Join the conversation! DGPL is hosting community conversations and listening sessions to hear about issues that patrons care about.

This series is part of an ongoing effort by the library to create spaces for dialogue between community leaders and members. These conversations will help to shape the library's next strategic plan, and will be shared with other community leaders. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.


Online Listening Sessions: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Tues., Sept. 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26, 10:30 - noon. 
DGPL values hearing from community members, and recognizes that neutrality can no longer be prioritized over the need to respond to inequities and systems that have oppressed culture groups. Conversations will help inform the library on how it can include diversity, equity, and inclusion in its future goals and next strategic plan. Listening sessions will be guided by a consultant from RGW Consulting. Listening sessions will be hosted online through Zoom. Possible in-person options may be available closer to the date.  

Registration is required. Click the dates above to register. 

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Listening Session: Policing in Downers Grove
August 5, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center
4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove

This program was an opportunity for Downers Grove community members to have their voices heard on policing issues. Active listeners, Downers Grove Village Manager Dave Fieldman, Chief of Police Shanon Gillette, and District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele, responded and listened to community members.  Comments were able to be submitted before the event, and remained anonymous. Questions and comments that were not addressed during the event due to time limits may be addressed in the Police Departments FAQ document, or in a document to be later posted by the library. More information will follow.


District 99's Response to Unanswered Questions

There's No Place That's Home: A Panel Discussion on Homelessness in Downers Grove
October, 2019

Panelists: Mayor Bob Barnett, Downers Grove; Janell Robinson, Hope's Front Door; Amy LaFauce, DuPage Catholic Charities; Dr. Hank Thiele, Dist. 99 Superintendent; Dr. Kevin Russel, Dist. 58 Superintendent


Watch the recording