Open to the public, meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Read full board bylaws, which outline responsibilities and membership.

On May 23, four library trustees were sworn in for four-year terms: incumbent and now President Matt Fruth, and new trustees Secretary Sarah Glavin, Financial Officer Christian Harris, and Trustee Mary Anne Mohanraj.

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About your Board of Library Trustees

Matthew Fruth
Board President, term ends 2021
708.606.4164  |
Learn more about Matt >



Theodore N. Foss
Board Vice President, term ends 2019
708.386.4707  |

Foss is a 20-year resident of Oak Park. He has been an administrator and Chinese historian at the University of Chicago, Stanford, and University of San Francisco. Foss also has served on a number of national and local boards, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. In his spare time Foss is an avid music advocate and gardener. Learn more about Ted >

Janet Kelenson, term ends 2019
708.848.5524  |

Kelenson has lived in Oak Park for almost 30 years and is a semi-retired attorney. She is a former Board president of the Metropolitan Library System, which served libraries in the western and southern Chicago suburbs. The Illinois Library Association selected Kelenson to receive its Trustee Citation Award in 2005. Learn more about Janet >

Carmenza Millan, term ends 2019
312.282.7774  |

Millan has lived in Oak Park since 1996. She is the Associate State Director of Advocacy & Outreach for AARP Illinois. She sits on the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. Millan also serves on the national advisory board of the Latino Center on Aging. Learn more about Carmenza >


What do your elected trustees do?

From the bylaws: the Board of Trustees of the Oak Park Public Library is responsible for governance and overseeing the provision of library service to meet the needs of the Oak Park community. To this end, the board shall:

  1. Determine library policies.
  2. Employ a capable library administrator.
  3. Secure adequate funds for library operations.
  4. Approve expenditure of library funds.
  5. Provide and maintain adequate facilities.
  6. Insure a representative selection of library materials.
  7. Promote use of the library within the community.
  8. Perform other duties as outlined in Illinois Compiled Statutes.