Des Plaines IL Public Library

In the fall of 2005, the Des Plaines Public Library received a grant from the Illinois State Library, entitled Building Community through Creative Conversations: What Does It Take?  The library partnered with the following organizations: Bethesda Worship Center, Genesis Center for Health and Empowerment, Des Plaines Healthy Community Partnership, Des Plaines Historical Society, Des Plaines Park District, Maine West High School and Maine East High School. Representatives from these organizations were trained as neutral moderators by the College of DuPage’s Public Policy Institute, using the National Issues Forum methodology. Together, the partners decided on the topic for a series of spring forums. Four public forums were held at different locations throughout the city. The discussion focused on social services in general, rather than on any one segment, such as housing or healthcare.

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