Board of Trustees

The elected Board of Library Trustees meets monthly, typically at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday at the Main Library, unless otherwise noted on the library calendar. All meetings are open to the public. Read library board bylaws and contact library trustees at board@oppl.org.

Pictured from left: Library Executive Director David J. Seleb, Trustee Virginia Bloom-Scheirer, Board Vice President Theodore N. Foss, Trustee Maryanne Mohanraj, Board Finance Officer Christian Harris, Trustee Colleen Burns, Board President Matthew Fruth. Not pictured: Board Secretary Sarah Glavin.

Minutes & agendas

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.

About your Board of Library Trustees

 
Matt Fruth

Matthew Fruth

Board President, term ends 2021
trustee.matthewf@oppl.org
Learn more about Matt »

 
Ted Foss

Theodore N. Foss

Board Vice President, term ends 2023
trustee.theodoref@oppl.org
Learn more about Ted »
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.

 
Christian Harris

Christian Harris

Finance Officer, term ends 2021
trustee.christianh@oppl.org
Harris is a lifelong Oak Park resident committed to keeping the community a sustainable place to live. He serves on the boards of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce, The North Avenue District, and Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.). His passions for solving economic inequality and inequality in education are what drives his board service and community involvement.

Why do you serve as a library trustee? The first time I volunteered at a homeless shelter in college was a transformational experience for me. I had this vision that the homeless were people who had fallen on hard times or whose house had burnt down, etc. What I found was that most of the people at the shelter were mentally handicapped or elderly. Since then I have become passionate about solving issues of economic inequality and inequality in education, because these areas are the root cause of inequality. The Oak Park Public Library works to solve these issues everyday and I am excited to give my input as we do this work.

What are your aspirations for Oak Park? I want Oak Park to become a place where peoples life outcomes are not determined by their sex, race, religion, birthplace, sexual preference, etc.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to? It’s My Company Too by Tom Walters

 
Sarah Glavin, Library Board Trustee

Sarah Glavin

Board Secretary and Friends of the Library Oak Park Public Library Representative, term ends 2021
trustee.sarahg@oppl.org
Glavin is a resident of southwest Oak Park, where she lives with her husband and two children. She began her commitment to public service with U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin, and currently directs the community investment team at United Airlines.

 
Virginia Bloom-Scheirer

Virginia Bloom-Scheirer

term ends 2023
trustee.virginiab@oppl.org
Bloom-Scheirer moved to Oak Park in 2012 and currently lives walking distance from 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.

Why do you serve as a library trustee? The Oak Park Public Library has made deliberate efforts toward ensuring the knowledge, resources, and programs available through the OPPL are available to everyone in our community; I wanted to be a part of that mission. I hope to support our neighbors experiencing housing insecurity and welcome teens and young adults to a safe place to thrive.

What are your aspirations for Oak Park? We are a community of such promise, rich with resources and knowledge. My hope for Oak Park is that we create a fulfilling, safe, and welcoming community where anyone can enrich and improve themselves, and in turn enrich and improve the community.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to? I am of course reading the One Book, One Oak Park book choice of Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg, and I’m eager to speak to the community about how we feel this applies to our communal goals. Over the winter I was completely consumed by Afrofuturism and the literature of Octavia Butler and Nnedi OkoraforI was not disappointed. I also love podcasts for my commute and Levar Burton Reads is currently at the top of the list.

 
Colleen Burns

Colleen Burns

iGov Committee Oak Park Public Library Representative, term ends 2023
trustee.colleenb@oppl.org
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.

 
Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj

iGov Committee Oak Park Public Library Representative, term ends 2021
trustee.maryannem@oppl.org

 
 

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