Level Up: Acing the Interview

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Time: 10-11am
Location: Zoom

Are you ready to take the next step in your library career? Does that new job sound like the perfect fit for you? Are you ready to explore new opportunities altogether?

In this program you will hear from job career and library professionals on what it takes to ace your next interview. You’ll learn how to prepare for the interview, build your confidence in highlighting the skills you already have and craft your interview answers to ensure that you will stand out in your next interview.

This is the first program in a new series developed by the Recharge Committee on Leveling Up your career.


  • Brittany Coleman, Info Services Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Members of the Recharge Committee

Cost: FREE!


This event is intended for library staff, library professionals, and library school students.

News Programs

Civic Engagement at the Library: Programs for the Political Climate

Date: Wednesday, May 23rd

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Libraries are increasingly asked to lead their communities in addressing political and other hot button topics. However, staff may feel at a loss for how to approach these less traditional programming topics.

At this panel, presenters will discuss the various initiatives they’ve led at their libraries ranging from programing on talking to kids about race, to how to engage elected officials, to holding a kindness rally. Participants will leave with strategies to successfully launch civic and political programming at their libraries.


Jose Cruz, Middle School Services Librarian, Oak Park Public Library

Skye Lavin, Adult Services Manager, Forest Park Public Library

Mike Monahan, Specialty Info Services Supervisor, Arlington Heights Public Library

Susan Wolf, Reference Manager, Northbrook Public Library

Cost: FREE




Small Town Connections – Civic Engagement at FPPL – Skye Lavin

Politics, Civics, and Public Libraries – Mike Monahan

Openness, Inclusivity, and Civic Engagement –  Susan Wolf


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


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.