Oak Park voters elect library board trustees for four-year terms. In the April 4 municipal election, there are 10 candidates running for four open trustee seats. Learn more at a March 7 candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest.
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.
Get in touch anytime with all board members by sending an email to email@example.com.
About your Board of Library Trustees
President of the Board, term ends 2017
708.860.1380 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of the Board, term ends 2017
301.275.4673 | email@example.com
Fox and her husband moved in 2007 from Washington, DC, to Oak Park to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Fox began her librarian career at a large Washington, DC-area law firm, then moved into elementary school libraries, where she was involved in developing best practices for computers and Internet use in both schools and libraries.
Finance Officer of the Board, term ends 2017
708.606.4164 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary of the Board, term ends 2019
708.848.5524 | email@example.com
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.
Theodore N. Foss, term ends 2019
708.386.4707 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Carmenza Millan, term ends 2019
312.282.7774 | email@example.com
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.
Bruce Samuels, term ends 2017
708.383.7711 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Determine library policies.
- Employ a capable library administrator.
- Secure adequate funds for library operations.
- Approve expenditure of library funds.
- Provide and maintain adequate facilities.
- Insure a representative selection of library materials.
- Promote use of the library within the community.
- Perform other duties as outlined in Illinois Compiled Statutes.