Programs by Title

Active Shooter

While we hope the day never comes when this training is needed, it is always better to be prepared.  Sergeant Matt Breihan will teach the basics of active shooter training to attendees.  These basics should help any library, with any set up, save lives in an unthinkable event.

Presented by: 
Sergeant Matt Breihan
Edwardsville Police Department

DNA Decoding and Debunking: Genetic Genealogy and Libraries

Over the last few years, DNA tests have grown in popularity as the prices have dropped. More and more people are testing themselves and their relatives in a quest to learn more about their family history. This explosion of information and data has brought new questions to the table for genealogy research. Take this opportunity to learn some information about DNA testing and just what DNA tests can do help our customers with their family trees. We will be also be debunking a few myths about what happens when you submit your DNA test.

Presented by: 
Amber Lowery
Peoria Public Library

Getting In to Getting OUT!

Escape rooms are not just for TV shows anymore. So, if it is all about getting out, how do we get them to come in? Come listen to our experience of doing a Harry Potter themed escape room, from gathering supplies and plotting clues to exploding on social media and having trial runs. Join us to get tips and observations from hosting two afternoons of entertainment in one of our most successful programs so far this year.

Presented by: 
Karla Wilkinson 
Peoria Public Library

A hurricane won’t stop this library!

Citizens of Illinois have seen our share of tornadoes and flash floods.  We have never seen a hurricane.  Let alone two hurricanes in a short time span. San Juan Community library had this experience in 2017 when their island home was decimated by back to back hurricanes.  This island territory of the US has been in recovery for months, with many more years to go.  Connie Estades will be joining us via Zoom over lunch to discuss how their library is doing since this catastrophic event.

Presented by: 
Connie Estades
San Juan Community Library

Library of Technology

Tech devices have become the dividing gap in populations of have and have not users.  For years Libraries have lent out eReaders from various companies, but the Library of Technology will go beyond lending out eReaders and look at coding teaching toys, 3D printers, and even telescopes.  This panel will look at what and why some libraries lend out technology tools.

Presented by: 
Matt Henninger 
Illinois State Library
Leander Spearman 
Belleville Public Library  

Library of Things

Would you like to learn how to sew, but don’t want to buy an expensive sewing machine?  Or how about letting your child play with almost every version of American Girl dolls and the stories to go with them?  Do you like to exercise but worry that today’s fad will be the junk in your garage tomorrow?  Well than you should borrow these things from the library and give them a trial run first.  Libraries are lending out all sorts of things from tools, dolls, and even tables.  Get some ideas on a Library of Things that you could bring to your services.

Presented by: 
Juliette Douglas 
Six Mile Regional Library District
Anita Driver 
Jerseyville Public Library  
Effingham Public Library
Edwardsville Public Library

No 'Kid'ding - Programming for Teens and Adults

Parents often seek out fun and free activities at the library for their little ones, but it can be tough to attract older kids and adults to events that pique their own interests - and even harder to keep them coming back.  This seminar discusses and analyzes how to plan, host, and promote events that appeal to teens and adults.  Case studies include tech-driven events for teens and self-improvement classes for adults.

Presented by: 
Matt Harris and Terry Pierson 
Mississippi Valley Library District

The Right Side of the Law!

Phil Lenzini will be with RFS for the day to discuss your law questions as it relates to various aspects of your library.  Is your library wondering about the legal ramifications of carrying an EPI Pen or Narcan?  What about changes to employment law?  Are you a city library with questions about becoming a district?  Now is your chance to ask.  Phil will be doing one session on his chosen topic of the day, and will be on hand all day though Office Hours for questions that require a little more privacy.

Presented by: 
Phil Lenzini