Branching Out

From Small Beginnings, Great Happenings

Acorn Public Library District

15624 Central Ave., Oak Forest, IL  60452


Friday May 30, 2014



All Acorn Library programs are free and most need advanced registration.  Call (708)687-3700 for more information.

Pets Caught Reading Photography Contest

June 7 - August 2
To coincide with our summer reading program, the Library is hosting a pet photography contest.  Submit a photo of your pet using your camera or phone to win a prize!  Bonus points will be awarded if you catch your pet “reading” or dressing them up as their favorite literary character!  Winners will be chosen by August 9, the winner will receive a $20 gift card to PetSmart.

Monday Movie Matinee
Monday, June 2 at 2 PM
“That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” June’s free movie matinee stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers, author of the famous Mary Poppins book series.   
Chiro One Wellness Center’ Stress Workshop
Thursday, June 5 @ 7 PM. 
Learn how to manage your stress.

Financial Management Seminar
Thursday, June 12 @ 6 PM. 
Learn the six steps to financial success.

Local Authors Present:  Everything you Wanted to Know about Writing but were Afraid to Ask! 
Saturday, June 21 @ 2 PM. 
Great information on writing, Publishing, and marketing a book.

First Time Home buyer Workshop
Tuesday, June 24 @ 7 PM.
Learn how to own your own home!

Turning 65:  Understanding Medicare Parts A & B and Supplement Plans 
Thursday, June 26 @ 10:30 AM


2014 Summer Reading Program - “Paws to Read”
Children’s Program—Ages Birth—10
Young Adult Program—Ages 11-17

Registration for the reading portion of the program starts June 7, and you may register at any time throughout the program, ending August 2.  By reaching reading goals, children will earn  prizes and strengthen literacy skills over the summer.  Teens will earn raffle tickets for great prizes including a variety of gift certificates!
“See a Juggler, Be a Juggler”
Summer Reading Kick-Off Event

Saturday, June 7 at 11 AM - ALL AGES
Register at the Youth Services Desk starting May 24.  Join us for this 100% interactive and exciting family show  presented by children’s entertainer, Jason Kollum! 

Young Adult Photography Contest: 
This years theme:  Animals.  Take a picture of your pet, a friend’s pet, or even an animal in nature.  All entries must be submitted by Saturday August 2 at   Photos can be viewed at:

Kids Crafts:  Ages 6 and Up
Tuesday,  June 10 at 11 AM,
Come to the library to get creative!   

John Green Party
Tuesday, June 10 at 7 PM - Ages 11-17.  Come celebrate the books of John Green .  Trivia games, scavenger hunts, snacks and games.
Young Adult Crafts:  Ages 11 and Up
Thursday, June 12 and July 10 at 2:30 PM.  Come to the library to get creative!
Young Adult Book Discussion Group  

Friday, June 13 at 3:30 PM.   Ages 11 and Up.   Join our book discussion group.  Members pick what we’ll read. Snacks served, copies of the book are at the YS Desk
Read to a Therapy Dog

Wednesday, June 18,  4 PM.
Ages 7 and up.  Our regular therapy pups will be here to read to.

Teen Advisory Group- TAG

Thursday, June 19 at 7 PM.  Ages 11 and Up.

Book Buddies
Friday, June 20  - Ages 3-5.  Team up with a teen volunteer for reading fun!
Session 1:  2:30-2:50 PM            Session 2:  3:00-3:20 PM
Blocks, Bean Bags and Balls
Saturday, June 21 at 10 AM.  Ages 3 and Under w/ a Caregiver.  Joins our open play group for babies and toddlers! 
Family Tie-Dying
Saturday, June 21 at 2:30-4 PM.  All Ages.  Bring a clean, white t-shirt to dye! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Barking Book Club
Mon., June 23 - 2:30 PM   Ages 8 - 10   
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
We’ll meet to discuss pooch-centered reads with Sadie, the service dog!

Minute to Win It

Wednesday, June 25 at 4 PM.  Ages 11-17.  Teens compete - who can complete a task in 60 seconds?
All About Service Dogs

Friday, June 27 at 2:30 PM. Ages 7 and up. Learn about service dogs and the jobs they do. 
3,2,1, Blast Off Program

Saturday, June 28 at 2:30 PM.   Ages 5-10.  There are so many ways to blow things up!  Dress for a mess.  Presented by ME4E.
Babysitting Class

Monday, June 30 at 1:30-4 PM. Ages 11 and Up. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion.

 The Acorn Public Library District reserves the right to photograph or videotape participants in its programs. These photos and videos are for Library use and may be used in Library publicity materials. Patrons who do not wish to appear in photographs or videos should notify Library staff.   The Acorn Public Library District is subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any individual who plans to attend any program at the Library and who requires a special accommodation, or anyone who has questions regarding accessibility to the Library, is requested to phone the Library at 708-687-3700.

There is a $5.00
non-refundable fee for computer classes.  
Advanced Registration
is required.

Introduction to Word
Wednesday, June 11 @ 6:00 PM
Introduction to Microsoft Word and how to use word processors.  Patrons should be comfortable using a keyboard and mouse. The following concepts will be covered:


Introduction to Powerpoint
Thursday, June 26 @ 7:00 PM

Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint.  Patrons should be comfortable using a keyboard and mouse before taking this class.
Introduction to Excel 
Saturday, June 28 @ 10:30 AM
Introduction to Microsoft Excel and how to use spreadsheets.  Patron should be comfortable with using a keyboard and mouse, as well as inputting data.  The following concepts will be covered in Excel:
-Data Input.
-Formulas and spreadsheet formats.

Friends Used Book Sale 

The sale continues to take place on both levels of the library.  Stop by the bookstore on the upper level to check out the great deals on books and
other materials.

Thank you for supporting the Acorn Library!


MUSE-Meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7 PM.  Interested in writing a book?  This is your group.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP- Our "Tuesday Night Bookies" meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.  For more details and to reserve a book for this group, contact the Circulation Desk.
QUILT GROUP - Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 PM.  Bring your project and swap great ideas for quilting. 
MORAINE VALLEY ADULTS TEACHING ADULTS - Meets every Wednesday at 6 PM  For more information, stop in the Library on Wednesday nights. 
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP"Barcodes" meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 at Oliver's Bar and Grill. 
ARTISTS' NIGHT OUT - Meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 PM. If you like to draw, color, or paint, this is for you.  You can come to participate or just observe.  Beginners can shave years off their learning curve receiving tips on supplies, techniques or lessons.
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