Being intentional about empowering every voice in our community is critical to our everyday work.
Here are a few ways we collaborate with local organizations, working toward shared community aspirations and goals.
Equity in education
Supporting student learning. See how we work with Oak Park Elementary School District 97 to support equity and opportunity in student learning. Watch the video »
Connecting mentors and youth. Starting in 2017, a “community catalyst” initiative sparked opportunities, strengthened relationships, and energized our community around empowering youth for college and career. Read the story »
Removing barriers. “The neutral space of the library can eliminate the borders between schools, businesses, and the community to provide resources to students and families.” More from the E-Team’s Frances Kraft »
Early childhood learning
Taking a whole-community approach. “All of our children are capable of greatness, as long as they are growing in an environment of people who support their progress.” Why we support social and emotional learning »
Partnering to improve support. “The partnership … is a great example of how we coordinate and leverage our resources.” More about our relationship with the Collaboration for Early Childhood »
Forming relationships to get people what they need. “We are working toward the same goals to achieve collective impact.” More on how our Social Services and Safety Team collaborates with area organizations »
Donating to those in need. “I’m so proud of our community and how much love was shown.” More on how we collaborate with Housing Forward »
An entrepreneurial hub, supporting growth and change
Growing a local business. Lively Athletics co-owner Anne Pezalla found library resources, including a “secret new best friend,” to help grow her business. Read more and watch the video »
Providing space for business mentors and networking. “We are usually able to match a client up with a mentor within 48 hours.” More about how we work with the business community »
Increasing access: Bringing the library to you
Popping up in the parks. A multi-organization partnership came from listening to those in our community who care for young children. More on how we deliver resources outside the library »