What kind of community do you want to live in?
The library follows a Harwood Community Conversation engagement model. Since 2014, we've been asking, "What kind of community do you want to live in?" And you've told us: one that values literacy and education; diversity, inclusion, and equity; and health, safety, and affordability.
Putting aspirations into action
While the public knowledge we gain from these conversations drives all of our work, here are specific examples:
- We developed a new strategic plan, mission and vision for the library;
- We hired a social worker to build a team that better engages with all our patrons, including the most vulnerable; and
- We eliminated fines and opened more free public meeting space, to deliver more access and equity around library materials and services.
These changes reflect the kind of open and welcoming relationship we want to have with our community, and they support our vision and mission: to empower every voice in our community and to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park's aspirations.
Host a conversation, learn more
- Want to host a conversation? Contact David J. Seleb at email@example.com or 708.697.6911.
- Learn more about how the library is turning outward >
- Learn more about the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation >