For immediate release | August 22, 2018

"Veterans: They Served Us-Here's How to Serve Them" Upcoming Webinar

Since 2013, Gail Borden Public Library District has collaborated with local veterans to develop innovative programs that serve area veterans, including a groundbreaking project called "Veterans on the Go". Under the umbrella title of "Veterans on the Go", the library worked with partners to foster the Veterans Information Network Sessions: "Visiting Vets," veterans who visit veterans in senior residential facilities; and "Veterans Voices" to connect veterans who speak at local schools and organizations surrounding Veterans Day.

Join us as leaders from the Gail Borden Public Library District (GBPLD) present a webinar titled "Veterans: They Served Us-Here's How to Serve Them" on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 to learn how to build veteran-focused programs within your community by reaching partners and volunteers. You'll learn how to empower your local veterans to connect with other veterans, create a comfortable environment to share experiences, provide education to meet veterans' specialized needs, and ultimately honor and support your veteran community.

Hear from:

Ben Bahl, an Information Services Librarian with GBPLD who previously supervised a team of five responsible for delivering programming and services to customers of all ages across the library district, which spans more than 65 square miles and serves approximately 150,000 residents.

Tish Calhamer, the Community Engagement Manager with GBPLD, has worked there for 25 years, her one and only professional position since earning her MLIS from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign in 1993.

Glenna Godinsky, the Life Enrichment Liaison at GBPLD, has extensive experience in dementia care and currently designs and implements library programming for seniors (including veterans) in assisted living/memory care communities as well as residential development communities and developmental day programs.

Nancy Haggard, the Manager of Volunteer Services at GBPLD, has developed over 40 different volunteer assignments to help the library's innovative staff serve a diverse population. GBPLD volunteers serve traditional roles like shelving materials and shelf reading, but also as exhibit docents, outreach readers and program presenters and facilitators.

Stacy Raush, Business & Consumer Information Librarian at GBPLD, specializes in project management, creating public programs for adults and families, and grant writing and management. Ms. Rausch was the grant writer for the Gail's Toolkit website, an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Award-winning project.

Registration and more information regarding this upcoming webinar may be found by clicking here


Ninah F Moore

Training & Events Coordinator


(312) 280-4398