Thank you to everyone who attended the Reaching Forward South 2015 conference! We hope you enjoyed the presentations and we appreciate your feedback. Also, a special thank you to all our presenters! We will be back Spring 2017. The official date and location will be posted in the coming months. See you all in 2017!

“Working Together, Building Our Future”

Date of Conference: April 17, 2015

Location: University of Illinois Springfield, 2200 Ernest Hemingway Dr., Springfield, IL 62703

Conference Schedule:

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Session One

Room One: Library System History – IHLS

Room Two: Genealogy On a Budget

Room Three: Children’s Programming: iRead: “Reading to the Rhythm” Tips and Ideas to Make Your Summer Rock! | Make It

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. – Morning Break

10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. – Session Two

Room One: Library System History – RAILS

Room Two: Weeding and Book Repair

Room Three: Teen Programming: NIU STEM – From Sci-Fi to Sci-Facts: Helping Readers Explore the Science Behind the Fiction

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Session Three

Room One: Customer Service: Serving the Spanish Speaking Community

Room Two: Edge Initiative | Smart Tech Tips

Room Three: Kickstart Community Caring | Got eBooks? Expand Your Collection with eRead Illinois

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. – Afternoon Break

2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Session Four

Room One: Making An Educational Video of Your Library

Room Two: A Peek Behind the PAC

Room Three: Children’s Programming: Reaching the Kids On the Edge: The Book Buggy in Motion | Little Free Libraries

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

Vendor and Services Showcase:

Map Library

Digitization and Digital Services


Talking Books

Library Systems


Email: contact@reachingforwardsouth.org