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Joliet West Library features Will County public servants in Human Services Academy Week Panel

February 22, 2018 10:14 AM

The Joliet West High School Library has continued its tradition of career exploration by hosting Human Services Academy Week, spearheaded by librarians Amy Lingafelter and Amy Walsh, focused on careers that help other people. 

Activities included a visit from the Shorewood Public Library on Tuesday. Public Librarians guided students through a STEM-inspired Craft and promoted public library use in general. Librarians are an excellent example of Human Services jobs at their best; Librarians are public servants, and they offer community services designed to meet the needs of a diverse public.

On Wednesday, a panel featured Will County public servants for Government Day. Participants were:

  • County Candidates Panel 1: Lauren Staley-Ferry, Jim Murphy, & Debbie Militello (County Clerk & Board Candidates)


  • County Candidates Panel 2: Laurie McPhillips, Don Gould, Rachel Ventura, Denise Rumchak, & Shawn Walsh (County Clerk, Board, & Superintendent of Schools candidates)


  • Human Services & Law Enforcement Panel: Lt. Floyd Woods (Joliet Fire Department), Jim Reilly (Will County Sheriff’s Police & Sheriff candidate), Judge David Garcia (Associate Judge & Judge candidate), and Joliet Mayor Robert O’Dekirk.

Librarian Amy Lingafelter said, “We were very honored and lucky to host Mayor O’Dekirk, LT Woods, and the various Will County candidates.  Students in Government, ROTC, English, & US History classes were able to learn about the experiences of running a campaign, the infrastructure of the local Will County government, and the importance of caring about each other and working to make our community better.  The afternoon speakers highlighted careers in law enforcement, law, and public safety.  The speakers were terrific with our kids, and the students asked thoughtful and practical questions.”

On Thursday, the library hosted a Forensics Breakout EDU with Ms. Thomas’s Forensics classes.  Students used skills they have learned in the Forensics course this year (blood type, height estimation, etc.) to break in to a locked box.  They used clues, problem solving skills, and teamwork.

On Friday, the librarians provided students with assistance in finding local organizations to volunteer for to obtain the community service hours JT requires for graduation.  They helped students make phone calls and connections with organizations like the Will County Humane Society, Catholic Charities, and Salem Village Nursing Home. 

Lingafelter added, “We want students to know that the Library will help them make these volunteer hour connections throughout their high school careers.  Just ask at the Library Desk.”

The Human Services Academy Week is part of a series of Academy Weeks that Joliet West librarians, Amy Lingafelter and Amy Walsh, host in collaboration with academy coordinators throughout the year to promote career exploration among Joliet West High School students.



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