What is the Idea Box?

Located just inside the Main Library entrance, the Idea Box is a dedicated 19’ x 13’ space that provides participatory community experiences. Visitors are encouraged to learn through experimentation and play. For a taste of what it's all about, see previous Idea Box installations on Flickr.

What is new this year?

The top New Year’s resolution for 2017, according to the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, is to be a better person. It’s fitting, then, that to “Build a Better World” is this year’s theme. With a focus on our community’s aspirations, the library will have dedicated times when staff and community members can facilitate workshops, storytimes, crafting sessions to benefit local organizations, and more. Have an idea to propose? Contact Digital Learning Librarian Deidre Winterhalter today!

In February: Picture a Better World

#OakParkStories creator and library staffer Ann Farrell will be inside the Idea Box taking patron photos and collecting stories (think a local version of Humans of New York) on:

  • Thursdays, February 9 & 23, from 9-11 am and 6-8 pm
  • Tuesday, February 14, from 9-11 am and 6-8 pm

Can't stop by at the times listed here but want to share your story? Let's get started>

What's inside is always changing

  • By changing exhibits, Idea Box offers fresh ways to engage library customers in lifelong learning through creative play and fun.
  • Installations vary to reflect the diverse interests in our community. One installation may feature participatory art and culture; another may solicit opinions on an upcoming initiative or library service, or be hands-on, demonstrating new technology.