Big Week | June 10-17

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Many Voices, Many Stories

Now through August, virtually with the Oak Park Public Library

The summer reading program for adults and teens features six titles of different genres connected through the theme of immigration. They are 1919 by Eve L. Ewing, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Join the discussion, June 19, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. register: oppl.org/calendar), The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas (Join the discussion, June 17, 1 to 2 p.m., register: oppl.org/calendar), Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Titles available as ebooks and some audio books through Media on Demand, Libby and/or Hoopla. More: oppl.org/read-listen-watch/many-voices-many-stories

Summer Reading with
the River Forest Public Library

June 15 through Aug. 21

All ages can join the 2020 reading challenge. Track your reading on a computer or the Beanstack Tracker app. Enjoy programming from the library, which includes prizes, virtual programs and more. Sign up: riverforestlibrary.org

 

Stay Fit with the YMCA

With 12 Bursts, the whole family or individuals can stay active with 5-minute bursts of daily physical activity that can be done anytime, anywhere. The program encourages everyone to achieve 60-minutes of daily recommended physical. Stack or mix and match to complete a Daily Dozen challenge. No two days are the same. Free. Get started: 12bursts.org

Or get fit with YMCA 360 Virtual Health and Fitness Videos, such as Active Older Adult Strength Training, Youth Dance, Bootcamp and Core & More. Also find yoga, barre, Pilates, cycling, Tai Chi and other workouts. Free.
Go to: ymca360.org/on-demand

 

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, June 16, 2 to 3 p.m.,
Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library

Join for conversation and enjoyable activities at this welcoming virtual event for individuals living with memory changes along with their families and friends.
Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

Queerios Summer Meetups

Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.,
Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library

Queerios is an LGBTQ+ positive group for those  in grades 6-12. It is a way to get together, discuss different issues, share favorite books, support activism and more. In partnership with OPRF High School's A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of Julian and Brooks middle schools. 

June 13
Peace circle check-in and JackBox games

July 18
Mask of Shadows & other teen LGBTQ books discussion

August 8
D&D and Honey Heist virtual tabletop gaming

Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

An Afternoon of Music

Wednesday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m., Zoom through the Nineteenth Century Charitable Organization

Hear composer/arranger and award-winning flautist Michele McGovern and composer/pianist Kristofer Spike. The program will be both pre-recorded and live, and include a Q&A. More/to access the virtual program, go to: nineteenthcentury.org

 

Wildly Beneficial: Native Plants

See a recording of the virtual lecture by Stephanie Walquist of West Cook Wild Ones, who spoke at the Oak Park Conservatory last month. Learn the benefits of native plants and consider adding them into your home landscape. Find it: fopcon.org

 

 

What's Cooking: Now and Again

Sunday, June 14, 4 to 5 p.m.,
Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library

Join others and discuss Julie Turshen's book  Go-to Recipes, Inspired Menus Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers, with more than 125 recipes and 20 menu ideas. Available through Hoopla. Register: oppl.org/calendar

 

 

Play at Home

A group of theaters across the country came together to create the Play at Home project, a series of 10-minute plays to inspire joy and connection. Berwyn's 16th Street Theater's Associate Artist Juan Muñoz received a commission to create a Play at Home script. His work, Moles, to be performed by four humans, is about Greg, who accidentally creates a giant sinkhole at work. His supervisor tries to control the situation from a radio tower hundreds of miles away. Neither is prepared for the disaster awaiting them beneath the ground. Find it: playathome.org/plays/munoz-moles. Donate to 16th Street: boxoffice.printtixusa.com/16thstreet/donate

Summer Art with Gene Ha

Wednesdays, June 17 through July 22, 2 to 3 p.m., Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library

Join creator of the Mae comic book series, learn basic steps artists use to develop their own comic books and design your own comic strip this summer. Grades 1-8. Free. Supplies, such as pencils, paper, black markers, are needed. Register for each Wednesday event: oppl.org/calendar

 

 

Searching for South America

Saturday, June 13, 1 to 2 p.m.,
Zoom through the Oak Park Public Library

Brian Michalski spent a year trekking the Inca Trail, navigating Patagonia, exploring the Amazon and more. Live Q&A after talk. Register: oppl.org/calendar

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