Here in Oak Park, we’re fortunate to have many notable authors, filmmakers, musicians, and other artists as neighbors. There’s Elizabeth Berg, Chris Ware, Alex Kotlowitz, Steve James…

But what about our perhaps lesser-known hometown creators? There’s Emma Gates, Dan Smolla, Michael Taylor, Chris Tyre…

With its special Oak Park Creates collection, the Oak Park Public Library wants to celebrate the creative among us who may not yet have instant name recognition—and put their works into circulation. Anyone with direct ties to Oak Park can submit materials to be considered for the collection.

“Oak Park Creates is more than a collection,” said Eric Pasteur, Media Librarian. “It represents a community of creators who have experiences to share. Hopefully, those experiences will inform, teach, and encourage others to create.”

To that end, the Main Library is hosting upcoming Oak Park Creates events, discussions, performances, and screenings aimed at connecting local creators with their audiences and with each other. Through these gatherings, the library hopes to inspire those who aspire to create. 

“We hope that this collection continues to grow, and that it encourages current or potential creators to pursue their craft and engage with us, other creators, and our community,” Pasteur said.

Oak Park Creates Presents:

The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2-4:30 pm

Join Oak Park director Dan Smolla and actress Misti Patrella for a screening and discussion of Dan’s new film, The Night-Like Daydreams of Wolfgang Deedle. Dan and Misti will talk about their filmmaking process and discuss with viewers.

Holy Goat Percussion
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10-11:30 am
Oak Parker Michael Taylor of Holy Goat Percussion, creator of Remembering How to Drum: A Study of Traditional Djembe Technique, shares his love of djembe drumming by giving hands-on instruction and talking about how he came to his craft. Participation is encouraged and questions are welcomed.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 7-9 pm
Join us for a screening of P.S., a film by Chris Tyre. Tyre and soundtrack composer Jason Williams will discuss the film’s genesis and take questions.

Women Who Write
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-4 pm
Meet some female Oak Park Creates authors and hear about their books and writing styles. Panelists include Joan Bard-Collins, Julia Buckley, D.C. Diskin, Emma Gates, Bridgette Lewis (pen name Blake Marie Kian), Roberta Raymond, and Lynne Adams-Whitaker.

FPE Records
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7-8 pm
Join Oak Parker Matt Pakulski, owner of FPE Records, for an informative discussion of independent record label management and the artists on his roster.

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