Family learning and social change

A crisp January morning resulted in a warm community response during two Dole Branch events focusing on family learning and supporting the Oak Park Art League’s Art for Social Change: Sanctuary exhibit

About 20 families joined for Everyone is Welcome storytime and a sanctuary city postcard-making session. 

The goal for both programs was to “include more of a youth voice around this important issue,” said Neighborhood Services Librarian Sarah Yale. 

“It was moving to watch the families sing and dance along to ‘Clap for Love’ and ‘The More We Get Together,’ then lean in and talk about what it means to be welcoming toward others,” Yale said. 

Books, artifacts, and more were highlighted from the library’s Multicultural and Special Collections

Added Manager of Special Collections Leigh Tarullo: “We were thrilled to share resources at an event that not only celebrates Oak Park’s unique history of open housing but also looks toward the future and talks about what a welcoming community is today.”

Engage with your community

Art for Social Change: Sanctuary
National Exhibition of Postcard Art

Exhibition: May 11–June 1 | Reception: May 11, 7–9 pm
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Ordinance (1968) and addressing current sanctuary city political rhetoric, the Oak Park Art League calls on creatives nationwide to participate in a postcard project that explores legislative policies of past and present that support diversity, inclusion, racial equity, and human rights. Submit a postcard through March 31. Learn more about the exhibit >

“What Fair Housing Means to Me”

Saturday, April 21, 10 am–6 pm, Main Library Community Engagement Space
Public celebration for the winners of a local children's poster contest presented by The Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®. In partnership with The Oak Park Regional Housing Center and the Oak Park-River Forest History Museum.

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Ordinance and the Fair Housing Act

Saturday, April 21, 1–5 pm, Main Library
A community forum hosted by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center exploring the past, present, and future of fair housing, racial integration, and inclusion in Oak Park. Attend >

Explore more

  • In February 2017, Oak Park became a sanctuary city by passing a Welcoming Village ordinance. Village staff, including police officers, do not collect information on residents’ or visitors’ immigration status, and decline to assist federal immigration enforcement operations. Learn more >
  • The Oak Park Art League’s Sanctuary postcard exhibit creatively explores Oak Park’s Welcoming Village ordinance, human rights, and diversity. The postcards will be included in a May 2018 exhibit at the Art League in its Art for Social Change series. See exhibit info and entry guidelines >