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Stay up to date with all of our Community Events by viewing our calendar here: Community Events Calendar

If you have events for the community that you would like to submit, you can email egrant@oaklawn-il.gov.

OLPD & Girls Scouts

 

On May 11, in honor of Police Week, the Junior Girl Scouts Troop #60102 and Daisy Troop # 60152 both from Kolmar School stopped by the Oak Lawn Police Department with Girl Scout Cookies and homemade Cards to thank the Police Officers for their work in the community.  The Girls were excited to meet K-9 Edo and were treated to an up close & personal view of a Squad Car.

 

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Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 students raised over $70,000 over the past few months. The Oak Lawn/Hometown community very generously donated thousands to the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and a special thanks to our top collectors: Joshua G, Giavanna D, Cassidy G, Steven C, Andrew S, Katelyn S, and Aubrey P.

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D123 Band Scholarship and Awards Night

Congratulations to OLHMS 8th grader, Kevin Pankham, and 7th grader, Emma Whalen, for being recognized at the D123 Annual Band Concert held on Friday, April 29th.

Kevin was awarded the “T. Sagan Outstanding Graduate Award” which is named in honor of Mr. Tom Sagen, D123’s former band director for over 35 years. The award was voted on by the band students as to who they find to be the most outstanding OLHMS band member. Emma was awarded the “Most Improved Band Student”, which was chosen by the band directors.

The D123 Band Booster Association awarded its annual scholarships to the following OLHMS Band students at the concert. The winners this year are listed below:

Seventh Graders:

  • Emma Repetny--$600 Band Camp Scholarship
  • Haley Thompson & Grace Trout--$200 Private Lessons Scholarship

Sixth Graders:

  • Elliot Flores--$600 Band Camp Scholarship
  • Jocelyn Gomez & Rachel Rodriguez--$200 Private Lessons Scholarship

Congratulations!  And thank you to Mr. John Kehl & Mrs. Beth Lyons for all their hard work.

PICTURES ATTACHED:

KEV1:  Kevin Pankham, T. Sagan Outstanding Graduate Award Recipient with D123 Band Directors, John Kehl and Beth Lyons.

EMMA: Emma Whalen, D123 Most Improved Band Student Recipient

 

3rd grade student Emma

STEM Day is a day dedicated to introducing students to a variety of hands-on science, math, technology and engineering activities in a fun and exploratory manner. Students participated in STEM Challenge activities, completed Genius Hour/ Passion Projects, planted vegetation in the garden, met an aeronautical engineer, and much more!

After school, over 80 families met up with their children to explore the school’s Sustainable Garden, Maker Space, and classrooms where students’ projects were on display.

Thank you to our many PTA parents for volunteering throughout the day! Your assistance was very much appreciated! 

PICTURE ATTACHED:  3rd grade student, Emma Hammerquist, plants lettuce in the Sustainable Garden.

 

Oak Lawn Public Library:

"Read for the Win" with the Jesse White Tumblers

                The Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, will be kicking off the Summer Reading Program - “Read for the Win" - with a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers on Saturday, June 4 from 11am to Noon at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, 5345 W. 99th St.  Start your summer off right with some winning tumbling routines. The Jesse White Tumblers program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library. For more information about this and other programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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Sunday with Friends Concert: Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble

                Bel Sonore - a woodwind trio of flute, oboe and bassoon with soprano voice - will perform arias of the Italian Baroque to the jazz standards of Duke Ellington on Sunday, May 22 at 2pm at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Sunday with Friends concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library. For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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Borrow Materials with ILL

                Are you looking for a book, CD or DVD that the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, doesn’t own? Request and borrow items within the Interlibrary Loan system (ILL) at catalog.olpl.org. If the item you want can’t be found, the Library’s ILL staff can search other libraries in Illinois for no charge for Oak Lawn residents. The items are sent to Oak Lawn Public Library for pick up.  For more information about this, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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Book Club in a Bag

                One-stop shopping for the convenience of book clubs in our community. That’s how the staff at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, envisioned the Book Club in a Bag program. Eight titles (including four new titles listed below) are now available in the collection of book bags for book clubs. These bags are to be checked out as a single item and contain everything needed for a good discussion (minus food and drink)! Each bag contains eight copies of the selected title, discussion questions, author interviews and reviews. The loan period is six weeks. 

  • "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A touching, challenging book about growing up black in America. Written in the form of a letter to his son, the author projects no blame and offers no solutions. A profound letter from the heart, this testament of one man’s experience is an offering of understanding of these times.
  • "The Water Knife" by Paolo Bacigalupi. A near-future thriller about a world where water has become more valuable than gold, where the consequences of climate change have produced a scarcity of water that depicts a frightening – and all too real – picture of what may be in store for us tomorrow.
  • "Rogue Lawyer" by John Grisham. A legal thriller about a lawyer who hates injustice; doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; who distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the idea of ethical behavior in our judicial system - but who believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial. This is a lawyer who defends people other attorneys wouldn’t go near. 
  • "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. A feel-good, delightfully quirky debut novel about a curmudgeon - “the bitter neighbor from hell” - whose life is assaulted when a young couple with two children move next door. This beautiful story is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

For more information about Book Club in a Bag, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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By The Hand

                Do you know someone who is unable to visit the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, but loves reading, watching movies or listening to music? With a valid OLPL Library card, the Customer Services Department is offering free delivery to Oak Lawn residents at senior facilities, residential homes - for those with temporary or long-term physical impairments, or mental challenges and nursing homes.

               This outreach services initiative is free and provides courteous, informed staff members who care about patron experiences; specific Library titles in various formats – books (regular/large print and audio books), playaways, movies, music, and magazines delivered to your door; and access to the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. To learn more about home delivery, contact Tippi Price, Customer Services Department Head, at 708-422-4990 Ext. 615 or tprice@olpl.org

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One Book, One Oak lawn – “Ready Player One”

                You voted. We tabulated the results. And the selection for Oak Lawn Public Library's inaugural “One Book, One Oak Lawn” community-wide read is “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, “Ready Player One” is part quest novel, part love story and part virtual space opera. The countdown is on until September & October when OLPL will hold programs, book discussions, an 80’s movie series, live music and even a panel. Pick up, reserve or download a copy of “Ready Player One” and enjoy the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book at one time with the entire Oak Lawn community. For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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Request for Book Sale Donations

            Donate your “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older text books.  The donation drop-off area is near the Library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Customer Service desk to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.

            The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget. 

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Summer Reading Program 2016 – "Read For The Win!"

What:   Pick up your Summer Reading log at the Adult & Young Adult or Youth Services Desks and begin to "Read For The Win." Set your own reading goals, and while you’re at it, your own personal goals, too! Indicate each day you read – whether in the form of a book (especially our “One Book, One Oak Lawn” selection), newspaper, digital magazine, graphic novel or your favorite book on CD – for the chance to win some reading rewards and entry into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

When:  Wednesday, June 1 through Monday, Aug. 1

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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The Jesse White Tumblers (All ages)

What:  Start your summer off right and celebrate the start of the Oak Lawn Public Library's Summer Reading Program - "Read For The Win" - at our kick-off event featuring the Jesse White Tumblers. Stop by the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, 5345 W. 99th Street, to watch some winning tumbling routines. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library. Registration not required. 

When:  Saturday, June 4 from 11am to Noon

Where:  Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School, 5345 W. 99th Street, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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And The Winner Is ....."Ready Player One"

What:  You voted. We tabulated the results. And the selection for OLPL’s inaugural “One Book One Oak Lawn” community-wide read is “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, “Ready Player One” is part quest novel, part love story and part virtual space opera. It’s the year 2044, and the world is an ugly place. The countdown is on until September & October when OLPL will hold a number of events, including programs, book discussions, an 80’s movie series, live music and even a panel discussion. Plan to pick up, reserve or download a copy of “Ready Player One” and enjoy the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book at one time with the entire Oak Lawn community. Look out for all upcoming “One Book, One Oak Lawn” events in the fall newsletter. 

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Act Your Age: Life Lessons for Adults

What:  Fresh tips or skills to succeed in the real world.

C.A.R.E. Financial Literacy - Increase your knowledge of important financial topics, such as establishing good credit and saving money. Volunteers from the Chicagoland C.A.R.E. Program will discuss credit cards, credit reports, credit scores and more on Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm.

Interviewing Workshop - You’ve landed the interview – now what? Presenter Bob Schlacks will cover the “soft skills” companies are looking for; what to do before, during and after an interview; the most commonly asked questions; and the five different kinds of interviews on Saturday, May 21 at 1pm.

 Now That You Have Health Insurance... - An introduction to health insurance basics, including terms such as deductible and coinsurance. This session will provide helpful tips and cover how to prepare for a doctor’s visit and how to read an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) Statement on Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm.

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Snack & Study

What:  Attention, high school students! Are you studying for finals? Do you wish you had some snacks? Bring your books and your friends to Snack & Study. Extra supplies and snacks will be available.

When:   Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 25. Visit www.olpl.org for specific times for each date.       

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue (708) 422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Read It and Eat Kick-Off Meeting

What:  May is Cookbook Challenge Month! Choose a cookbook from the display at the Oak Lawn Public Library, pick a recipe and then attempt to make it. Bring those results—in the form of food to share or some thoughts about the recipe—to the first meeting of our Cookbook Club, “Read It and Eat,”.  We’ll pick a theme for the fall meeting, choose some more cookbooks and talk about our love of cooking. 

When:  Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm.

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Advocate in the Community

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Community Blood Drive

 Who 

Anyone 16 and older (16 & 17 year olds require a permission slip).

What

Wesleyan Community Church is hosting a Community Blood Drive with Heartland Blood Centers. A mobile unit will be present from 11 am - 2 pm. Give a pint, get a pint of hand-packed Baskin Robbins ice cream! One donation can save up to 3 lives!! Sign up here: https://ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/2030288 for your appointment or come by the day of the drive!

When 

Sunday, June 5th from 11 am - 2 pm

Where

Wesleyan Community Church

   8844 South Austin Ave

   Oak Lawn, IL 60453 

   Ph. 708-599-3660

   http://wesleyanchurch.com

   Contact: kwickstrom@wesleyanchurch.com 

 

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Best Garden Contest 2016

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