Partner Power: Tapping the Unlimited Power of Community Engagement

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

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

What does it take to be a powerful partner? Learn from the Gail Borden Public Library Community Engagement Team and their Community Partners on what it takes to make an impact in your community. Spark Talks will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions of library staff and their partners. Power up your Partners to expand your library’s community presence.

Cost: FREE – Sponsored by Today’s Business Solutions and H.W. Wilson.


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

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Programs Resources

Creating Community Connections

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015

Time: 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Location: Downers Grove Public Library, Meeting Room A&B

Community engagement is a buzz term right now in the library world for good reason. Now more than ever, libraries must look outside library walls to work with the community in new ways. Join the RLA-CE Committee for a panel discussion about current ideas in community engagement and outreach.


Susan Carlton, Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library, will speak about her library’s successful approach to assessing community needs and implementing that information into library planning.

Barbara Alvarez, Business Liaison Librarian at Barrington Area Library District, will share tips and resources on how to connect with the community and build successful relationships.

Alicia Hammond, Community Engagement Librarian at Forest Park Public Library, will give an overview of new and innovative community engagement ideas in the library world.


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