Member Networking Group

Tween Illinois Librarians

Networking, program sharing, and discussion for library staff working with tweens. We meet four times a year in the suburbs of Chicago to discuss library services to kids in approximately grades 3 to 8. Each meeting has a topic (including a discussion and sometimes a presentation), around-the-table time to discuss our successes and challenges, and a tour of the hosting library.

Library Early Literacy Advocates

Library Early Literacy Advocates (LELA) is a public library networking group comprised of early literacy professionals who support each other's efforts as they explore, evaluate, and create opportunities to raise awareness throughout their communities, utilizing proven practices and evidence-based research in the areas of early literacy, early learning, and brain development.

Association of Rural Community Directors

A Central IL group of rural directors of smallish libraries. We meet on the 3rd on the Wednesdays* from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. nine months of the year, with summers focused on our reading programming. All library directors in the area are welcome to join us, share, and learn from one another. We have a Facebook group (Association of Rural Community Directors ARC) that we post meeting dates and locations at, as well as agenda items.

*Our meeting dates do change on occasion due to our programing needs.


Are you a collaborative and innovative Adult Services leader located in Lake or McHenry county? Then join us! We support managers, department heads, and supervisors of Adult Services in public libraries. Topics during meetings include leadership, services, innovation, organizational structure & culture, technology, strategy, budgeting, programming, and the kitchen sink!

Feel free to join even if your library is in a different county; we accept everyone!

Children's Librarians' Association of the South Suburbs

CLASS is a professional organization of public youth librarians who are within the service area of RAILS and south of Interstate I-55(Stevenson Expressway).

The principal purpose of CLASS is to provide continuing education through an open avenue of exchange of materials, ideas and programs pertinent to Youth Services and to promote cooperation among public library members.


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