Tom Popelka
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Meet the Candidates: Thomas ‘Tom’ Popelka, Homewood library (free)

Tom Popelka
Tom Popelka

Age: 41
Education: M.A. History, Rice University; M.A. Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; B.A. History, DePaul University.
Job/role: Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations, University of Chicago
Family: Wife, Becky, and two daughters.
Other elected positions: None
The most important issue for me is the library’s continued commitment to being a community space for everyone. This includes a commitment to open access and freedom of speech but also continuing to offer programs that engage the entire Homewood community. Libraries are community institutions and I want the Homewood Public Library to continue to thrive.

  1. Work with the community and the staff and leadership of HPL to outline a vision for the post-pandemic public library.
  2. Be an advocate for a well-funded and supported public library.
  3. Make sure the library is a welcoming space to everyone in the community.

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