Our Executive Director joins a local Racial Equity Cohort that includes the Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Superintendent and the Oak Park and River Forest High School Equity Director.

We collaborate with community partners on restorative justice, multicultural programming, and opportunities for teens in social justice, leadership, and college and career readiness.

We eliminate late fines and meeting room fees, removing barriers to library use.

Social worker Robert Simmons joins the library and starts growing a Social Services and Public Safety team that connects people with resources for housing, employment, health care, immigration, domestic violence, and more.

As we build awareness and trust regarding an authentic and organizational commitment to this work, we center the voices of historically and intentionally marginalized people. See all anti-racism news & events »

Managers complete three 3-hour workshops, discussing white supremacy, thoughtful decision-making, and how policy can reinforce oppression and inequities.

An Anti-Racism Advisory Team forms, with local administrators, staff, patrons, board representation, and young adults to help shape direction and to develop an anti-racism strategic plan.

The Board of Library Trustees votes unanimously to approve the library’s first anti-racism strategic plan, dedicating resources and accountability.

Staff share aspirations for anti-racism learning, and 90+ employees are introduced to concepts of posturing, shared language, and conditions for anti-racism work.

Library leadership engage in four 3-hour workshops on posturing, shared language, and conditions for anti-racism work.

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