Reaching Forward Illinois

Reaching Forward South Virtual Conference,
April 15-16
Reaching Forward Virtual Conference, May 7

The Reaching Forward Conference and the Reaching Forward South Conference are joining forces to bring their 2021 virtual conferences to all Illinois libraries! The combined conference,  Reaching Forward Illinois, will allow registrants to attend both conferences for one fee. Recordings of the sessions will be available to registrants through August. 

The registration fee is $50, which includes both conferences. 
To register a group for the conference, please e-mail for assistance. The deadline to register is Monday, May 3.

Statement of Appropriate Conduct All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues.

Cancellation Policy - Cancellations must be received in writing before April 9, 2021. Please e-mail your cancellation request to Cancellations received before April 9 will receive a refund and are subject to $10 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after April 9, 2021.

Full Program Schedules

Reaching Forward South Schedule

Thursday, April 15
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Program Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Program Sessions
Friday, April 16
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Program Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Program Sessions

Reaching Forward Schedule

Friday, May 7
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Program Sessions
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Program Sessions
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Awards Presentation (prerecorded)

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break

Performers' Showcase (prerecorded)

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Program Sessions
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Program Sessions
3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Program Sessions

Reaching Forward Illinois Committees 

Reaching Forward Illinois Sponsorship

Reaching Forward Awards

Two awards are presented at the Reaching Forward Conference.

The Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant recognizes the contributions of a support staff member to the library community and the role of support staff in libraries. The recipient will receive free registration to the Reaching Forward Illinois Conference and a framed certificate.

The Robert Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff encourages ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership and full registration ILA Annual Conference and a framed certificate.

Submit an Oberman-Rich Award Nomination

Submit a Robert P. Doyle Award Nomination 

Selection Process: Nominations are open, with a deadline of March 31, 2021. You may submit nominations for yourself or for a colleague. A panel of judges from the Reaching Forward Committee will be responsible for choosing the recipients. Supporting reasons for the nomination of a candidate must be provided.

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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