Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Programming through Partnership for Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome


Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (CST)
Cost: FREE!
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL

According to the CDC, one in 68 children has autism, and numbers are rising. As these kids turn 21, all of the supports and services they have been receiving under the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will no longer be available to them. 

Programming through Partnership for Adults with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome will showcase a dynamic panel discussion featuring Kate Niehoff, Program & Outreach Coordinator from Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) and Targeting Autism Forum participant. This panel will focus on a series of programs at STDL targeted on its adult patrons with ASD.  Representatives from STDL’s community partners, including the local school district, community college, autism resource center, and an involved parent of an adult son with autism will talk about the specific needs of the ASD community and how public libraries across the state can help fill some of the current gaps in service.

Click here to register for the event.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Institute for Therapy Through the Arts Open House

 Sharing an invitation to a wonderful event!

Institute for Therapy Through the Arts (ITA) Open House
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 2:00-7:00pm
1702 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

We would like to invite our colleagues in the educational, mental health, and medical communities to join us for an open house at our facility in downtown Evanston. We've planned an enjoyable and informative event providing you with many opportunities to learn about creative arts therapy and ITA. Come and take part in several interactive demonstrations of music, art, dance/movement, and drama therapies.  We will also be offering continuing education workshops throughout the day for school psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers and counselors.  Please sign up for which you would like to attend. There is a one time $15 fee if you wish to earn continuing education credit for these.

Join us at this excellent networking event, whether you stay for 20 minutes or 2 hours! Refreshments provided.


Have questions about Institute for Therapy through the Arts?  Contact ITA

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Serving Deaf Patrons" with ASL Interpreter Kathy MacMillan

Come to the joint NWYS/CLASS meeting on Monday, November 9 and learn from librarian and certified ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan as she provides tips on serving hearing impaired patrons in our libraries and basic conversational signs for a library setting.

Kathy MacMillan is co-author of Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, a professional resource for librarians, teachers, and educators that provides strategies for serving deaf and hard of hearing children combining American Sign Language and early literacy activities.

  • 9:30 am—10:15 am NWYS & CLASS Business Meeting (NWYS and CLASS members)
  • 10:15 am—10:30 am Break
  • 10:45 am—11:45 am Serving Hearing Impaired Patrons
  • 12:00 pm—1:00 pm Lunch*
  • 1:00 pm—1:30 pm Tour of LaGrange Public Library

Program Cost: Free for NWYS/CLASS Members and $10 for non-members

*Lunch: $10; box lunch choices are: (specify selection in RSVP): Chicken Pesto, Tomato Mozzarella (vegetarian), Turkey swiss, Ham or Turkey on Pretzel roll, Roast beef on Sesame roll; please make checks payable to NWYS

RSVP to: Vicki Rakowski at rakowskiv@lagrangelibrary.org