Library Welcomes All

Jun. 1, 2018
In honor of LGBT Pride Month, this June, staff at Orland Park Public Library will wear rainbow pins to show that the library is welcoming to all people.
This initiative is part of the library’s 2018 Strategic Plan. Specifically, Goal 4: To focus on inclusivity. The library’s mission states that the library is committed to “equal opportunities for all library patrons”.
This year the library has set out to find new ways to designate programming, collections, web links, and services to better benefit potentially underserved populations locally.
The library will be doing educational programming surrounding LGBTQ+ topics. On August 15 a presentation called Understanding Sexual Identity will be held to empower patrons with the knowledge to better understand the value of diversity and have compassion for others through shared humanity. On August 29, in a presentation called Understanding Gender Identity, patrons will learn about the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. They will learn terminology and the importance of language as related to the subject. They will gain a better understanding of privilege and oppression and learn about what recent research had found. Patrons will learn to discern facts from myths and stereotypes. This will be a safe space to ask questions and obtain resources.
Those interested in the library’s related collection (books and movies) can search “LGBT” in the library catalog search box.
Patrons interested in learning more about the library are encouraged to call the library at 708-428-5100 or visit the Library at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, IL 60462. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This celebration is in compliance with the library’s mission to stimulate, educate, entertain, and welcome everyone. We are committed to equal opportunities for all library patrons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or past or present status as a member of the military.