Reaching Forward Forum (RF)

Our mission is to provide professional opportunities for library staff
to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.

2017 Reaching Forward Conference Information & Registration 

      2017 Reaching Forward Program Schedule & Handouts        

Reaching Forward Annual Conference

The 28th annual conference will be held May 5, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois. 

Visit the conference website for more information

Reaching Forward Awards

The 2017 award winners will be recognized at this year’s conference. 

Oberman-Rich Award
Noelle McDonough
La Grange Public Library

Robert P. Doyle Award
Lynda Spraner
St. Charles Public Library District

Submit an Oberman-Rich Award Nomination

Submit a Robert P. Doyle Award Nomination 

Selection Process: Nominations for 2018 open in January, with a deadline of March 31, 2018. 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.

Forum Leadership

  1. Veronica De Fazio Veronica De Fazio, Co-manager Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District
  2. Zachariah Terrill Zachariah Terrill, Co-manager McHenry Public Library District
  3. Jason F. Kuhl Jason F. Kuhl, Board liaison Director at Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  4. Carla J. Nolidis Carla J. Nolidis, Member Naperville Public Library
  5. Courtney Tedrick Courtney Tedrick, Member Programming Librarian at Wheaton Public Library
  6. Cynthia L. Fuerst Cynthia L. Fuerst, Member Vernon Area Public Library District
  7. Diane Gioe Diane Gioe, Member Poplar Creek Public Library District
  8. Emily Bayci Emily Bayci, Member Naperville Public Library
  9. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Member Highland Park Public Library
  10. Heidi Knuth Heidi Knuth, Member Youth Services Librarian/Preschool Outreach Coordinator at Bloomingdale Public Library
  11. Jane Jenkins Jane Jenkins, Member Director at Green Hills Public Library District
  12. Janet Wigodner Janet Wigodner, Member Waukegan Public Library
  13. Louise T. Svehla Louise T. Svehla, Member Consulting and Continuing Education Specialist at Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  14. Mary Beth Fuller Mary Beth Fuller, Member Bartlett Public Library District
  15. Melinda Provost Melinda Provost, Member Chicago Ridge Public Library
  16. Pat Tunstall Pat Tunstall, Member
  17. Patrice Johnson Patrice Johnson, Member Chicago Public Library
  18. Samantha Chiappone Samantha Chiappone, Member Mount Prospect Public Library
  19. Sangeeta Bhargava Sangeeta Bhargava, Member Reference Librarian at Schaumburg Township District Library
  20. Teri Scallon Teri Scallon, Member Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  21. Trixie Dantis Trixie Dantis, Member Teen Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Get ready for the 2017 iREAD theme, Reading by Design Themed graphics and much more, coming soon!

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