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2019 year in review

To build community, we turn outward. Turning outward is an approach we take to engage with our community every day and throughout the year. It means we listen to and learn about our community with intention and reflection. And we choose to ground library work in what you tell us you want and need. Read on for more about how this approach helped us to build community in 2019 and to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations.

Engagement

connecting people & community

“I now have a new network of people I consider allies and friends who are supporting the work we’re doing in the community.” —Organizer and participant in October’s Restorative Community Practices Conference

With shared values of civic responsibility, collaboration, compassion, gathering, and participation, we focus on inclusive engagement and service to diverse community groups. We facilitate connections among diverse audiences, and we lead the community in impactful civic engagement.

Click the buttons below to learn more about progress made connecting people and community in 2019.

Learning

educating global citizens

“I want to make sure I treat middle schoolers and young adults with the utmost respect. Anything you say or do can have such an impact.” —Children’s Librarian Beronica Puhr, who develops creative programming for students in grades 6-12

With shared values of knowledge, access, literacy, reading, education, opportunity, and intellectual freedom, we build capacity for literacy and education. We prepare people for continuously changing technology, and we improve patrons’ lives through opportunities to create and to learn new skills.

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STEWARDSHIP

Sustaining, sharing & respecting community Resources

Public libraries empower us all. In September, nearly 300 of our library users took home a lawn sign to help spread the word about the public good that libraries provide. And as one cardholder told us, “I love having access to the wonderful world that my library card offers.”

Through accountability, preservation, sustainability, and transparencywe invite everyone into library spaces that are welcoming, safe, and inspiring. We provide broad, effective, and equitable access to resources, and we support all library staff to achieve happiness, well-being, and success.

Click the buttons below to learn more about progress made sustaining, sharing, and respecting community resources in 2019.

Thank You, 2019 Donors

When you give to a library endowment fund, you choose to share a gift that nurtures ideas, spreads knowledge in and around Oak Park, and supports civic engagement. You support freedoms to read, to learn, and to individual privacy. Learn more about library endowment funds »

  • Bernard & Cecilia Sinkevitch Fund: Linda and Michael Schiffer
  • Fallon Family Library Fund: Hunter Arnett, Jesse Arnett, Sunday Grace
  • Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Fund: Bruce B. Chien, M.D., Lisbeth Fotheringill, Susan A. Levine, Martha Loesch, Antonio Martinez Jr., Network for Good, Alexandra Owens, Michael Owens, Tazewell Rowe, Susie Smith

THANK YOU, 2019 FRIENDS

We are grateful to the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, who, as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, raise funds for the library and make community connections. Learn more about the Friends »

  • Scoville Circle: Anonymous
  • Sustaining: Nancy Clark
  • Benefactor: Richard J. Banik, Paul Buchbinder, Jean L. Edwards, Jim Gibson, Paul & Pat Koko, Barbara Mayes, Nancy & Lee Pennington, David J. Seleb, David & Sandra Sokol, James Strait, Diane Trimble
  • Donor: Robyn D’Alba, Kathleen Roberts, Gordon Waldron
  • Patron: Beverly Applebaum, Ken Artrip, Eugene & Carolyn Berkes, Matt Brillman, Beth Brown, Jane Bularzik, Denise Canterbury, James Chamberlain, Mary Noel Chavez, Arnette T. Cornell Sr., Terri Crum, Mary Gibbons, Eric Glass, Russell Glidden, Ashley Gulder, Liz Gulder, Bob Hall, Tom Heller, Kathy Ivsin, Sarah A. Jolie, Michael Kalnins, Aaron Lipplt, Armand Locqulao, R. Lombardi, Kenneth Luurs, Jim Madigan, Adam McDonell, Adam Mednick, Melissa Namba, Michelle Panicola, Pete Piecha, Ken Putz, Dan Rosser, Karen Schneider, Andra Schroeder, Robert T. Setlik, Alan Solid, Willy Stastny, Kurt Steiner, Mark Teachworth, Nadine Thompson, Mary ‘Rogue’ Weiland, Stan Wilson, Lin Wilson
In late 2019, 1,000 responses were collected for the library’s first Community Needs Assessment Survey. Read the full results »
In late 2019, 1,000 responses were collected for the library’s first Community Needs Assessment Survey. Read the full results »

Our vision is to empower every voice in our community.

Our mission is to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations.

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