Author Talks

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

 Kickoff Tuesday, June 12, 11:30 to 1:30, St. Catherine of Siena/St. Lucy School:

Everyone is welcome at Meet Up and Eat Up, where those 18 and younger receive free meals without proof of income and a safe place to play and activities to engage in, such as games, crafts and story time. Family kick-off party on June 12 includes lunch for all, raffle prizes, a DJ, jumping castles, games and more. 27 Washigton Blvd., Oak Park. Ongoing program Mondays through Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 34 N. Austin Blvd. Oak Park, through August 10. 

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile Visit

Tuesday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., River Forest Public Library: 

Readers of all ages, comfort levels with smartphones and tablets and familiarity with eBooks are welcome. Learn to borrow, read or listen to eBooks and audiobooks. The Digital Bookmobile is equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and the Gadget Gallery to browse the library’s collection on a variety of popular devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®. Questions: 708-366-5205. 735 Lathrop.

The Artful Portrait Photo Exhibit

Through June 30, Oak Park Township Senior Services Center:

Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School sixth grade art students worked with photographer Stephanie Bassos through the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Art Start program. While being introduced to portrait photography, the students learned about lighting, shadow, mood and capturing emotion. Nearly 110 students participated. Display sponsored in partnership with the Oak Park Area Arts Council. 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Movies in the Park: Leap 

Friday, June 8, Dusk, Scoville Park:

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy a movie under the stars. Free. Next up: Thursday, July 19, “Wonder Woman.” Sponsored by Oak Park Pediatrics. Check weather updates: Oak Park Ave. and Lake St., Oak Park. 

Author Talks

“Hope in Hard Times” 

Tuesday, June 7, 7 to 8 p.m., Scoville Room, Main Library: 

Hear co-author Margaret Power discuss “Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression” and learn how 250 families in a Pennsylvania town banded together to create a new kind of community that raised standards of living during tough times. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Casey and the Flying Fortress” 

Tuesday, June 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: 

Meet Mark Farina and hear the story of his father, a WWII copilot of a bomber in Europe. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

“Sustainable Nation”

Wednesday, June 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Architect, urbanist and advocate for sustainable-design thinking, Douglas Farr discusses “Urban Design Patterns for the Future.” Cosponsored by the Oak Park Architectural League. Books available for purchase and signing. More. 834 Lake St.

Student Film Screening and Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m., River Forest Public Library:

See award-winning films created by local students for the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest at the elementary and middle school levels. Area teachers being honored for encouraging their students include Jenny Raia (Longfellow), Cory Kadlec (Roosevelt) and Laura Stamp (Brooks). Free. 735 Lathrop Ave.

West Suburban Community Action Cookout and Volunteer Fair

Sunday, June 10, 2 to 5 p.m., #5 Small Shelter, Miller Meadow Forest Preserve: 

Sponsored by Western Front Resist (Forest Park), Oak Park Area Indivisible, Oak Park Call to Action, Indivisible West Suburban Action League and others, the goal is to get groups acquainted with each other and help individuals learn how to work toward fall elections. Info from a variety of campaigns and organizations at the volunteer fair. Burgers/hot dogs and tea/lemonade provided. Bring side, dessert or non-alcoholic drinks to share. More/RSVP: First Ave., south of Roosevelt, Maywood.

Poetry Workshop 

Thursday, June 7, 6 to 7 p.m., Community Engagement Space, Main Library:

Explore the art of writing and appreciating poetry with poet and vocalist Luis Tubens. This event is part of the One Book, One Oak Park summer reading program. More: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

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