Friends of the Oak Park Public Library

As a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library have been raising funds and building valuable bridges between the library and community since 1948. Today, funds raised through book fairs and annual memberships (see below for levels and how to join) supports programs at the library including folk music concerts and Oak Park’s membership in the Illinois Libraries Present virtual author series.

A line drawing of an open book with the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library logo

Join the Friends

All donations are tax-deductible. Please be sure to let the Friends know if you want to give in someone else’s honor or if you work for a company that participates in employee matching gifts (also known as matching funds).

Contact the Friends

  • Call: 708.697.6930
  • Email:
  • Write: Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, c/o Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301

Friends Board of Trustees

  • President: Russell Glidden (term ends March 2024)
  • Vice President: Kat Bell term ends March 2025)
  • Treasurer: Denise Roser (term ends March 2024)
  • Secretary: Doris Adamczewski (term ends March 2025)
  • Membership Chair: Chet Taranowski (term ends March 2025)
  • School liaison: Eric Bryning (term end March 2025)
  • Board member: Doug Deuchler (term ends March 2024)
  • Board member: Nancy Hartman (term ends March 2024)
  • Board member: Beth Streit (term ends March 2025)
  • Board member: Jennie Stevens (term ends March 2025)

Ex Officio

  • Kristina Rogers, Library Trustee
  • Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Library Executive Director

Friends Board of Trustees Meetings

Typically the Friends Board of Trustees meets on the third Monday of every other month at 7:30 pm, unless noted below.

Upcoming Meetings

  • November 20, 2023
  • January 15, 2024
  • March 18, 2024 (also annual membership meeting)
  • May 20, 2024
  • July 15, 2024
  • September 16, 2024
  • November 18, 2024

Previous Meetings

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