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VIRTUAL: Midday Meditation

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
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Seats Remaining: Unlimited

Midday Meditation

You've likely heard people talk about the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible.

About the instructor
Teacher Betsy Grimm is a yoga and meditation instructor who is drawn to practices to help manage mood, anxiety, and depression.

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Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Civic Learning" group.

VIRTUAL: Law at the Library: Changes in Tax Law

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Civic Learning
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Know before you file! Each Law at the Library program features a presentation on Zoom by an experienced attorney, followed by a brief question and answer session. This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago ...

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Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
This event is in the "Health & Wellness" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Join Kristyn Slick of Classroom Kitchen in an interactive virtual cooking series focusing on ingredients commonly utilized during the fall and early winter.  Appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, canapes, finger food? Regardless of what you c...

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Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.

VIRTUAL: Birth of a New Perennial Garden

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture
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Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Join us virtually for a personal introduction to the design principles of Piet Oudolf, one of the leading naturalistic landscape and garden designers in the world and designer of Chicago's Lurie Garden. The talk is part memoir, part history, and part...

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Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL: Opera Gala Performance

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Library
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Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Veterans Room
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 106
Event Details:
Join us for a lively evening opera gala. This event will feature famous well-known opera music, from solos, duos, trios, and scenes. Music includes Verdi, Bizet, Bernstein, Puccini, and Donizetti. ...

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Masks Encouraged

Masks for everyone age 2+ are encouraged while attending this program.

Virtual & In-Person Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with information about attending in person and a specific link to join the event virtually.

Please indicate whether you plan to attend the event in person or virtually when you register. By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Authors & Books" group.

Book Discussion: "Beyond the Gender Binary"

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Library
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Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Lobby Community Space
Program Type: Authors & Books
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 33
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon. Copies will be available for check out at the Main Library. Can't join us in person? Explore our on-demand virtual book discussion guide at your own pace » ...
This event is in the "Kids & Families" group.
This event is in the "Storytimes" group.

VIRTUAL: Cozy Pajama Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool
Program Type: Kids & Families, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Join us via Zoom for a fun and cozy storytime! Wear your favorite pajamas and bring your favorite cuddly stuffie for some stories and songs. Best for kids up through age 6. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Health & Wellness" group.

VIRTUAL: Chair Yoga

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited

Chair Yoga

Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one.

What to know before you join

  • Chair yoga and meditation are accessible and open for all
  • Dress comfortably
  • Find a location where you can focus and dedicate 30 minutes to you
  • You are not required to keep your camera on
  • Prepare to take time to match your movement and motion and have a little fun
  • Have a chair that can be stationary

About the instructor
Instructor DuShaun Branch is focused on bringing yoga to as many BIPOC and plus-sized communities as possible. She believes people not only need rest and relaxation, but resistance. Yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “nontraditional” settings all over the city. She intends on taking down as many barriers as possible to bring yoga to those who are looking for calm and relaxed minds. DuShaun truly believes yoga is for all, and shares that throughout Chicago and beyond.

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

Physical Activity

By joining this class, you declare that you are physically fit and ready to participate and understand any physical activity may involve some risk of injury. You may rest at any time during the class. It is your responsibility to consult with your physician with respect to any past or present injury, illness, health problem, or any other condition or medication that may affect your participation.

The participant assumes all risks of injury and illness that may result from such participation. The participant agrees to waive and release the Oak Park Public Library, its officers, employees, trustees, and agents and shall hold such persons/entity harmless from any and all liability for any claim, suit, or other cause of action which might arise from injuries, illness, damages, or loss which may occur on account of participation in such activities.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
This event is in the "Authors & Books" group.
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Authors & Books
Event Details:
Join Shauna Sever, cookbook author, TV and radio contributor, and daughter of the great Midwest, for this special Illinois Libraries Present holiday season event. Shauna will share her love of food, baking, and some tips to make your holiday gatherin...

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Illinois Libraries Present Virtual Program

After you register (using the registration link above), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among 200+ public libraries—including Oak Park Public Library—offering high-quality events for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
This event is in the "Authors & Books" group.

VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
Register now
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: High School, Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Authors & Books
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited

Writers' Word Feast

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!

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Health & Wellness" group.

VIRTUAL: Chair Yoga

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Register now
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited

Chair Yoga

Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one.

What to know before you join

  • Chair yoga and meditation are accessible and open for all
  • Dress comfortably
  • Find a location where you can focus and dedicate 30 minutes to you
  • You are not required to keep your camera on
  • Prepare to take time to match your movement and motion and have a little fun
  • Have a chair that can be stationary

About the instructor
Instructor DuShaun Branch is focused on bringing yoga to as many BIPOC and plus-sized communities as possible. She believes people not only need rest and relaxation, but resistance. Yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “nontraditional” settings all over the city. She intends on taking down as many barriers as possible to bring yoga to those who are looking for calm and relaxed minds. DuShaun truly believes yoga is for all, and shares that throughout Chicago and beyond.

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

Physical Activity

By joining this class, you declare that you are physically fit and ready to participate and understand any physical activity may involve some risk of injury. You may rest at any time during the class. It is your responsibility to consult with your physician with respect to any past or present injury, illness, health problem, or any other condition or medication that may affect your participation.

The participant assumes all risks of injury and illness that may result from such participation. The participant agrees to waive and release the Oak Park Public Library, its officers, employees, trustees, and agents and shall hold such persons/entity harmless from any and all liability for any claim, suit, or other cause of action which might arise from injuries, illness, damages, or loss which may occur on account of participation in such activities.

This event is in the "Health & Wellness" group.

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL: Memory Cafe

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Offsite
Library Branch: Offsite
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness

Memory Cafe

Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect through conversation and enjoyable activities, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library.

Event Details:
This event will be held both virtually via Zoom and in-person, at the Oak Park Township Senior Services office, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Please register for this event with the Oak Park Senior Services office by calling 708.725.91...

Disclaimer(s)

Masks Encouraged

Masks for everyone age 2+ are encouraged while attending this program.

This event is in the "Health & Wellness" group.

VIRTUAL: Chair Yoga

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness

Chair Yoga

Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one.

What to know before you join

  • Chair yoga and meditation are accessible and open for all
  • Dress comfortably
  • Find a location where you can focus and dedicate 30 minutes to you
  • You are not required to keep your camera on
  • Prepare to take time to match your movement and motion and have a little fun
  • Have a chair that can be stationary

About the instructor
Instructor DuShaun Branch is focused on bringing yoga to as many BIPOC and plus-sized communities as possible. She believes people not only need rest and relaxation, but resistance. Yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “nontraditional” settings all over the city. She intends on taking down as many barriers as possible to bring yoga to those who are looking for calm and relaxed minds. DuShaun truly believes yoga is for all, and shares that throughout Chicago and beyond.

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

Physical Activity

By joining this class, you declare that you are physically fit and ready to participate and understand any physical activity may involve some risk of injury. You may rest at any time during the class. It is your responsibility to consult with your physician with respect to any past or present injury, illness, health problem, or any other condition or medication that may affect your participation.

The participant assumes all risks of injury and illness that may result from such participation. The participant agrees to waive and release the Oak Park Public Library, its officers, employees, trustees, and agents and shall hold such persons/entity harmless from any and all liability for any claim, suit, or other cause of action which might arise from injuries, illness, damages, or loss which may occur on account of participation in such activities.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.

VIRTUAL: Adult Improv

7:00pm - 8:15pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited

Adult Improv

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.

Adult Improv is held both in person at the Maze Branch Library and virtually every month; see all upcoming Adult Improv events »

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Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Kids & Families" group.
This event is in the "Storytimes" group.

VIRTUAL: Cozy Pajama Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Register now
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool
Program Type: Kids & Families, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Join us via Zoom for a fun and cozy storytime! Wear your favorite pajamas and bring your favorite cuddly stuffie for some stories and songs. Best for kids up through age 6. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
This event is in the "Authors & Books" group.
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Authors & Books
Event Details:
Kick off your new year with a conversation about joy with best-selling essayist and award-winning poet Ross Gay. This discussion of his most recent collection of essays, Inciting Joy, will explore the joy we incite when we turn our attention to what ...

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Illinois Libraries Present Virtual Program

After you register (using the registration link above), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among 200+ public libraries—including Oak Park Public Library—offering high-quality events for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.

This event is in the "Digital Learning" group.

Tech Help Drop-In: Digital Newspapers

10:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Creative Studio
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Digital Learning
Event Details:
Wondering how to use library resources to access newspapers and magazines digitally? Join us for a special Tech Help Drop-In session. Our digital learning staff will help you answer your questions and address your concerns about accessing digita...

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Masks Required

Masks for everyone age 2+ are required while attending this program.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
This event is in the "Authors & Books" group.

VIRTUAL: Writers' Word Feast

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
Register now
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: High School, Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Authors & Books
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited

Writers' Word Feast

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!

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Kids & Families" group.
This event is in the "Storytimes" group.

VIRTUAL: Cozy Pajama Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Register now
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool
Program Type: Kids & Families, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Join us via Zoom for a fun and cozy storytime! Wear your favorite pajamas and bring your favorite cuddly stuffie for some stories and songs. Best for kids up through age 6. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Health & Wellness" group.

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL: Memory Cafe

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Offsite
Library Branch: Offsite
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness

Memory Cafe

Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect through conversation and enjoyable activities, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library.

Event Details:
This event will be held both virtually via Zoom and in-person, at the Oak Park Township Senior Services office, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Please register for this event with the Oak Park Senior Services office by calling 708.725.91...

Disclaimer(s)

Masks Encouraged

Masks for everyone age 2+ are encouraged while attending this program.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.

VIRTUAL: The History of Carole King

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
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Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Carole was writing pop hits in her teens. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up On The Roof,” “The Loco-Motion,” “One Fine Day.”  This alone would be the basis of a standout career.  Yet, Carole achieves even greater success in 1971 with t...

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Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Learn how American art museums - through timing, luck, and lots of money - became an international leader of the world's best art collections. Uncover how museums grew to become America's cultural guardians. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.

This event is in the "Civic Learning" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Civic Learning
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Learn about your rights if you are a victim of identity theft or consumer fraud, as well as how to read and understand your credit report and raise your credit score. Each Law at the Library program features a presentation on Zoom by an experien...
This event is in the "Arts & Culture" group.
This event is in the "Multicultural" group.

VIRTUAL: French Conversation Hour

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
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Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Room: Virtual Program
Age Group: Adults, Older Adults
Program Type: Arts & Culture, Multicultural
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18

French Conversation Hour

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.

Disclaimer(s)

Virtual Program

After you register (below), you will receive an email with a specific Zoom link to join the event.

By registering, you agree to library policy and understand that no conduct is permitted that may reasonably be expected to create a disturbance or otherwise interfere with the safe use and enjoyment of the library and program by others. All times are listed in Central time.