Library Notes from 11-20-14

The Oak Lawn Public Library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For more information, or to register for a program, call 422-4990, or visit

Ongoing: There is a free service for Oak Lawn residents experiencing difficulty visiting the Oak Lawn Public Library due to limited mobility, prolonged illness, low vision or recent surgery. This service is available to all Oak Lawn residents including those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Library materials available for delivery include print and large print books, paperbacks, audio books and CDs. Specific authors and/or titles may be requested, or the librarian can select materials based on your preferences. Patrons may also choose to have items pulled and picked up by a relative or caregiver. Materials delivered to a resident’s home are limited to those owned by the Oak Lawn Public Library. However, if someone is picking up materials, librarians can request items from other libraries. For more information about this free service, call Customer Services Department Head Jane Jenkins, or visit the website. 

Nov. 22: Registration begins for on chocolate candy making with delicious creations. Patrons can learn how to make professional looking chocolate candies under the instruction of Sue, a 30-year veteran of the cake and candy industry, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Participants will make popular treats such as turtles, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate nut clusters, chocolate raisin clusters and more, with step-by-step guidance. The cost is $5. The fee will be returned at the start of the program. There is a limit of 50 for this class.

Nov. 25: The Oak Lawn Public Library will present a free moving screening of “Jersey Boys” on at 2 and 6:30 p.m. The 2014 movie is about the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The film stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda. It is 134 minutes long and is rated R.

Nov. 26: Registration begins for Jingle Bell Rock at the Oak Lawn Public Library. The program will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 and includes singing storybooks, sing-alongs with jingle bells and an indoor snowball freeze game.

 Nov. 28 to Dec. 23: The Toys for Tots Campaign tries to bring holiday joy to those less fortunate. Patrons can drop off gifts for children up to age 12 in the Oak Lawn Public Library’s lobby. Donations will benefit Toys for Tots. Items should be unwrapped so that they may be sorted according to age and gender. No stuffed animals, please.

Nov. 28 and Nov. 29: Patrons are invited to help make the Oak Lawn Public Library’s holiday tree especially green this year by dropping in to make an ornament out of recycled material on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. or Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m. Participants can make one for the library’s tree and one for their tree. Families and all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. 

Dec. 4: Actor and professional speaker Terry Lynch will answer questions about the Legend of St. Nicholas at 7 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Audience members will learn the answer to such questions as: Where did the Christmas tree originate? Why do we give gifts? Why do we hang Christmas stockings?

December – Various Dates: High school students are invited to snack and study at the Oak Lawn Public Library during finals on these dates:
Tuesday, Dec. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m.,
Friday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.,
Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m., and
Monday, Dec. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m.
 Extra supplies and snacks will be available for participants.

 Ongoing: The Oak Lawn Public Library’s Local History Department is preparing its next exhibit, and they their patrons’ help. Scheduled to open in spring 2015, the new display will feature a history of sports in Oak Lawn. If patrons have any related materials they would like to loan or donate, such as those connected to schools, semi-professional or professional leagues, and athletic organizations, please call the Oak Lawn Pubic Library, or stop by the second-floor Local History Room. The library also is looking to collect personal stories from current or former residents who participated on teams or in sporting events. Whether participants played football or basketball in high school, were a member of the cheerleading squad, joined youth baseball, or made it all the way to a professional league, Local History wants to record and preserve your experiences for future generations.

Ongoing: Patrons are invited to 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. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Customer Services 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.