Alexandra Skinner

What I do at the library: I manage services for the adult and teen population by working with librarians and staff on their outreach to local organizations, providing help at our service desks, and creating programs that help us engage and learn as a library and community. 

How I turn outward: I collaborate and work with a number of other teams and local Oak Park organizations. I attend as many meetings outside the library as I can; just this spring I've attended open forums held by the Park District of Oak Park and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. By working with other Oak Park organizations, we can see where our resources and help can be best used. 

My favorite "hidden library gem": Some of us are quite visible, but I believe the library's greatest gem is our staff. I work with the most amazing people! At every location, at every level, everyone here is dedicated and really cares so much about doing their best for our library and community. I'm so thankful that I get to work with such wonderful people every day. 

Something I love about Oak Park: As a resident who does not own a car, I really love Oak Park's walkability! I can get to just about anything I need—grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, the library!—on my own two feet. Running errands becomes almost downright enjoyable!

What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: I'm actually in that great space of being in-between books, and so just about to start a new one! I love mysteries, and J.K. Rowling, and her Cormoran Strike series is fantastic. I really liked the first one under her pen-name Robert Galbraith, but had to put the series down to get to some other great books, so I'm thrilled to be getting back to the series and start The Silkworm soon. 

Summer is the perfect time to binge all those shows that just couldn't be fit in during their regular air-times; I recently got hooked on The Americans, which I can't recommend enough. The first three seasons are available on DVD, and be careful - you'll be saying "just one more episode" and the next thing you know you've watched them all! 

(March 13, 2015; updated August 2016)