This form is for community members who want to collaborate with the library on a multicultural program.
In Oak Park, our public library turns outward. This is an intentional process for listening to and learning about our community. It means we make the choice to ground library work in our community’s shared aspirations.
To actively engage community members in inclusive opportunities with diverse groups and to show empathy for and develop connections between diverse audiences, we now offer a Collaborative Multicultural Programming approach.
What is it? This approach to programming joins community members’ unique cultural experiences and identities with public librarians’ program planning and learning expertise. A primary goal is to actively engage more Oak Parkers through cultural programming that is facilitated by and delivered through their own unique voices and identities.
Interested in submitting a program idea? Submit a completed form and a librarian will respond to you typically within one business day. Due to the current scope of available resources, not every submission can be guaranteed a library-supported program.
How does it work? If the library has the capacity to collaborate on your program at this time, community members receive support from library staff. Based on what you want and need, this support may include one or all of the following: public space at the library, a budget, event promotion, and staff support with planning, facilitation, and setup. When available, curated library materials, artifacts, and resource connections will be included.