Meet Matt Baron, Library Trustee

Why I wanted to be a library trustee: Libraries have played a vital role in my life, and are a vital institution in any community’s life. I was interested in playing an active part in the excellent work provided by the Oak Park Public Library, and felt that my skills as a communicator and collaborator would support that work.

Something I love about Oak Park: It’s hard to go anywhere without bumping into someone I know—there’s such a warm, small-town feeling that permeates the community.

My favorite "hidden library gem": When I was a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the library provided access to Tribune archived stories, which was a monumental aid in my work. The ever-expanding scope of services and resources that the library offers means that there is much that is seemingly “hidden.” What’s fantastic is that by simply asking a staff member or volunteer, anyone can uncover these gems.

What I’m reading now: Southern League, a fantastic book by Larry Colton on the 1964 integration of the Birmingham Barons minor-league baseball team in the midst of the Civil Rights struggle, and The Deep End of the Ocean, a moving, haunting story by Jacquelyn Mitchard.

What I’m watching now: TED talks and 30 for 30 documentaries are regular staples of my viewing diet.

See more of what Matt is up to on VOP-TV's A Beer with Baron, and learn more about the library's board of trustees.