Let’s Connect: Virtual Programs on Zoom

We miss seeing you in person! So we are piloting 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

Books & Brews: The Sympathizer

Tuesday, July 14, 6-7 pm. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life on 1975 Los Angeles.

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, virtually! Register in Zoom »

Words on Wednesday: The Rent Collector

Wednesday, July 15, 1-2 pm. In Camron Wright’s The Rent Collector, Sang Ly and her husband, a Cambodian couple,  are  just trying to survive day-to-day by collecting enough recyclables to pay for food and rent. Their rent collector,  Sopeap, is spiteful. Sang Ly starts out on a journey to save her sick son from a life of destitution and misery. One day, Sang Ly learns the first of the rent collector’s secrets, which brings big changes  to both of  their lives. This is a beautifully told story about the perseverance of the human spirit. This novel is based on a true story.

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult Services Librarians. Register in Zoom now »

Many Voices: Book Discussion: All Titles

Thursday, July 16, 7-8 pm. Did you read all the books from Many Voices, Many Stories? Did you read just one? Or a few of them? Whatever the number, join us for a virtual discussion of all the titles from our community reading program to talk about which of the titles you read or listened to. Register in Zoom now »

This book discussion is part of our all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, which features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. Learn more about Many Voices, Many Stories »

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.

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!

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, July 21, 2-3 pm. Join us for a virtual Memory Cafe for seniors and their caretakers. Register in Zoom now »

Many Voices: Book Discussion: El libro de los americanos desconocidos

Tuesday, July 21, 6-7 pm. Join us to discuss The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. This discussion will be in Spanish. Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter’s difficult recovery, and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

Register in Zoom now »

Many Voices: Peace Circle

Thursdays, 5-6 pm. Join with community members to participate in a virtual peace circle. This event is part of our all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, which features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. Learn more about Many Voices, Many Stories »

Grief Journaling Workshop

Sunday, July 26, 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. Register in Zoom now »

Adult Improv

Tuesday, July 28, 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. Warning: hilarity will ensue… Register in Zoom now »

Selling Your Strengths & Enhancing Your Brand: A Resume Development Workshop

Wednesday, July 29, 2-3:30 pm. Your resume is often your first point of communication with a potential employer. It is important that your resume accurately conveys all of your skills and your work history. This webinar will talk you through all of the components needed for a great resume and review the most common mistakes that job seekers make when drafting their resumes.  Presenter: Phil Holmes, CPRW, Employment & Employer Services. Register in Zoom now »

Many Voices: Nestor Gomez

Wednesday, July 29, 5-6 pm. Creator, producer, curator, and host Nestor “the Boss” Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago undocumented in the mid 80’s. He told his first story at a Chicago Moth Slam as a way to finally get over stuttering. Surprisingly, he won the slam that night and has not stop sharing stories ever since. Register in Zoom now »

French Conversation Hour / Heure de Conversation Française

Wednesday, July 29, 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 »

No Shush Salon

Thursday, July 30, 6:30-9:30 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 »

Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, August 1, 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 »

Many Voices: Book Discussion: The Refugees

Wednesday, August 5, 6-7 pm. Join us to discuss The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.

Register in Zoom now »

Midday Meditation

Thursday, August 6, 12-12:30 pm. Relax and concentrate on your breathing with a midday meditation led by Betsy Grimm. Register in Zoom now »

Teens

Queerios Summer Meet-Ups

Saturdays, 2-4 pm. Join us for any and all Queerios virtual summer meet-ups. In partnership with OPRF High School’s A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is an LGBTQ+ positive group. Our goal is to provide a space for tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to get together, discuss different issues, share their favorite books, sponsor and provide support for activism, plan outings, and more.

Try It Thursdays Trivia

Thursday, August 20, 4-5 pm. Who will be the trivia champion? Students in grades 4-8 are invited to play virtual Kahoot! trivia. Join in the fun and connect with your regular Try It Thursday members! Trivia theme: Chicago History; 30 questions total. Register in Zoom now »

Kids

Summer Art With Gene Ha

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm. Start your summer break with some comic books and art! Join the library in a six-day virtual Zoom chat with comic book artist, Gene Ha, creator of the Mae comic book series. Learn the basic steps that artists use to develop their own comic books and design your own comic strip this summer! For more information, check out Gene Ha’s website at www.geneha.com. Limit: 25 Attendees. Grades 1-8.

Please register for each event:

Try It Thursdays Trivia

Thursday, August 20, 4-5 pm. Who will be the trivia champion? Students in grades 4-8 are invited to play virtual Kahoot! trivia. Join in the fun and connect with your regular Try It Thursday members! Trivia theme: Chicago History; 30 questions total. Register in Zoom now »

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