Continuing Education News

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - May 20, 2015

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL

Anyone involved in world language and ESL collection development is welcome to attend. The topic of this meeting will be a continuation of our October 22, 2014 and February 18, 2015 meetings - Immigrant Communities and ESL: Programs, Outreach and Collection Development.

This will be an informal "networking" meeting with no specific presenters or vendors. We will continue our discussion of ESL and immigrant community programming, outreach and resources. In addition, please be ready to share:

  • world language and diversity programming successes and failures for adults, teens and children
  • ideas about how to enhance and promote world language collections with low circulation especially Spanish language collections - IF YOU HAVE A SPANISH COLLECTION,  PLEASE BRING A LIST OF YOUR TOP CIRCULATING SPANISH TITLES (5 to 10 tiles would be great)
  • newsletters, surveys, signage, flyers, etc. which might be of interest to the group
  • your "top five" ESL materials or resources

Please RSVP To Aldona Salska at asalska [at] phpl [dot] info ( )asalska [at] phpl [dot] info

Opportunity for Makers in Motion and 4G STEM

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? APPLY!  

We are accepting up to 5 area* teachers for 4G STEM Camp and 5 area librarians and/or teachers for the Makers in Motion Camp (see below).

In addition to 40 hours of continuing education credits, teachers/librarians will be paid a stipend of $500 for their participation in an orientation session prior to camp, camp session and follow-up planning workshop. Applications for participation in the program will be considered through May 15, 2015.

Please send a letter electronically or by mail stating your interest in participation in the camp as a learner and coach, how you intend to use the information in your classroom, and one reference.

Please send a letter of interest to:

Judy Schmidt, Extension Educator, 4-H Metro Youth Development Educator, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, 4810 North Sheridan, Peoria, IL 61614.

Phone: 309-685-3140
schmid7 [at] illinois [dot] edu

4G STEM Camp for Girls

Join us July 6 – 10

Bradley University

The 4G STEM Camp for Girls aims to overcome barriers for girls getting involved with STEM. The camp is designed around site visits to four Peoria area businesses (each tract will only see two area businesses in this model). Successful women working in STEM careers provide an orientation to their work, including the skills, technologies, and strategies used to excel in their jobs. Camp experiences ignite a spark of possibility within these girls, grounded in the reality of dynamic women leading creative, fulfilling careers in Peoria.

The Digital Learning Studio will be held on campus at Bradley University, with instruction provided by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign faculty and staff. The experience in design thinking, and creative problem-solving will mirror the skills observed in workplace site visits provided during the camp.

Makers in Motion Camp

Join us July 27 – 31

Peoria Riverfront Museum and CATERPILLAR Visitors Center

Learn alongside young people as they get to be innovators, creators, critical thinkers, and doers during this week long camp at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Explore behind the scenes and create your own exhibit utilizing the mobile digital learning studio. Visit DINOSAURS IN MOTION with museum staff, to gain a unique perspective on how the exhibits are developed and how the dinosaurs move. A Mobile Digital Learning Studio will be part of the camp experience, with instruction provided by University of Illinois Urbana Champaign faculty and staff. The experience in design thinking, and creative problem-solving will mirror the processes utilized in creating museum exhibits.

Take a virtual ride in one of the world's largest mining trucks. Explore Caterpillar’s history, product development, technology, and careers with a team-based scavenger hunt that includes conversations with human resources experts in various functional areas. Test your skills using the same simulation technology Caterpillar uses to train its operators in a simulator competition.

*Peoria, Tazewell, Fulton, and Woodford County area.

Carson Block Live! on Libraries & SXSW (South by Southwest) June 5

Carson Block has been a library technologist for 20 years - as a library worker, IT Director and now a Library Technology Consultant.  His passions include leading technology visioning, planning and other activities designed to held build the library's capacity to serve communities.  

Libraries help people, and Carson helps libraries.  It's that simple!

Libraries and South by Southwest (SXSW)

Library activity at the annual SXSW Interactive and EDU conferences in Austin TX is at a fever pitch!

As a place of convergence, the conferences are a place to learn about and experience new technologies *before* they become mainstream. 

Library workers of all disciplines pony up the significant cost to attend SXSW to:

  • Evangelize libraries
  • And bring back new ideas that they can use. 

Come learn about both efforts -- and ask questions about SXSW!

Oak Park Public Library

Veterans Room

834 Lake St.

Oak Park, IL 60301

Friday, June 5, 2015

Meeting and Program Agenda:

 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.       Coffee and Conversation

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      Presentation and Q&A


Library Education Scholarships

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley (CFFRV) is offering a Library Education Scholarship to public library staff members in their service area. Library employees currently enrolled in a Library Technical Assistant’s (LTA) program are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. Employees enrolled in a Master’s of Library Science (MLS) program may apply for a $1,500 scholarship. The application deadline is Monday, July 13, 2015. Awards will be announced in mid-August.

These scholarships are supported by the contributions of library professionals who are interested in educating the next generation of librarians to face the challenges of the future.

To determine if the library is in the service area of the CFFRV, see the map at:

Applications and more information can be found at: