Responsibility: Meet Rockford Public Library candidates for executive director

The Board of Trustees for the Rockford Public Library announced the final candidates for the position of executive director.

After considering several candidates, the board has selected four top candidates to move on in the process.


Board of Trustees President Paul Logli said: “We are very pleased with our selection and know that among our finalists, we will be able to secure the best candidate for the position. We have some challenging times ahead and we strongly believe that all the candidates exhibit the leadership qualities which exemplify the direction the library and our community are looking for.”

About the Candidates

Shannon Halikias was most recently the executive director of the Lisle Library District in Lisle, Illinois. In this position she oversaw a staff of 80 employees and a budget of over $5 Million. While at Lisle Library District, Shannon led a renovation project of their main library. Prior to her time at Lisle, she was a branch manager at the Aurora Public Library for four years. She obtained her Masters of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University.

Susan Henricks has served as the director of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, in Dubuque, Iowa, for the past 12 years. While there, she led a five-phase, two-year complete renovation of their main library. She currently oversees a staff of 68 employees and a budget near $4 Million. Prior to her library career, Susan worked in the private sector as a marketing manager. She obtained her Masters of Library Science from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy: Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College. Susan is a Rockford native.

Fayrene Muhammad served as deputy director of the Rockford Public Library for seven years; she currently serves as the interim executive director. Fayrene’s career of increasing responsibility at the Rockford Public Library has spanned over 14 years. In addition to her time at the Rockford Public Library, Fayrene’s career includes three years at the Evanston Public Library. Fayrene obtained her Masters of Library Science from the University of Illinois.

Lynn Stainbrook is the director of the Brown County Library, serving the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area where she oversees eight branch libraries, 130 staff, and a budget of over $7 million. Prior to leading the Brown County Library, Lynn was the Executive Librarian at the Arlington Heights (Illinois) Library. She has experience with all aspects of major building projects. Lynn obtained her Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lynn is a Janesville, Wisconsin, native.

Public Meet and Greet Sessions

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m., Susan Henricks
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m., Fayrene Muhammad
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Lynn Stainbrook
  • Wednesday Sep. 17, 6:30 p.m.,Shannon Halikias

The public is encouraged to attend these sessions which will be held in the multipurpose room on the second floor of the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford. Please use the south entrance.


Rockford Art Guild offers ‘Rag-Time!’ art show Sept. 13-14 at Emerson House

Rockford-area residents will once again have the option of visiting two art shows Sept. 13-14. The Rockford Art Guild is introducing a new show with its cultural partner, Mendelssohn Club, that will be held half a block from the Greenwich Village Art Fair (held on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum, inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St.). With little effort, Rockford art enthusiasts can now visit both art shows.


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IDOT, Rockford to host ribbon cutting

ROCKFORD — The Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Rockford will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the first phase of the West State Street reconstruction project at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at the southwest corner of West State and Avon streets.

The West State Street project was issued in 2002 and began the design process in 2005. The primary purpose of the project is to provide an improved transportation facility along West State Street from Kent Creek to Pierpont Avenue.

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NICNE Luncheon & Exclusive Dialogue — “Toxic Charity”

You are invited to a special event featuring a luncheon keynote by Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It). Following the luncheon, Robert will lead an exclusive dialogue focused on delivery of services in the Rockford area.

This event is presented in partnership with United Way of Rock River Valley.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: Luncheon – 11:30 – 1:00
Exclusive Dialogue – 1:30 – 3:00
Cost: Luncheon – $50
Exclusive Dialogue – $50
Location: Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, 61107

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Mike will speak to Rock Valley College community

Today is Fall conference development day at Rock Valley College. Development day is designed to train and encourage both faculty and employees of Rock Valley College.

This afternoon Mike Schlablaske, executive director of TransformRockford, will hold a session to get feedback from the Rock Valley College community. Educators play a significant role in transforming the Rockford region.