Board of Library Trustees

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Board meetings

Our Board of Library Trustees generally meets at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted on the library calendar.

Open to the public, meetings are typically held in the Main Library’s second floor Veterans Room. Meetings are live streamed via Zoom with links to watch provided on individual meeting agendas. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours before meeting start times on the library’s website (see below) and on library community bulletin boards. Find 2022 board meeting information here »

May 23, 2023

June 27, 2023

July 25, 2023

August 22, 2023

September 26, 2023

October 24, 2023

November 28, 2023

December 26, 2023

Public comments

Public comments are permitted during the time designated on the library Board agenda, unless otherwise directed by the Board president. Public comments may be provided in one of the following ways: 

Public comments submitted in writing or by voicemail should be three minutes or less, will be shared with the board in advance of the meeting, and may be read or played aloud during the public comment section of the board agenda. Read more in the Public Comment at Board Meetings Policy »

About your trustees

Virginia Bloom

Virginia Bloom

Finance Officer, Library Anti-Racism Advisory Team Representative, term ends 2023

Bloom moved to Oak Park in 2012 and currently lives within walking distance of the Maze Branch Library. She has previously volunteered as a site captain for PADS/Housing Forward and served on their Shelter Committee. When she is not reading or listening to podcasts, she sings with her a cappella group and enjoys Oak Park’s many walks and parks.

Colleen Burns

Colleen Burns

iGov Committee Oak Park Public Library Representative, term ends 2023

Burns is a healthcare attorney and consultant specializing in the Affordable Care Act. She served in the Quinn administration in the Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation where she was Policy Director. Colleen was elected delegate from Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District to the Democratic National Convention in both 2008 and 2016.

Madhurima Chakraborty

Madhurima Chakraborty

Library Board Secretary, term ends 2025

Chakraborty is Associate Professor in the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she is also serving as the President of the Faculty Senate. She lives with her husband and son in South Oak Park.

Susanne Fairfax

Susanne Fairfax

Trustee, term ends 2025

Fairfax is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. She has served on numerous committees and boards in Oak Park and beyond with emphases on equity, media, literature, and sustainability. She and her wife moved to Oak Park 16 years ago and have become deeply connected with the community and immersed in efforts to make it even better.

Theodore Foss

Theodore N. Foss

Library Board Vice President, term ends 2023

Foss is a 20-year resident of Oak Park. He has been an administrator and Chinese historian at the University of Chicago, Stanford, and University of San Francisco. Foss also has served on a number of national and local boards, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. In his spare time Foss is an avid music advocate and gardener.

Matthew Fruth

Matthew Fruth

Library Board President, term ends 2025

Kristina Rogers

Friends of the Oak Park Public Library Board Liaison, term ends 2023

Rogers works in the early childhood field, on community systems change. She received a master’s of science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University, where she participated in a short-term study abroad program in Northern Ireland to explore their peace and reconciliation efforts. She lives near the the Dole Branch Library with her husband, toddler, and dog. 

Prevailing Wage Rates

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees passed a Resolution Adopting Prevailing Wage Rates to be Paid to Laborers, Mechanics, and other Workers Performing Construction of Public Works for the Oak Park Public Library, Cook County, Illinois. A copy of that resolution is available upon request. Please use the following links to the Illinois Department of Labor (current prevailing wage rates and Cook County table by title (pdf)) to see the prevailing wage schedule for our county.

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