s a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. Now Bruno must balance his beloved routines with a politically delicate investigation. As he learns more about the dead man’s past, Bruno’s suspicions turn toward a more complex motive.

  • Copies can be downloaded through Hoopla and Media on Demand/Libby.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla, Media on Demand, or Libby? 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: The Great Alone

Wednesday, February 17, 1-2 pm. Join your neighbors to discuss Kristin Hannahs’s The Great Alone. When her volatile, former POW father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.

  • The title can be downloaded through Hoopla and Media on Demand/Libby.
  • Need help getting started with Hoopla, 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 »

Read & Reflect: Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder

Friday, February 19, 12-1 pm. Join your neighbors virtually to discuss Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. “Antifragile” is what Taleb has identified as the category of things that not only gain from chaos, but need it in order to survive and flourish. Taleb’s message is revolutionary: “The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make it.”

  • Copies can be downloaded through Media on Demand/Libby.
  • Need help getting started with Media on Demand or Libby? Watch how-to videos »
  • In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion.

Register in Zoom now »

Death Cafe

Sunday, February 21, 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 »

Walk Like an Egyptian: Understanding Egyptian Art in its Ancient & Modern Contexts

Wednesday, February 24, 2-3 pm. Animal-headed gods, brightly painted coffins, hieroglyphic writing: most people would immediately recognize these pieces of ancient Egypt. Ever-present in modern museums and popular culture, Egyptian art is frequently sensationalized and simplified in equal measure. It is also just a piece of ancient Egypt, rather than the whole picture, and in order to properly understand it, we must consider it in its original context, divorced from its modern representations.

Presenter Luiza Osorio da Silva, a graduate student from The University of Chicago, will reveal the complexity and beauty of Egyptian art. This program is presented in partnership with The University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Register in Zoom now »

Friday, February 26, 2-3:30 pm. If you are looking to create a LinkedIn profile or elevate your existing profile, this workshop is for you. Get helpful tips on what recruiters are looking for and how you can highlight your skills and strengths. Also, learn how you can use LinkedIn as a tool in your job search. Presented by Beatrice Siler of Employment & Employer Services. Register in Zoom now »

Motown: Music That Moved the World

Thursday, February 25, 2-3 pm. Enjoy the timeless music of Motown that moved us then and still moves us now. Through audio and visual content, trace the amazing musical journey from the power soul of “Dancing in the Streets” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” to the psychedelic soul of “Cloud Nine” and “What’s Going On” to the pop soul of The Jackson 5. Presented by Gary Wenstrup. 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, February 1, 8, 15 & 22
  • Wednesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 17 & 24

Register in Zoom now »

Try-It “Saturday”: Spell Tabletop RPG Adventure

Saturday, January 30, 2-3 pm. Have you ever dreamed of fighting evil by moonlight like a Sailor Scout or becoming a hero with magical powers? Young people in grades 4-8 can join us for a game of Spell: a whimsical modern fantasy roleplaying game about Speakers who cast spells with the power of words!

Virtual supplies needed:

Register in Zoom now »

TechGirlz Workshop: Solving Genetic Mysteries With Online Tools & Family Histories

Saturday, February 13, 12-2 pm. In this workshop students in grades 5-8 will learn about the free technologies available to examine genes and visualize a family tree!

You will learn how to use online tools to create a family tree (Progeny), search a set of medical symptoms to find the genetic cause (OMIM), and search the human genome for genetic changes that can cause medical symptoms (Human Genome Browser).

Register in Zoom now »

About TechGirlz

TechGirlz provides workshops to girls, virtually, with the help of industry professionals and community leaders. TechGirlz’ mission is to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers; to develop a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology. Are you a teen ages 15-17 and want to volunteer with TechGirlz? Learn more »

Please join us for any and all upcoming virtual programs:

Leading Edge Teen Advisory Board (LETAB)

Friday, February 19, 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 »

Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Dough Boys

Friday, February 19, 5-6 pm. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: Dough Boys by Paula Chase.

Told in two voices, thirteen-year-old best friends Simp and Rollie play on a basketball team in their housing project, but Rollie dreams of being a drummer and Simp, to impress the gang leader, Coach Tez

  • Books also can be downloaded through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with ​Hoopla? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library »
  • 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. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions.

Register in Zoom now »

Join us for any all meetings held Fridays, 5-6 pm:

Kids

Library Buddies: Chat With Our Children’s Services Team

Tuesday, January 26, 11 am-12 pm. We miss you, library friends! Because we don’t get to talk at the desk anymore, come by our virtual desk in Zoom to get personal time with Children’s Services staff. We can read you a story (or you can read to us), chat with a puppet, share some jokes, or show us your pets! Sessions are 10 minutes each. Register in Zoom now »

Chess Champs

Tuesday, January 26, 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 »

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read in January

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.

  • Wednesday, January 27
  • Saturday, January 30

Register in Zoom now »

Try-It “Saturday”: Spell Tabletop RPG Adventure

Saturday, January 30, 2-3 pm. Have you ever dreamed of fighting evil by moonlight like a Sailor Scout or becoming a hero with magical powers? Young people in grades 4-8 can join us for a game of Spell: a whimsical modern fantasy roleplaying game about Speakers who cast spells with the power of words!

Virtual supplies needed:

Register in Zoom now »

Supported Storytime

Sunday, January 31, 1-1:30 pm. Join your favorite librarians live via Zoom for winter and Valentine’s books, songs, dancing, and lots of fun! Classes are structured with visual schedules, which will be emailed to registered families before the class. This class is designed for children with disabilities ages 3 and up, with caregiver support. Siblings welcome.

Can’t make it? A video recording of Miss Shelley introducing the songs and activities will be sent to registered families after class. This class is part of a partnership with 8 local libraries (find more supported programs here).

Register in Zoom now »

Live Virtual Storytime: Shake, Rattle & Read in February

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, February 3, 10, 17 & 24
  • Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27

Register in Zoom now »

Uniquely You Tea Party

Saturday, February 6, 2-4 pm. The Uniquely You Tea Party offers a safe space for girls (ages 8-11) who identify as members of the African diaspora to share their stories. Registered guests will be notified when to pick up a special gift package that includes tea, cups, accessories, and a book. Register in Zoom now »

Spanish Toddler Yoga With Miss Sandie

February 8, 11-11:30 am. Join yoga instructor Sandie Gonzalez to learn yoga poses to share with your toddler and some Spanish phrases to go along with it! Ages 1-2 with caregiver. Register in Zoom now »

Valentine’s Young & Restless

Thursday, February 11, 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 »

Drag Queen Storytime

Saturday, February 13, 10-10:30 am. Get ready for an hour of virtual fun featuring books, music, dancing, and time for questions during this storytime and celebration presented by guest star Másha Potato. Register in Zoom now »

TechGirlz Workshop: Solving Genetic Mysteries With Online Tools & Family Histories

Saturday, February 13, 12-2 pm. In this workshop students in grades 5-8 will learn about the free technologies available to examine genes and visualize a family tree!

You will learn how to use online tools to create a family tree (Progeny), search a set of medical symptoms to find the genetic cause (OMIM), and search the human genome for genetic changes that can cause medical symptoms (Human Genome Browser).

Register in Zoom now »

About TechGirlz

TechGirlz provides workshops to girls, virtually, with the help of industry professionals and community leaders. TechGirlz’ mission is to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers; to develop a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology. Are you a teen ages 15-17 and want to volunteer with TechGirlz? Learn more »

Please join us for any and all upcoming virtual programs:

Middle School Book Group (Grades 5-8): Dough Boys

Friday, February 19, 5-6 pm. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions on this month’s book: Dough Boys by Paula Chase.

Told in two voices, thirteen-year-old best friends Simp and Rollie play on a basketball team in their housing project, but Rollie dreams of being a drummer and Simp, to impress the gang leader, Coach Tez

  • Books also can be downloaded through Hoopla.
  • Need help getting started with ​Hoopla? Watch how-to videos at oppl.org/how-to-library »
  • 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. Meet virtually with students in grades 5-8 as we share thoughts and opinions.

Register in Zoom now »

Join us for any all meetings held Fridays, 5-6 pm:

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