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Remembering MLK


Third- and fourth-graders at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy presented a timeline of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at an assembly last month. Students also participated in a prayer service and recited parts of King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Seen here are Zarianna Oakely (front row, from left), William Sullivan, Elijah Amoh, Richard Jacobson and Romeo Hughes; David Alexander (middle, from left), Ifechukumere Okolo, Trinit Caples, Myal Hill, Reginald Sykes III, Chioma Okolo and Caleb Jennings; and Dameon Hall (top, from left), Connor McKoewn, Austin Mayer, Adam Viravec and Joshua Rickette.

SXU's Theology South will discuss homelessness

Benedictine Sisters of Chicago Prioress Patricia Crowley, O.S.B., will discuss the issue of homelessness on Thursday, March 7 at the next lecture in Saint Xavier University's Theology South series.

The program will take place in the Butler Reception Room, in the Warde Academic Center at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The lecture, titled "We All Need a Home … A Perspective on Homelessness in Our Times?," begins with coffee at 9 a.m., and the lecture and question-and-answer session are scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public and costs $6.

Crowley became a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago in 1958. From 1991 to 2004, she served as executive director of Deborah's Place, a not-for-profit organization that provides shelter, supportive housing, and services to homeless women in Chicago. Under her leadership, Deborah's Place became the largest provider of housing and shelter for women in Chicago.

What's Going On

What you should know about colon cancer

Dr. Hareth Raddawi of Advocate Christ Medical Center will present "Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Raddawi will discuss colon cancer risk factors, prevention strategies and innovative treatment options. The presentation will also include information about genetics and family history in colon cancer and diet for colon cancer prevention. For more information call 422-4990 or visit oaklawnlibrary.org.

Fish Fry at Post 991

The Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, 110th Street and Depot Avenue in Worth, will hold fish fries from 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday through March 29. Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for youths 9 years and younger. Tickets are available at the Post. Diners have choice of cod, catfish, shrimp or chicken. All dinners include soup, salad, bread, fries or potato, and beverages.

CUB in Worth

The Citizens Utility Board will analyze electric, natural gas and phone bills at a free clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Worth Village Hall, 7112 W. 111th St. Consumers should bring their bills for a free, one-on-one consultation with a CUB expert. The clinic is co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cunningham and state Rep. Fran Hurley. To register call Amy Mikuzis at (773) 445-8128.

Consumers will be provided information on municipal aggregation, CUB Energy Saver, how to spot unnecessary charges on electric, natural gas and phone bills, Consumer's Choice local-calling plans, Illinois' best long-distance plans and how to get a $10 credit, and CUB's Cellphone Savings Center.

Sugar Squares to dance spring away in Ev'green

The Swing'n Sugar Squares Club will hold events from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Central Junior High School, 95th Street and Spaulding Avenue in Evergreen Park; Thursday, April 11 (Share a Pie Night) at Central Junior High; Thursday, April 25 (April Shower, May Flowers) at the Evergreen Park Community Center, 3450 W. 97th Place; and Thursday, May 9 (Sundays on Thursday) at the Community Center.

The Sugar Squares will hold its Spring Ticket Dinner Dance on Thursday, May 23 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 10000 Central Ave. Tickets are $15. For more information call Terry at (773) 351-1948 or Hank at (773) 238-5496 or visit swin ginsugarsquares.com.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

The Friends of the Chicago Ridge Public Library will present Dinner and a Movie featuring "The Quiet Man" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. There will be corned beef sandwiches, and Chicago Ridge resident and bagpiper Bruce Quintos will perform. Movie will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $10. Registration and payment required by Friday, March 1.

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Microsoft Word 2007 Part I will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5. Learn how to create a basic document. Computer mouse skills are required to attend. Register at the library and pay $5 fee.

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Microsoft Word 2007 Part II will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Learn how to format a document and work with graphics. Word I or document creation experience required to attend. Stop by the library to register and pay $5 fee.

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The library will present author and Chicago Ridge resident Rod Czlonka at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18. Czlonka survived brain cancer after choosing against accepting doctors' diagnosis and conventional treatments. He will share his story and discuss how environment affects health. Rod's book will be sold for $20.

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The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

After School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).

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The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

Green Hills

The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit http://ghpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com. For more information call 598-8446.

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The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.

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The library offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service that provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. The catalog offers hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres of music.

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The library's Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit mediaondemand.org.

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The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.

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The library offers TumbleBooks!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit greenhills.lib.il.us or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.

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The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

The library will hold "Kids & Families Rock," a free family program for children of all ages, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Oak Lawn natives ScribbleJim and ScribbleJane of ScribbleMonster will present a play-along rock concert. ScribbleMonster's performance encourages audience participation and opportunities for creative expression. No advance registration required.

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The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library will hold a "Chicago's Historic Hotels & Tea at The Drake" bus trip Thursday, April 18. In-person registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9 in the library lobby. The trip will visit Chicago's historic hotels including the Chicago Hilton & Towers, the Blackstone Hotel and the Palmer House. Tea will be held in The Drake Hotel's Palm Court. Eat finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, sweet breads and French pastries. The afternoon wraps up with a tour of the Gold Coast historic district. Trip departs at 10:15 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m. Cost is $77 for Friends, $82 for others. Members must present a membership card or receipt to receive the $5 discount. Two-ticket limit. Trip is not wheelchair accessible.

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Landscape Historian Barbara Geiger presents "The Making of Downton Abbey: Setting the Scene" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Geiger will show a slide lecture about landscape designers, land ownership patterns and inheritance laws, and why changes were inevitable.

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The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.

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The library offers "Temporary Online Patron Registration." Fill out a registration form at oak lawnlibrary.org/librarycards2.shtml, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.

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The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.

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Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.

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"Images of America: Oak Lawn" by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn's history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library's Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library's second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.

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The library offers "Accessible Archives," an electronic resource available at oaklawnlibrary.org. Click on the "Research" tab and select the icon for "Accessible Archives." The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey's "Lady's Book" - a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives.

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The Freegal music service is available on the library's website, oaklawnlibrary.org. Patrons may download up to three songs a week from the Sony catalog with their library card. Freegal includes millions of songs and requires no software to install. Files that can be played on any device including iPods. For more information visit oaklawnlibrary.org.

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The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.

Worth

The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at worthlibrary.com.

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The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at worthlibrary.com (login and password is available at the library).