Our mission is to provide professional opportunities for library staff
to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.
Reaching Forward Annual Conference
The 28th annual conference will be held May 5, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois.
Reaching Forward Awards
The 2016 award winners were announced and recognized at this year’s conference.
Addison Public Library
Robert P. Doyle Award
Highland Park Public Library
Selection Process: Nominations for 2017 will be accepted through March 31, 2017. 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.
- Veronica De Fazio, Co-manager Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District
- Zachariah Terrill, Co-manager McHenry Public Library District
- Jason F. Kuhl, Board liaison Director at Arlington Heights Memorial Library
- Carla J. Nolidis, Member Naperville Public Library
- Courtney Tedrick, Member Programming Librarian at Wheaton Public Library
- Cynthia L. Fuerst, Member Vernon Area Public Library District
- Diane Gioe, Member Poplar Creek Public Library District
- Emily Bayci, Member Naperville Public Library
- Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Member Highland Park Public Library
- Heidi Knuth, Member Youth Services Librarian/Preschool Outreach Coordinator at Bloomingdale Public Library
- Jane Jenkins, Member Director at Green Hills Public Library District
- Janet Wigodner, Member Waukegan Public Library
- Louise T. Svehla, Member Consulting and Continuing Education Specialist at Reaching Across Illinois Library System
- Mary Beth Fuller, Member Bartlett Public Library District
- Melinda Provost, Member Chicago Ridge Public Library
- Pat Tunstall, Member
- Patrice Johnson, Member Chicago Public Library
- Samantha Chiappone, Member Mount Prospect Public Library
- Sangeeta Bhargava, Member Reference Librarian at Schaumburg Township District Library
- Teri Scallon, Member Arlington Heights Memorial Library
- Trixie Dantis, Member Teen Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library