Pictured above: feedback shared on an Oak Park's Book Bike visit.

What kind of community do you want to live in?

You are invited to share your aspirations for your community of Oak Park. Executive Director David J. Seleb will moderate four Harwood Community Conversations, which are open to everyone, at the library this fall on:

  • September 18 from 6-9 pm in the Main Library Small Meeting Room (RSVP now >)
  • October 18 from 12-2 pm at Maze Branch (RSVP now >);
  • October 19 from 12-2 pm at Dole Branch (RSVP now >); and
  • November 9 from 6-9 pm in the Main Library Community Engagement Space (RSVP now >).

Why is the library doing this?

The goal of these 90-minute "kitchen table conversations" is to gain public knowledge about community aspirations using a time-tested discussion guide. Join a group of ten to fifteen of your fellow community members where all can come together to talk about community and how best to move that community forward. 

“A community conversation is an opportunity to talk about what matters most to you — your aspirations — and about a shared vision of the future,” Seleb said.

To learn more or to host an on-site conversation with your community organization, please contact David at d.seleb@oppl.org.

What you have told us

Common themes and aspirations for Oak Park, ones you have shared with us through multiple Harwood Community Conversations conducted since 2014, center around:

  • Literacy, Education
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
  • Health, Safety, Affordability