Level Up: Build Your Facilitation Skills for Effective Meetings

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: Zoom

What makes meetings not suck? Good facilitation! How do you become a good facilitator? By learning the tools and skills needed to effectively manage groups and increase engagement. In this session, we’ll discuss how to prepare for and facilitate meetings by reviewing how to develop an agenda, tools to ensure all voices are heard, and what to do when there’s conflict. You’ll leave this session feeling confident that your next meeting will rock!

Cost: FREE! Space is limited.


Video recording, available until Dec. 5, 2022.

This is the third program in our Level Up series on recharging your career.

About our presenter, Amanda Standerfer:

Amanda Standerfer’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda’s consulting practice Fast Forward Libraries has worked with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building. Amanda has 15 years of experience at various positions in public libraries, most recently as the Director of Community Engagement for The Urbana (IL) Free Library. She also has 7 years of experience working in the philanthropy sector. She has a BA and MA in History from Eastern Illinois University and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

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.


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.

Field Trips

Field Trip – Pumping Station: One

pumping station 1

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.

The Modern Discussion Group – Books Optional

The discussion group LitLounge, sponsored by Skokie and Morton Grove Public Libraries

We all knew it was inevitable once libraries started easing on their “NO BEVERAGES ALLOWED” rule. Discussion groups were going to be held in bars. Or even if they were still held in the Library, they…they….they weren’t BOOK CLUBS anymore! No more pound cake! No more (or maybe just less of) Alexander McCall Smith! Is that an actual MALE attending?!? And he’s not handcuffed to his wife or looking for extra credit for his Lit 115 course?

It’s true…discussion groups are changing and RLA-CE is here to get you up to date. Amita Lonial, Adult Services Program Coordinator at the Skokie Public Library will talk about some of the great, unique discussion groups happening at her library. She’ll also talk about the lessons learned from some not so great discussion groups that didn’t quite make the cut. Rebecca Vnuk, Editor, Reference and Collection Management – Booklist at American Library Association (but really, we love her for her work at Shelf Renewal in all incarnations, right?) will cover the basics that go a long way towards making any discussion group a success (hint – pound cake ain’t always bad).

If you’re looking to start a new discussion group, or just give the one you already run a boost of creativity, you need to be at the Northbrook Public Library on Monday, November 26 at 9:30.

When: Monday, November 26 9:30 am – 12 pm

Where: Northbrook Public Library Auditorium 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL

Cost: FREE Sponsored by Gale Cenage Learning

Register: HERE

Questions? Contact us.