Meetings and Topics


All meetings start with an eat & greet at 9:00am. Official business begins at 9:30am and usually ends around noon.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Topics: Libraries' role in serving patrons with special needs, Introductions to the members, Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Playgroups

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Skokie Public Library
Topics: Sensory Storytime, Apps for Sensory Storytime, Optional  "Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" ALA online class (Part I) from 1:30 to 3:00pm.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Glenside Public Library
Topics: Disabilities Awareness presentation by JJ Hanley of JJs List, Community Needs Assessment, Program marketing and registration, Optional "What's After Storytime: Programming for Children and Tweens with Autism" webinar 1:00-2:00pm

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vernon Area Public Library
Topics: Adaptive book presentation by Rita Angelini of Leap into Literacy, hi-low books, summer reading club modifications, high school special education outreach
Optional  "Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" ALA online class (Part II)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Deerfield Public Library
Topics: Technology and new media presentation by Tamara Kaldor of Chicago Play PRO; learn how you can get more involved in SNAILS; hear how Deerfield Public Library is offering inclusive services, and take a tour of the newly designed library.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Batavia Public Library
Topics: National Lekotek Center's play therapy and toy-lending library; Librarian Jo Kaeding, from Australia, shares her PhD research on libraries serving special needs; optional afternoon Lekotek Facilitating Play for Children of All Abilities workshop

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tinley Park Public Library
Topics: Share your latest inclusive programs; hear Rose Chenoweth of RAILS Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center; and brainstorm inclusive summer reading program ideas for the 2016 IREAD manual.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Oak Park Public Library
Topics: Presentation by Jorie Sigesmund of The Theraplay Institute; Oak Park Public Library's services to patrons with special needs

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Naperville Public Library
95th Street Branch
Topics: Giant Steps music therapist Kylie Kirksey and Learning and Behavior Specialist Joy Cooper will share general supports for persons with autism. Barb Prescott of Naperville Public Library will talk about the programs she developed with Community Access Naperville (CAN) for young adults (ages 18-25) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Glenview Public Library
Topics: Reading Disabilities presentation by North Shore Pediatric Therapy; Glenview Public Library's inclusive Friendship Club and other programs; round robin member sharing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Glen Ellyn Public Library
Topics: One Size Doesn't Fit All: Building a Collection for Youth with Disabilities webinar, Glen Ellyn services to high school special education classes, tour of new Youth Services Department

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Mount Prospect Public Library
Topics: Presentation by Melissa Lundt from Child's Voice: general knowledge and history of hearing loss; strategies for libraries and librarians in serving children with hearing loss and their families; tour of Mount Prospect Public Library

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Gail Borden Public Library District
Topics: Accessibility and Universal Design in library's with emphasis on spaces and programs presented by Carli Spina. Overview of Gail Borden Public Library's services with focus on special exhibit programming and marketing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016  
Plainfield Public Library
Topics: District 202 Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO) founders Lauren Longo and Chris Loeffler tell their personal stories as parents of children with disabilities and talk about how they got SEPTO started in Plainfield, what the organization does, and how libraries can work with such organizations to reach and serve families. Sue Parsons shares Plainfield Pulic Library's sensory storytime programs and website resources.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Northbrook Public Library
Topics: Maria Papanastassiou, Early Literacy Services Supervisor at Arlington Heights Memorial Library, and Beth Deiter, Speech-Language Pathologist, present "Early Intervention 101: Overview and the Library's Role in Serving an Early Intervention Population." Northbrook Public Library highlights new programs and special needs collection kits.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017  
Chinatown Branch, Chicago Public Library
Topics: Deaf Culture and ASL presentation by Chicago Children's Librarian Evelyn Keolian; tour of the new Chinatown Branch.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017  
Deerfield Public Library
Topics: Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II - local and state government) by Robin Jones of the Great Lakes ADA Center.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Schaumburg Township District Library
Topic: Jen Dolson and Kourtney Klemczak of Beyond Center Stage share their inclusive dance program, Beyond Barriers, and provide tips on how to get kids of all abilities moving. Rosanna Santana shares Schaumburg Township District Library's inclusive programming and services.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library
Topics: Universally Designed Informal Learning Spaces by Abigail Diaz, Museum of Science and Industry. A tour of the newly redesigned Thomas Hughes Children's Library and an overview of inclusive services at Chicago Public Library.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Brookfield Public Library
Topics: Beth Speaker-Christensen of AAC Helper and Easter Seals of DuPage and Fox Valley talked about language development, assistive technology, and strategies libraries can use to better serve patrons with speech/language differences. 
Overview of Brookfield Public Library's services and resources for persons with disabilities, including a monthly Special Needs Playgroup.