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Discover Parks Forest’s Potpourri Lectures Series & More at the Library

Library Lectures at the Park Forest Public Library in October
Park Forest Public Library

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The “Potpourri of Lectures” series returns to the Park Forest Public Library in October, covering a new topic each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The Library lectures will be in the Ringering Room. You do not need to register for these.

Potpourri of Lectures

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The four October sessions include the following:

  • October 5: “Inez de Castro” by Dr. Alani Hicks-Bartlett from Brown University
  • October 12: “The Wild West” with Art Burton
  • October 19: “Early Park Forest as it Enters its 75th Year” with Jane Nicoll, Archivist/Museum Director of the Park Forest Historical Society
  • October 26: UUCC Green Sanctuary: “IPPCAR6 Latest Climate Report” with Jeff Green

Besides Library Lectures, Events for movie fans

Two movie-related events occur in October.

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John LeGear returns to the Park Forest Library with more movie music on October 11. (PFPL Image)

“Movie Music II with John LeGear,” will be on October 11 at 4 p.m. The presentation shows film clips from the 1950s to the present day featuring some of the greatest entertainers in movie history. Registration is essential for attendance and is now open.

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Get ready for Halloween at the Monster Marathon Monday. (PFPL Image)

To get patrons in the mood for Halloween, a Monster Marathon Monday will be on October 26 from 2 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Stop in to see classic horror films like “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “Dracula,” and “Frankenstein.” Registration is a must and is now open.

Two virtual presentations in October: Virtual Library Lectures

There will be two Zoom virtual events in October as part of the Illinois Libraries Present series.

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Stephen Graham Jones talks about writing horror stories on October 4. (Photo Illinois Libraries Present)

Chills & Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones

The first, on Wednesday, October 4, at 7 p.m., is “Chills & Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones.” The New York Times, best-selling author of “The Only Good Indians” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” discusses scary stories and horror literature. Registration is a must and is open now. Registered participants will receive a link for the discussion.

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Children’s author and illustrator Grace Lin will present virtually on October 17. (Photo Illinois Libraries Present)

“Food Family & Folktales” with Grace Lin

The second virtual presentation is “Food Family & Folktales” with Grace Lin on Tuesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. Patrons can hear the award-winning children’s author and illustrator discuss her work, which often features stories about cultural and racial identity. Registration is essential and is open now.

Two children’s programs offered besides Library Lectures

The Little Mermaid

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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will be shown at the library on October 3. (Image PFPL)

On October 3 at 4 p.m., the library shows the “The Little Mermaid.” Suitable for all ages, this live-action version of the original 1989 Disney animated film stars Halle Bailey as mermaid Ariel. Registration is a must and opens on September 15.


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The art of origami will be in the KidsZone on three Tuesdays during October. (Image PFPL)

The library’s KidsZone presents “Origami Corner with Mr. Elijah” at 5 p.m. on three Tuesdays in October: 10, 17, and 24.  Participants create works of art using the Japanese technique of paper folding. Registration is essential and opens on October 1.

Continuing events

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Tai Chi for older people will be offered at the Park Forest Library on Tuesdays. (PFPL Image)

Brian Thompson’s “Nature’s Gentle Tai Chi Gong” continues each Tuesday in October at 9 a.m. His sessions lead participants in breathing, relaxation, self-calming, and gentle movements with mental and physical health benefits. Registration opens a week before each session.

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The Park Forest Library is offering a Memory Café for Alzheimer and other dementia patients and their families and caregivers. (PFPL)

On Tuesday, October 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the library hosts a gathering for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their families and caregivers. Participants can relax and socialize while enjoying presentations, activities, and refreshments. The event is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is required and opens at 9 a.m. on September 12. AgeOptions funds the program.

Library hours and information

Additional details and registration links for all October events appear on the library’s monthly water bill insert (shown below) or at Find information on the remaining September events here.

The library is located at 400 Lakewood Boulevard and is open for all services from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

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