Reaching Forward Forum (RF)

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to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.


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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2020 Reaching Forward Award Winners

Robert P. Doyle
ILA Conference Grant

Darnetta Bolton,
Orland Park Public Library

About the Award

Press Release 

Oberman and Rich Reaching
Forward Conference Grant

William Pleas,
Highland Park Public Library

About the award

Press Release 


Selection Process: The deadline to submit a 2021 nomination will be March 31, 2021You 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. Georgia Pichinos-Anderson Georgia Pichinos-Anderson, Manager Niles-Maine District Library
  2. Belinda Husak Belinda Husak, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
  3. Diana Wence Diana Wence, Member Waukegan Public Library
  4. Fallon White Fallon White, Member Chicago Public Library
  5. Joy Lang Joy Lang, Member Adult Services Clerk at Joliet Public Library
  6. Kristin Anderson Kristin Anderson, Member Lewis University Library
  7. Lisa A Horist Lisa A Horist, Member Asst. Circulation Manager at McHenry Public Library District
  8. Lynn Krambeer Lynn Krambeer, Member Lake Forest Library
  9. Patrice Johnson Patrice Johnson, Member Chicago Public Library
  10. Priscilla Resendiz Priscilla Resendiz, Member
  11. Sara Kennedy Sara Kennedy, Member Green Hills Public Library District
  12. Theresa Therens Theresa Therens, Member Algonquin Area Public Library District
  13. Wendy Roe Wendy Roe, Member Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District
  14. Heidi Knuth Heidi Knuth, Past Manager Youth Services Librarian/Preschool Outreach Coordinator at Bloomingdale Public Library
  15. Patrice Johnson Patrice Johnson, Past Manager Chicago Public Library
  16. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association

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