Programs Resources

Extending Our Reach: Libraries, Social Workers, and Community Partnerships

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Time: 2:00-4:30pm

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library (Hendrickson Room), 500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights

Increasingly libraries across the country are seeing a need to provide social services to the populations they serve. Many libraries are starting to work more closely with social service agencies in their communities and some libraries have hired social workers as part of their staff. The panel will provide insights from three area libraries and their experiences in extending their reach to address the social service needs in their community. After the presentations there will be time to ask questions.


Victoria Bran, Village of Mount Prospect, Community Connection Center Coordinator

Maria Garstecki, South Branch Manager/Outreach Librarian, Mount Prospect Public Library

Laurel Johnson, Young Adult Librarian, Skokie Public Library

Robert Simmons, Manager of Community Resources, Oak Park Public Library


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



Laurel Johnson

Victoria Bran / Maria Garstecki

Robert Simmons


Building Online Community with LocalWiki

building online community with localwikiDate: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Morton Grove Public Library — 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053

Libraries are working harder than ever to discover new and exciting ways to work with the community. Virtual community engagement is one of those ways. Librarians nationwide have begun participating in the LocalWiki project, a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge. By adopting LocalWiki and facilitating the project, librarians are presenting community members with a tool for crowdsourcing hyper-local information. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on how two libraries began the project in their respective communities.


Bill Pardue, Digital Services Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Nitoshia L. Ford, Community Informatics Librarian at Skokie Public Library

: FREE — Sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, and Recorded Books

Field Trips Programs

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

Field Trips Programs

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.


3D Printing Summit

3D printing summit blog post

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Location: Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Library

Are you interested in starting a 3D printing program at your library, or do you already have one and would like to learn some tips and tricks from other libraries?

At the 3D Printing Summit, you will hear from four libraries with successful 3D printing programs. Learn what has worked for them and what hasn’t, hear their 3D printing best practices, and get ideas for starting or building on your 3D printing program. After the presentations, there will be a moderated discussion with time to ask questions or share your own experiences.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the 95th Street Library.


Jonathan Charles, Naperville Public Library
Cathleen Doyle, Northbrook Public Library
Barbara Fitzgerald and Emilie Alcock, Mount Prospect Public Library
Brian Wilson, Ela Area Public Library

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

Program Resources:

Brian’s slides and notes

Barbara’s and Emilie’s slides

Jonathan’s slides


Jobs & College & Careers, Oh My!

jobs and college and careers, oh my!Date:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time:  2:00-4:00pm

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Hendrickson Room on the 2nd Floor

Join the Recharge Committee for a great presentation and panel discussion at Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 30.  Our speakers will share their expertise in providing library services to set teens down the right road with Job & Career Fairs, college readiness tips, and more.  Learn how to incorporate these important teen programs into your own library’s services.


Melissa Lane, Teen Outreach Coordinator at Gail Borden Public Library

Billie Moffett, Manager of Studio 270 Teen Center at Gail Borden Public Library

Tom Spicer, Assistant Manager of Customer Services at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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


Recharge Unconference 2015

Date: October 30, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Gail Borden Public Library District, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120

Looking to re-energize your innovation and creativity? Join us as we transform to Recharge: Continuing Education for Library Leaders at our first Unconference. You’ll participate in hands-on learning activities, hear from innovators in the field, and be inspired by keynote speaker, Beck Tench, an educator, designer, and technologist. This isn’t your average unconference. Be prepared to move, explore, discuss, and have fun!

To Recharge, participants will:

  • Rethink space, physical, mental and personal
  • Transcend barriers to collaboration
  • Engage in active learning
  • Expand creative networks
  • Explore new, inspiring ideas

Activities will include:

  • Keynote presentation and learning experience with Beck Tench
  • Experiential learning activity to expand your communication and creativity
  • Power presentations from library leaders
  • Opportunities to connect and share with your library community

Cost: FREE — Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS. Optional $10 boxed lunch from Panera. Beverages are not included.


“Unconference: Cultivate Conversations on Culture”
Anne Belden and Tony Hahn



Networking Programs

Check Out the Recharge Workshop Line Up!


In addition to Beck Tench as the keynote speaker, the Recharge Unconference offers amazing local librarians leading mini workshops. Your library peers will share their best tools to empower you to regain energy, get inspired, and increase creativity. Check out the full line up of Recharge Workshops below!

Build New Partnerships Through Shared Economy
Amy Killebrew & Vicki Rakowski, Make it @ Your Library

Shared economy (or sharing economy or peer economy) is a growing trend usually associated with online services like Airbnb, Uber, and a myriad of others. The team behind Make it @ Your Library will discuss some of the things they learned about merging their mission with the sharing economy, and lead the conversation on how libraries are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this trend.

Create Common Ground Through Aspirations
Susan Carlton, Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library

When we talk about aspirations, we improve the chance of finding common ground to better learn to work together and get stuff done.  Learn about the aspirations conversation that is used in the Harwood Institute’s training.

Cultivate Conversations on Culture
Anne Belden, Head of Adult Reference at Ela Area Public Library
Tony Hahn, Reference Librarian at Des Plaines Public Library

Values and culture statements are at the core of designing library services and are known to have a powerful influence on the staff and library users. Join us for an anonymous sampling of values and culture statements from for-profit companies and libraries followed by a discussion on ways to cultivate a positive cultural shift.

Expand Your User Experience Toolkit
Brodie Austin, ‎Virtual Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library

If you’re an innovator, your toolkit needs to include solid interviewing techniques for customer and market research. One such technique is the “jobs to be done” interview. We’re going to learn what it is, how to do it, and how to identify the “jobs” that users hire your library to do.

Defy Traditional Work Space
Bille Jo Moffett, Manager of Studio 270 at Gail Borden Public Library

Think differently about space in your library and how to work within it. Learn tips and tricks to abandon your desk and work freely throughout the library.

Find Your Platform for Creativity
Amy Holcomb, ‎Co-Chair of Recharge

This session will share a variety of resources to encourage playful learning outside the library to help spark creativity and inspiration.

Practice Creative Adaptations
Alicia Hammond, Co-Chair of Recharge
Magan Szwarek, Adult Services Manager at Forest Park Public Library

You don’t need to a library genius to create amazing experiences and services for your community. In this session, learn about remixing and scaling to creatively adapt great ideas to your community no matter the size or demographics.  

Register for the Unconference!


Programming through Partnership for Adults with High-Functioning Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Time: 9:30-11am

Location: Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg IL

Join the Recharge Committee for a great panel discussion at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Wednesday, November 11.

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention reports that one in 68 children have autism—and the numbers are rising. As these kids turn 21, all of the supports and services they have been receiving under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are no longer available.

Learn how the Schaumburg Township District Library implemented a successful series of programs targeted towards its adult patrons with ASD. Representatives from STDL’s community partners will talk about the specific needs of the ASD community and how public libraries can help fill some of the gaps in service.


Kate Niehoff
Program & Outreach Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Linda Hoeck
Program Coordinator
Career Skills Institute at Harper College

Teri Dudasik
Parent in the Schaumburg community

Alexian Brothers Autism & Developmental Disorders Resource Center

Register here


Introducing the Recharge Unconference Keynote Speaker


The Recharge Unconference is quickly approaching in October! We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our amazing keynote speaker Beck Tench.

Beck Tench is an independent educator, storyteller, technologist, and designer who writes, draws, and presents on fear, failure, and change. Beck will open the unconference with this talk:

Librarians in Space: How to make space, find courage, and take risks in your life and library
What would you do, if on the first day your job your director told you that if you didn’t fail, she or he would be disappointed in you? How would you fail on purpose? Fail productively? Fail without shame? Beck Tench shares her experience of being told exactly that on July 7, 2008 and what she did before, during, and after to come to a place where failure, risk, and change — while still scary — are possible in her life and work. Regardless if your director encourages failure as a goal, it is a reality for the change that libraries need to make. Learn how to make space for it, use it, and be changed by it.

You won’t want to miss this great talk!

Sign up today for the Unconference!

Find out more about Beck at her site