2013 Annual Report

Letter From the Executive Director

As we celebrated the Oak Park Public Library’s 110th anniversary and its first 10 years in the current Main Library building, 2013 was also a year of significant change.

The library welcomed a new executive director, a new assistant director for public services, and reconfigured its Main Library lobby to provide more personalized service and more engaging experiences.

Change that leads to refreshment, renewal, and a focus on what matters is our aim for the year ahead. We have already begun this journey with our first step:

Turning outward.

Turning outward is what rests at the heart of real community engagement. It also is one of my key objectives for 2014.

In October 2013, I attended a three-day program in Washington, DC sponsored by the American Library Association and led by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. There I was trained in the Harwood tools—Community Conversations, Intentionality, Innovations Spaces, and others—designed to effect community and organizational change that responds to people’s true aspirations.

Throughout 2014, the library will use these tools to gain vital knowledge about what you, the people of Oak Park, believe about where you live, what you want and need from your community, and how you want organizations such as your library to respond. The final objective is action: doing what people most need and want us to do.

At the center of this work is learning: learning from the community and learning as an organization. That is why I am also leading library staff activities to engage in deeper, more effective learning. We want to focus on teamwork, to fortify a shared vision of both what we want—and what our community needs—the library to be.

What are your aspirations for your community and how are those shared by your fellow residents of Oak Park? I hope you take opportunities throughout 2014 to join the conversation. We want to hear your story.

Sincerely,

David J. Seleb
David J. Seleb,
Executive Director

By the Numbers

  2012 2013
Circulation (Checkouts and Renewals) 1,376,202 1,474,247
Building Visits 768,638 781,668
Website Visits 791,965 784,031
Program Attendance 41,632 47,922
Days Buildings Open 354 355
Hours Buildings Open 9,036 9,048
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Thanks Friends

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SCOVILLE MEMBERS

  • Candelario & Elizabeth Celio
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  • Laura Beebe

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  • Gordon Waldron

PATRON MEMBERS

  • Rich & Doris Adamczewski
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  • Susan Burke
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  • Nancy Pennington
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  • Bruce Samuels
  • Mary Schmidt
  • Margarert Schmollinger
  • Peggy Sinko
  • Charles H. Stats
  • Nancy Strand
  • Dr. Marsha Vetter
  • Karen Walsh
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2013 Milestones