Reaching Forward Forum (RF)










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




News

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…

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Events

  1. Nov 1 2019

    Reaching Forward Meeting

    Friday, Nov 1, 2019 10:00am–12:00pm

    Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

  2. Jan 17 2020

    Reaching Forward Meeting

    Friday, Jan 17, 2020 10:00am–12:00pm

    Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

  3. Feb 21 2020

    Reaching Forward Meeting

    Friday, Feb 21, 2020 10:00am–12:00pm

    Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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Reaching Forward Awards

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.


Forum Leadership

  1. Heidi Knuth Heidi Knuth, Manager Youth Services Librarian/Preschool Outreach Coordinator at Bloomingdale Public Library
  2. Megan Millen Megan Millen, Board liaison Library Director at Joliet Public Library
  3. Belinda Husak Belinda Husak, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
  4. Fallon White Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library
  5. Jennifer Worrell Jennifer Worrell, Member Illinois Institute of Technology
  6. Kristin Anderson Kristin Anderson, Member Lewis University Library
  7. Lisa A Horist Lisa A Horist, Member Asst. Circulation Manager at McHenry Public Library
  8. Lynn M. Krambeer Lynn M. Krambeer, Member Library Assistant at Lake Forest Library
  9. Sara Kennedy Sara Kennedy, Member Green Hills Public Library District
  10. Theresa Therens Theresa Therens, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
  11. Wendy Roe Wendy Roe, Member Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District
  12. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Manager-Elect Niles-Maine District Library
  13. Patrice Johnson Patrice Johnson, Past Manager Chicago Public Library
  14. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association