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Community Involvement

The Library partners with many Oak Lawn organizations and institutions to help provide resources and services to our patrons, including the Village, the park district, local schools, churches, senior centers, hospitals, shelters, food pantries and social service organizations. These important partnerships enrich our community by extending our outreach and services beyond books and materials. To learn more about our partnership members, please scroll down below the Summer Programs listings.

HEALTH PROGRAMS

Diabetes and the effect it has on your Kidneys with Advocate Aurora Health

Friday, Nov. 19, Noon-1pm

Join endocrinologist Dr. Jyothsna Palla and surgeon Dr. Mital Deepak to learn more about diabetes and its impact on kidneys. This in-person class will be held in Meeting Room B. Library Contact: Meghan Moran, Resource Sharing Librarian, mmoran@olpl.org, 708-422-4990 ext. 630

If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the class live via YouTube: https://youtu.be/yAk2FOPxPR8

Oak Lawn Community Partnership

OLPL is a community partner with all district schools, social services organizations, hospitals and senior centers. We stay connected through monthly meetings and help spread the word throughout the community about valuable community resources. The mission of the Oak Lawn Community Partnership is to work together to build a healthier, safer and stronger community through a cooperative alliance between all the vibrant leadership within Oak Lawn, and to stimulate all Oak Lawn citizens to take an active and responsible role in accomplishing our goals. The Oak Lawn Community Partnership meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 AM in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Village of Oak Lawn Municipal Center. For information email: olcp@oaklawn-il.gov. To access more member information, or view current flyers and programs click here.


Members

PATHLIGHTS
http://www.pathlights.org/
Since 1975, Pathlights (formerly PLOWS Council on Aging) has been helping guide adults 60 years of age and over, adults with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends along their best path to aging – providing resources, advocacy, programs and services needed to live with independence and dignity in the community. Serving the communities that comprise Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships, Pathlights helps more than 16,000 people each year.

BEDS Plus
https://beds-plus.org/
BEDS Plus helps vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Primary services include Prevention and Stabilization, Emergency Services, Supportive Housing and Wraparound Services.

Oak Lawn Senior Center
https://www.oaklawn-il.gov/departments/senior-center
The Oak Lawn Senior Center provides specialized programming and events for seniors in Oak Lawn. The center also provides a Senior/Handicapped Bus Service for local transportation to the center or to daily activities.

Pillars Community Health
https://pillarscommunityhealth.org/
Pillars Community Health is a nonprofit provider of health, educational and social services.

Oak Lawn Park District
www.olparks.com
Oak Lawn Park District’s mission is to promote a strong sense of community by providing leisure opportunities and the preservation of natural resources that enhances the quality of life and wellness for everyone. We offer year-round recreation and leisure services for all ages and abilities to enjoy – whether it is at our Centennial Aquatics Center, Central Pool, Community Pavilion, Ice Arena, Oak View Center, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets or one of our 22 parks. Visit www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2225 for more information.

Almost Home
http://www.almosthomechicago.org/
Almost Home is committed to helping single parents, victims of domestic violence, families and individuals experiencing true and significant financial hardship and the homeless. Programs include Community Blessings Boxes, Pending Meal Programs, Shelter Haircuts and the Traveling Store, Overdose Prevention Drug Outreach and Training, Lunches with Love, and Loaves and Fishes. Their service area encompasses Alsip, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn and Worth.

COURAGE
https://www.courageprogram.org/couragehome/index.html
COURAGE provides resources to assist women through pregnancies and single-parenting. The ultimate goal of COURAGE is to launch health families through education, mentoring and counseling.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/
The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food throughout Chicagoland through partner agencies and programs. Popular programs include children’s and school programs, older adult programs, job training and benefits outreach.

CREATIVE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Separating the Art from the Artist: A Conversation with Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis and Althea Legaspi of ‘Sound Opinions’ — and YOU

Friday, Oct. 29, 7-8:30pm
Saint Xavier University: McGuire Hall (Warde Academic Center)
Free parking in Lot 12 (off of 103rd St.)

Since the fall of 2017, the #MeToo movement has shined a bright and long overdue spotlight on sexual harassment and assault in many aspects of American culture, including Hollywood, media and politics. However, the music world has lagged behind. R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Ryan Adams, Marilyn Manson, and XXXTentacion have all been in the headlines recently for allegations tied to sexual and emotional abuse. And there is a long, troubling history of groupie culture stretching from Elvis to Led Zeppelin to the present. If we listen to their music and support their concerts, are we enabling them to continue inappropriate and destructive behavior?

Jim, Greg and Althea will examine this issue and ask an even bigger question. All of us, in the worlds of journalism, cultural programming and academia are free-speech absolutists. But what is our responsibility if we enjoy – or fail to speak out about – the troubling themes in an artist’s work? If we revel in Woody Allen’s films or Louis C.K.’s comedy, are we muting the women who have told harrowing tales about these men? As fans and critics, can we really separate the art from the artist? And, perhaps more importantly: Should we? We’ll start the discussion and quickly turn it over to a back-and-forth with you to hear your thoughts and questions, so please join us.

Supplemental reading by panel speaker Jim DeRogatis:

“Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly”
Reserve the book HERE