Oak Park Public Library to conclude One Book, One Oak Park with author celebration

Science journalist and best-selling author of “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything”, Joshua Foer will engage live with Oak Park at a special One Book, One Oak Park closing celebration Thursday, July 31, from 6 to 8 pm at the Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Through a live video chat, Foer will answer questions about his nonfiction title, and talk about his own experience exploring memory techniques while preparing for the 2006 U.S.A. Memory Championship, which he won.

The library officially launched One Book, One Oak Park in June to provide a free and easy way for its community to connect over one title. About halfway through the adult summer reading program, circulation statistics have shown Moonwalking with Einstein is outpacing all other nonfiction books checked out at the library by 10:1. “The fantastic circulation of our first One Book, One Oak Park title demonstrates that the people of Oak Park have welcomed the opportunity to read as a community,” explained Executive Director David Seleb, adding “We are pleased to lead and facilitate this experience, to provide new ways for Oak Park community members to share and connect.”

The nonfiction title was selected to complement the library’s science-themed summer reading programs for kids and teens. Two more library-led book discussions, open to everyone, are planned in July: At Dole Branch Library Friday, July 18 at noon, and Maze Branch Library Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 pm.

Since June, more than 100 custom Book Group Discussion Kits have been distributed throughout the community. Developed by Oak Park librarians, the kits feature Moonwalking discussion questions, author background, themed menu suggestions, and more, allowing readers to host their own discussions, on their own timeline. Kits are available at all three library buildings and at www.oppl.org/events/summer-reading/book-group-discussion-kit

Find more information about One Book, One Oak Park and Joshua Foer at http://oppl.org/summer-reading

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