Idea Box

Located just inside the entrance of the Main Library, this 9×13 space is always changing. It is typically curated by Multicultural Coordinator Juanta Griffin (juantag@oppl.org) and additional members of the Community Engagement Team. Designed both for and with community, the Idea Box space exists to empower voices and to provide historically, intentionally, and traditionally marginalized people groups a unique public space to create, inform, build, share, and be.

The Julian family poses at home in front of their fireplace.

Open Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, February 4-March 4, 2-4 pm: The Julian Legacy Museum highlights the academic achievements, professional contributions, humanitarian endeavors, and family life of Drs. Percy L. Julian and Anna Johnson Julian. Pictured: Julian Family Photo Courtesy of DePauw University Archives and Special Collections.

Previous displays & exhibits

  • January 2024: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • December 2023: Holidays Around the World
  • November 2023: Diwali
  • October-November 2023: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
  • September-October 2023: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • August 2023: Opioid Awareness
  • July 2023: Disability Pride Month
  • June 2023: Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop
  • May 2023: Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Month
  • April 2023: Celebrating Ramadan by Oak Parker Dima Ali
  • February-March 2022: “The Work”: Black History Museum
  • January 2022: Martin Luther King Jr. Lorraine Motel Memorial Window Exhibit, by the Oak Park Public Library
  • December 2022: Holidays Around the World, by the Oak Park Public Library
  • November 2022: Gender Is a Galaxy, Gender Is a Weapon, Transgender Day of Remembrance exhibit, presented by Aaron McManus
  • November 2022: Día de Muertos community ofrenda, by the Oak Park Public Library
  • October 2022: A display, by Beyond Hunger
  • September 2022: Trapfuturism, by Nailah Golden
  • August 2022: Overdose Awareness Month
  • August 2022: Oak Park Community Fridge Display
  • July 2022: Disability Pride Display, by the Oak Park Public Library
  • June 2022: Tia Etu Exhibit: Juneteenth—The Call, with works by Tia Etu
  • June 2022: Pride Month Display, by the Oak Park Public Library
  • May 2022: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Display, presented by Oak Park community members
  • April 2022: Ramadan Around the World Display, presented in collaboration with Dima Ali, community member and founder of Being Different
  • February-March 2022: Black History Special Exhibit: The Brian and ShaRhonda Dawson Collection
  • October 2021: Day of the Dead Art Display, designed by fellow librarian, talented artist, and Oak Park resident Raleigh Ocampo
  • September 2021: Multicultural Collection Artifacts on Display, by the Oak Park Public Library