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The 30th annual Reaching Forward will be held Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois.
Reaching Forward Conference Information
- Reaching Forward: Thirty Years Strong... and Counting!
- December 12, 2018
- The December 2018 issue of the ILA Reporter features an article on the 30-year history of Reaching Forward, written by Heidi Knuth, Bloomingdale Public Library/Reaching Forward Co-Chair.
- Reaching Forward Call for Program Proposals
- October 4, 2018
- The Reaching Forward Conference Committee is accepting program submissions for the 2019 Conference, which will be held Friday, May 3, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Proposals must be submitted using the online proposal form. Incomplet…
Friday, Jun 7, 2019 10:00am–12:00pm
Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Reaching Forward Awards
The 2018 award winners were recognized at this year’s conference.
Robert P. Doyle Award
River Valley District Library
Submit an Oberman-Rich Award Nomination
Submit a Robert P. Doyle Award Nomination
Selection Process: The deadline to submit a nomination is March 31, 2020. Nominations will open in January 2020. 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.
- Heidi Knuth, Co-manager Youth Services Librarian/Preschool Outreach Coordinator at Bloomingdale Public Library
- Patrice Johnson, Co-manager Chicago Public Library
- Megan Millen, Board liaison Library Director at Joliet Public Library
- Belinda Husak, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
- Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library
- Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Member Highland Park Public Library
- Jane Jenkins, Member Director at Green Hills Public Library District
- Janet Wigodner, Member Highwood Public Library
- Jennifer Worrell, Member Illinois Institute of Technology
- Kristin Anderson, Member Lewis University Library
- Louise T. Svehla, Member Adult Services Librarian at Joliet Public Library
- Lynn M. Krambeer, Member Library Assistant at Lake Forest Library
- Melinda Provost, Member Chicago Ridge Public Library
- Samantha M Chiappone, Member Branch Manager at Algonquin Area Public Library District
- Sara Kennedy, Member Green Hills Public Library District
- Theresa Therens, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
- Veronica De Fazio, Past Manager Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District
- Zachariah Terrill, Past Manager McHenry Public Library District
- Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association