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Let's talk about it!

Let’s talk about it! You are invited to join Oak Park Public Library Executive Director David Seleb as the library launches a new initiative aimed at inspiring the Oak Park community to share, to listen, to learn, and to create energy around directing change.

Through open dialogue, guided by specific questions, the library wants to learn about your needs and aspirations, and gain all the public knowledge we can to take action. While each conversation may not directly lead to a new library policy or service, we promise to share what we learn with everyone, especially with those who participate.

Upcoming conversations are planned for:

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Dole Branch Library
7-8:30 pm

Saturday, March 8
Maze Branch Library
10-11:30 am

Why take part in a library Community Conversation?

“A community conversation provides a public forum for people to come together,” said Seleb. “It’s an opportunity to make a difference.”

Join a conversation to:

  • Talk about your aspirations and desires for your community
  • Help us learn what the community needs and wants to move forward
  • Give us the knowledge we need to take action

The focus: learning about community aspirations

In 2007, the library hosted a series of public meetings as part of its strategic planning process.

Seleb said these conversations will be a little different. “Built around the common theme of community aspirations and gaining public knowledge, our agendas will not be overly prescribed. Instead, we will ask specific questions to encourage participants to share, to listen, and to learn from each other,” he added.

The library plans to host a series of conversations throughout 2014. Open to everyone, each conversation is expected to last about 90 minutes. For the best experience, participation will be capped at 50 people at Main Library and 30 people at the branches.