Originally published on August 31, 2015

Meet Ted Foss, Library Trustee 

Why I wanted to be a library trustee: Who doesn’t love libraries? I want to contribute to continuing to keep our great resource relevant to all.
 
Something I love about Oak Park: Constantly discovering the wonderful gifts and life stories of our remarkable residents.
 
My favorite "hidden library gem": Knowing that I have access to back issues of magazines. There was a time that my household subscribed to over 40 periodicals. Those times are over, as we now have our LIBRARY 24/7 to go to. I still love to have periodicals in hand, from Fine Woodworking to Poetry magazine (and not just the out-of-date copy of People in the doctor’s waiting room).
 
What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: I think I’m an insomniac, so I am always in the midst of reading five or six books at once, some for pure pleasure and some for my professional writing. So now on my nightstand are Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses, Nick Trout’s Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon, Peter Brown’s Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, Edmund White’s Hotel de Dream, and at my desk, Jonathan Spence’s The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci.
 
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