A PBS "American Experience" film chronicling the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the desperate, unsanctioned efforts by a handful of Americans to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. After the screening, discuss the film and the Vietnam experience with local Vietnam veterans Brian Flora and Stephen Jordan. In April 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.
The final book in Mary Alice Monroe's best-selling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy hit stores this week. Readers who enjoy Monroe's blend of fiction that weaves family drama by the seaside and environmental issues will want to pick up a copy—and join the author at an Oak Park Public Library event just a couple of days after the official start of summer.
Join us at the Main Library for a one-of-a-kind film series this summer celebrating English stage and screen actor Charles Laughton. Over six Wednesday afternoons, from June 10 to July 15, Oak Park film historian Doug Deuchler will screen and discuss some of Laughton's most memorable films.
One Book, One Oak Park is returning for a second summer as the Oak Park Public Library's community reading program for adults and teens. This year's selection, What We've Lost Is Nothing, is set in Oak Park.