Reaching Forward Forum (RF)

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

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  1. Sep 22 2017

    Reaching Forward

    Friday, Sep 22, 2017 10:00am

    Schaumburg Township District Library

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Reaching Forward Annual Conference

The 29th annual Reaching Forward will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois. 

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. Patrice Johnson Patrice Johnson, Co-manager Chicago Public Library
  2. Veronica De Fazio Veronica De Fazio, Co-manager Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District
  3. Zachariah Terrill Zachariah Terrill, Co-manager McHenry Public Library District
  4. Jason F. Kuhl Jason F. Kuhl, Board liaison Director at Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  5. Belinda Husak Belinda Husak, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
  6. Carla J. Nolidis Carla J. Nolidis, Member Naperville Public Library
  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. Jennifer Worrell Jennifer Worrell, Member Illinois Institute of Technology
  14. Louise T. Svehla Louise T. Svehla, Member Consulting and Continuing Education Specialist at Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  15. Lynn M. Krambeer Lynn M. Krambeer, Member Library Assistant at Lake Forest Library
  16. Mary Beth Fuller Mary Beth Fuller, Member Bartlett Public Library District
  17. Melinda Provost Melinda Provost, Member Chicago Ridge 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. Theresa Therens Theresa Therens, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District

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