Field Trips

Field Trip: Kane County Law Library

DATE:  Friday, September 6, 2019

TIME:  10 AM – 12:30 PM

Kane County Law Library and Legal Self Help Center
37W777 Rt. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175

COST:  Free

Located within the Kane County Judicial Center, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center is open to the public and provides access to digital and print resources for legal research. Staffed by a team of library professionals, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center aims to “provide outstanding service, recognizing, supporting, and furthering open and equal access to legal and governmental information.”

Join us for a field trip to the law library, which will include a tour of the library followed by a presentation from the library’s director, Halle Cox, on the library’s resources and answers to the commonly asked questions by librarians and patrons. Prairie State Legal Services and Administer Justice will also give short presentations on their services. Lunch following the program will be provided to all attendees courtesy of the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center. For more information on Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center, please click here.

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Field Trip: Morton Arboretum

Date:  Friday, September 21

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle, IL 60532

Register Here


The Morton Arboretum was established in 1922 and envisioned to be a “great outdoor museum of trees.” Situated on over 1,700 acres on the banks of the DuPage River in Lisle, IL. The arboretum is home to 222,000 live plants and 4,300 taxa and houses a library, visitor’s center, children’s garden, maze, plant clinic, miles of trails, roads, and special exhibits.

Join us for a field trip to the arboretum which will include a tour of the Sterling Library, a Q&A session with staff and self-guided tour of the Children’s Garden and 30-minute narrated tram tour of the arboretum property. “The entire Arboretum has been certified as a Nature Explore Classroom, rich with opportunities for healthy learning. The unique areas of the Children’s Garden work as casual, outdoor classrooms that blend active learning and multi-sensory adventures.” The Q&A session will allow attendees to ask questions and gain insight of how to apply these concepts at their libraries. For more information on the Morton Arboretum, please click here.

This event is intended for library staff only.

Cost: FREE

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Field Trip: Stony Island Arts Bank


Date: Saturday, August 12

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Location: Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 South Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center in the South Shore neighborhood. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the bank at 68th Street and Stony Island Avenue was once a vibrant community savings and loan. By the eighties, the branch had closed and the building remained deteriorating for decades. Reopened in October 2015 by the Rebuild Foundation, the radically restored building serves as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage – and a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.

Join us for a tour of this special and beautiful community engagement space! Find out more about the Stony Island Arts Bank and the Rebuild Foundation here.

This event is intended for library staff only.


Field Trips Networking Programs

Field Trip: ALA Headquarters

ala-squareDate: Thursday, March 30

Time: 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Location: American Library Association, 40 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL

Join the Recharge Committee for a futures-focused field trip to the American Library Association in Chicago.  Hear about some of the ways that ALA is planning for the future of libraries with a visit to their headquarters, including a tour of the facilities and a roundtable discussion with ALA staffers from a variety of units.  Learn about ALA’s future-focused initiatives and activities as well as ways to maximize your membership.

Register today!


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Field Trip: Pritzker Military Museum

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016FRI, JUN 3 AT 2-00 PM, CHICAGO, ILPritzker Military Museum & Library Tour

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: Pritzker Military Museum and Library – 104 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Join us for a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour for librarians of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on Friday, June 3rd at 2pm.  Experience areas not normally available to the public like a white-glove rare book demonstration and archivist-led presentation from our special collections.

The Pritzker Military Library features a collection of books and films on subjects covering the full spectrum of American military history, along with military-themed posters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and other artifacts.

Afterwards, discuss and network with other attendees over drinks. Place TBA.

Space is limited. REGISTER HERE

Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS

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Field Trip: DuPage Children’s Museum

dupage children's museum

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: DuPage Children’s Museum – 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540


As more libraries provide hands-on learning experiences and interactive spaces for children and families, we can learn from children’s museums and their knowledge of child development, exhibit design, and techniques for scaffolding learning in their spaces.

Join the Recharge Committee at the recently renovated DuPage Children’s Museum to learn about the theory behind the design of the museum’s play areas and exhibits, and how they facilitate learning. Participants will hear a presentation by the DuPage Children’s Museum’s Early Childhood Specialist, and then tour the museum during open hours to see the exhibits in action!

9:30 – 10:00 AM – Arrival and networking

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM – “Theory Behind the Design” presentation & tour of the museum

Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Cost: FREE, sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning, and Recorded Books.

Field Trips Networking Programs

Field Trip: Latitude Chicago

Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015

Time: 2:00pm or 4:00pm

Where: Latitude Chicago — 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622

Shared workspaces, incubators and collaborative equipment are a rapidly growing trend across industries. Join us for a tour of one such workspace and gallery at Latitude Chicago. Afterwards, discuss with colleagues over a pint at Kaiser Tiger gastropub (1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601).

Latitude is a collaborative art and lab space featuring high end scanning and printing equipment, an artist-in-residence program and ongoing arts programming. More specialized than your average digital media lab, its focus is squarely on photo and print production. It is a non-profit that welcomes all members of the public including educators, enthusiasts, photographers, and students.

Latitude’s mission is “to provide access to high-end digital media equipment, a professional production space, and a curriculum dedicated to real-world workflows and contemporary art theory.”




Recharge Field Trip: Latitude Chicago

Images Courtesy of Latitude Chicago and Hedrich Blessing Photographers

Field Trips Programs

Graceland Cemetery Tour

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 11 am

Location: Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

One of the best sources for a community’s history can be found in the local cemetery, and Chicago is no exception. In fact, it contains some of the most historic in the country, the foremost of which is Graceland Cemetery.

graceland_cemetery_and_arboretumJoin Joe Collier, Business Reference Librarian at Mount Prospect Public Library, Jake Coolidge, Cartographer and Designer, and Anne Shaughnessy, Genealogy Librarian at Mount Prospect Public Library on a tour of this historic Chicago landmark. Learn how to utilize your own local cemetery for genealogy research and learn more about the rich history of Chicago and its architects. A new map of Graceland created by Jake and Joe will be provided as an example.

Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS

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Lillstreet Art Center Tour

Date: September 9, 2014

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Location: Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL

Interested in creating more arts programming at your library, or learning how to use art to create a culture of creativity at your library? Join RLA-CE  for a tour of Lillstreet Art Center. Learn about Lillstreet’s philosophy, best practices for developing programs for adults and kids, and how they use their physical space to support creativity and community. We’ll also hear about Lillstreet Ignite, a program that teaches businesses how to use art to foster staff collaboration and creativity. After, join us for a post-tour discussion at Mangal Bar & Grille.

Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet Art Center supports the arts through their education program, artist residencies, gallery exhibitions and retail sales opportunities, studio rentals, and arts-based professional development. Lillstreet is also the home to ArtReach, their sister organization providing arts education to underserved communities in Chicago. Lillstreet Ignite, a program of Lillstreet Art Center, provides local and national businesses and professionals an opportunity to use art as a tool for inquiry. They believe that bringing art and business together fosters collaboration, increases understanding among people, and creates a culture of creativity.

Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS

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Field Trip – Pumping Station: One

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Interested in creating a makerspace at your library? Visit one of the originals with RLA-CE when we tour Pumping Station: One. Get tips from Adam Dzak, one of PS: One’s Directors, on getting started with technology, building a community, finding freebies, and more. After, join us for a post-tour discussion at Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant.

If F.A.O. Schwartz is a playground for kids, then Pumping Station: One is the playground for kids at heart. PS: One is a a hackerspace where the community gets to decide what types of tools and resources to include. Drill presses, 3D printers, electron microscopes, welding gear, and IT equipment are all available. PS: One is a community first and a “space” second. It is a 180+-member collective of carpenters, metal workers, cyclists, tailors/seamstresses, web developers, micro-brewers, game developers, musicians, car enthusiasts, college professors, men, women, and above all else, people obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge.

When: Wednesday, May 8th, 7PM (our first evening event!)
Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE! Sponsored by Gale and H.W. Wilson
Questions: Contact Us
Register: THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL. You can add your name to the WAITING LIST and we will contact you if we can fit any others into the program. Add your name to the waiting list here.