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Act Your Age: Life Lessons for Adults

                It’s not easy being an adult! Join us at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, for some fresh tips or skills to succeed in the real world.

  • Homebuyers’ Workshop – Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm. Attention, first time homebuyers! Standard Bank & Trust will review the essentials of insurance, credit score information, new programs with low down payments and how to access up to $26,000 in free down payment assistance.
  • Get Organized, Stay Organized and Save Money! – Thursday, May 12 at 7pm. Do you ever run to the grocery store (again!) to pick up a few things that you forgot the last time you shopped? These practices cost you time and money. Beth Randall of Joe Organizer, LLC will teach you to stay organized and save money in the process.
  • Resume Workshop – Saturday, May 14 at 1pm. Presenter Bob Schlacks, who has conducted workshops for the last 15 years at the Illinois workNet Center in Aurora, reviews the five categories of information your resume must contain for you to land your dream job! To review your resume at the end of the program, bring a hard copy.
  • C.A.R.E. Financial Literacy – Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm. 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.
  • Interviewing Workshop – Saturday, May 21 at 1pm. 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.
  • Now That You Have Health Insurance... – Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm. 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.

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Take a Historic Walking Tour of Oak Lawn

                With roots dating back to the 19th Century, Oak Lawn is filled with historic structures and landmarks. Join Local History Coordinator Kevin Korst of the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, on Saturdays, May 14 & 21 from 10-11:30am and Sundays, May 15 & 22 from 2-3:30pm for a walking tour through the heart of Oak Lawn, focusing on some of the homes, schools, churches and businesses that neighbor the Library and Village Municipal Center. Participants will be walking on uneven sidewalks and crossing several busy intersections over a 1.6 mile route. Each tour will begin promptly from the Village Green located just north of the Library. Phone registration is underway (15 spots available for each date). For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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Read It and Eat Kick-Off Meeting

                May is Cookbook Challenge Month! Choose a cookbook from OLPL’s display, 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,” on Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm. We’ll pick a theme for the fall meeting, choose some more cookbooks and talk about our love of cooking.  For more information about this and other adult programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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New Electronic Items for Beyond Books Collection

                Preserve family memories and music with some new additions to the Beyond Books Collection at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Your cherished home VHS movies can be transferred to DVD formats and saved forever with the DVD/VCR Recorder. The vinyl Album to MP3 Turntable Converter changes records to MP3 recordings. VHS to DVD Roxio Cables are also available for converting video and music arrangements in Windows and Mac formats. For more information about, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org.

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Conversation Circle for New English Speakers

                The Oak Lawn Public Library’s Conversation Circle for New English Speakers is held Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am in the Teen Room. Beginning, intermediate and advanced English learners are all welcome; all conversation sessions are led by native English speakers. Please call Mary Williams at 708-422-4990 for more information.

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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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D123:

D123 Blake

The National PTA Reflections results were posted on May 1, 2016.  We would like to congratulate Blake Attig, a 7th grader at OLHMS, for earning the only Award of Excellence nationally in the Music Composition division.

Joan Scovic, IL PTA Cultural Arts Director, explains, "… Only 78 Awards of Excellence are given out across the entire country, and only 6 are given out to special artists. So except for one Outstanding Interpretation award, Blake Attig was given the next highest honor for his music entry, and only 6 special artists received that award from National PTA!”

This past school year, nearly 300,000 students in over 8,000 schools across the country contributed their original works to be considered for PTA's highest honor in the arts.  This past spring, a panel of experts reviewed more than 1,000 national round submissions.  Seven entries from Illinois were recognized, with our local IL PTA D34 having only one entry recognized at this level.  

At the National PTA level, 206 winners and 78 Awards of Excellence recipients were nationally recognized.  This summer, National PTA will recognize the collective accomplishments of the honorees during the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration on July 2, 2016 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Blake’s mother, Mrs. Jean Attig, expressed, “Blake has been truly inspired by Mr. John Kehl and Mrs. Beth Lyons. Without their inspiration and support, I firmly believe Blake would have never earned this recognition.  They have helped him explore a talent he never knew he had and for this, we are grateful.  Who would have thought that last year's summer band music composition activities would have led to Blake creating this song and so many more.”

Here is a link to all winners from across the country:  National PTA Reflections Winners

If you would like to listen to Blake's winning composition, click here.  Enjoy!

PHOTO ATTACHED:  Blake Attig, 7th grader from OLHMS, poses with Illinois PTA Cultural Arts Director, Joan Scovic.

 

St. Baldricks edited

If you were anywhere around Hannum Elementary School on Friday, March 18, you would have heard the excitement of shavees, the tapping of 45 dancers and the beautiful sounds of a majestic bagpiper. Even Staley Da' Bear, mascot for the Chicago Bears stopped by and enjoyed dancing, signing autographs, and practicing his barbering skills.

Eight barbers trimmed over 55 heads for charity at this year's Hannum Elementary St. Baldricks fundraiser. Friday's event totaled $27,000 which puts the four year grand total at over $100,000 raised by the Hannum learning community.

“I am amazed at our totals each year, because we are only a K-5 school, which means most students are relatively young to get up on stage and have their head shaved!” volunteer event organizer Susie Panice said.

“We do St. Baldrick's for a few reasons,” commented Panice. “Obviously, to fund research to save lives and give better outcomes for kids battling cancer. It teaches our students that they can make a positive change in the world. We may be small, but we are mighty. We are heroes for kids with cancer.”

Photographs courtesy of Amani Abassi

 

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