Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities Conference (Day 1 of 3)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Event Details

Please join us for day 1 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 1 focuses on Restorative strategies to build stronger families. Join us for the family-friendly welcome session to kick-off our weekend. First we’ll break bread together in a meal sponsored by Dinner & Dialogue and then we’ll learn about the power of circles to change the conversation. Friday night focus will include "The Story of Circles," adult and teen circles (ages 12+) by Pamela Purdie, a Peace Circle Trainer at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a local Oak Park community member and the founder of Alliance Building Inc., a nonprofit organization started in 2003 to provide education and training in the field of diversity, violence prevention, and Restorative Justice. 

5:30 pm Welcome and opening circle

5:45-7 pm Family-friendly dinner facilitated by Dinner & Dialogue

7-8:15 pm Pamela Purdie presents The Story of Circles
Childcare provided by A.L.M.A  (Arts Language Music Alliance) for kids ages 6-12 years, and local childcare agency Kisakidcare for kids ages 0-5 years.

8:15-8:45 pm The Tell: Songs of Peace & Justice

8:45-9 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. Meals and childcare are 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): Babies & Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Older Adults
Stephen Jackson
(708) 383-8200 ext. 0

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