Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities Conference (Day 3 of 3)

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Event Details

Please join us for day 3 of Oak Park Public Library's second annual Restorative Justice conference. This year's theme is Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities. 

Day 3 focuses on restorative strategies to build a stronger community. This closing day will share how the Oak Park Public Library is utilizing multiple initiatives that are not traditionally called restorative to engage with the larger community. Speakers and panelists will include:

1-1:30 pm Check in

1:30-2 pm Opening circle

2-2:20 pm “Turning Outward” by David J. Seleb, Executive Director of Oak Park Public Library. During his tenure, several initiatives have emerged from the local library that have been restorative in nature, including the library's embrace of a community-centered approach from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Join us as Seleb shares how our community is central to the work of the library.

2:20-3:30 pm Cafe conversations facilitated by Doris Davenport, featuring:
  • Stephen Jackson, Social Services Specialist, Oak Park Public Library
  • Frances Kraft, Co-Founder of Equity Team Inc.
  • Sarah Yale, Community Engagement Manager, Oak Park Public Library
  • Sgt. Vanessa Westley, Chicago Police Department and Bridging the Divide
3:30-4 pm Mosaic of Stories, a sampling of oral histories gathered at the conference

4-4:30 pm Closing circle

Full conference details
The three-day Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities conference is October 4-6 at the Main Library. Please register to attend one, two, or all three days of the conference. A meal will be available to those who register.

  • Day 1 | Friday, October 4, 5:30-9 pm. We'll focus on building Restorative practices to strengthen families with children. Register now »
  • Day 2 | Saturday, October 5, 9 am-4:30 pm. We'll learn how Restorative practices can promote a safe learning environment in schools. Register now »
  • Day 3 | Sunday, October 6, 1-6 pm. We'll focus on the community, including learning about Restorative approaches and strategies the library uses as it strives to make the community the center of everything it does. Register now »




Event Type(s): Learn & Connect, Civic Learning, Arts & Culture
Age Group(s): Adults, Babies & Toddlers, Elementary School, High School, Preschool, Middle School, Older Adults
Stephen Jackson
(708) 383-8200 ext. 0

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