Meet Carmenza Millan, Library Trustee

Why I wanted to be a library trustee: Since moving to Oak Park 20 years ago, the library has played an important role in my life. It helped me to acclimate to my new neighborhood, meet new people, make new friends, and immerse myself in my community. After I finished my doctorate degree and had time to dedicate to the library, I wanted to share my knowledge, skills, and talents—as an educator, an advocate, a gerontologist—and give back to my community and the library that played such a pivotal role in my life. 

Something I love about Oak Park: Having grown up in Brooklyn, New York, I was attracted to Oak Park’s multicultural, multigenerational, cosmopolitan flavor, and quickly fell in love with the small-town sense of community I was able to build here.

My favorite "hidden library gem": In 2007, after 13 years of being out of school, I decided to pursue a Doctor of Health Administration degree. Almost immediately, I found the Silent Reading Room on the Main Library's Third Floor. My favorite weekends were spent there by the fireplace reading, writing, and researching. I love the feel of the library from the moment I step into it. The building is magical, and the kindness that exudes from the security personnel, the staff, and the visitors warms my soul. 

What I’m reading now: A reread of Lisa B. Marshall’s book Smart Talk: The Public Speaker’s Guide to Success. Every time I pick up this book, I get some nuggets on cross-cultural communications and avoiding communications breakdowns. I find it tremendously helpful for both my personal and professional life. 

What I’m watching now: Binge watching Mad Men—and I just finished viewing all seven seasons. And when I can, I love watching Dancing With the Stars. It always inspires me to pursue my dream of becoming a real good dancer!

Learn more about the library's board of trustees.