All of Oak Park was invited to join Executive Director David Seleb to participate in four open community conversations as the library launched 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 lerned about community needs and aspirations, gaining public knowledge to take action. While each conversation did not directly lead to a new library policy or service, the library continues to share what its learning with everyone, especially with those who participate.

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