River Forest Public Library River Forest Public Library

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees generally meets at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room on the first floor and are open to the public. Check the calendar for dates. Board members are elected for six-year terms in consolidated April elections.


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Thomas Smedinghoff, President (term ends April 2023)

Deborah Hill, Vice President (term ends April 2023)

Katherine Bevan, Treasurer (term ends April 2021)

Joan O’Connor, Secretary (term ends April 2019)

Alice Calabrese-Berry (term ends April 2021)

Ates Dagli (term ends April 2019)

Eleanor Long (term ends April 2023)

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, January 15
Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, April 16
Tuesday, May 21
Tuesday, June 18
Tuesday, July 16
Tuesday, September 17
Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday, November 19

Agendas & Minutes

Download upcoming meeting agendas and past agendas and meetings minutes.

Procedure for Future Interested Trustees

Thank you for your interest in joining the River Forest Public Library Board of Trustees. We invite you to attend a Library Board meeting. The Board generally meets every third Tuesday at 7:30 PM at the Library.

Board Responsibilities:
• Governance
• Policies
• Employ and evaluate Library Director
• Comply with state legal requirements, including annual filing of Cook County Statement of Economic Interest
• Advocacy

• Adopt (and revise) policies to govern library programs and operations
• Adopt Annual Budget and approve monthly warrants
• Participate in annual Director evaluation
• Support our three – five year Strategic Plan and its implementation
• Prepare for and attend Library Board meetings and committee meetings

RFPL Board of Trustees will have two 6 year seats up for election in April 2, 2019. For more candidate information view the Candidate’s Guide issued by the Illinois State Board of Elections.