ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — In celebration of the upcoming academic year, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, in partnership with state Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel, D-Shorewood, is hosting a Back to School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Black Road Library, 3395 Black Road in Joliet.

“Our Back to School Fair is the perfect opportunity for families to prepare for the upcoming academic year, learn about community resources and take advantage of fun experiential learning opportunities,” Manley said. “As a parent, I know how important it is to make sure your child has what they need to succeed in the classroom, so I invite everyone to join us at the Back to School Fair to get ready for the new school year.”

Free backpacks with school supplies will be available to attendees while supplies last. The event will also feature vendors and community organizations, including:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for children 3+ provided by KODOCARE from 12-2 p.m.
  • Backpack fittings provided by Lewis University School of Occupational Therapy from 12-2 p.m.
  • Brookfield Zoo Ambassador Animals from 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Joliet Fire Touch-A-Truck from 2-3 p.m.
  • Will County Child Advocacy Center Paws-4-Kids from 12-1 p.m.
  • Presentations from NAMI Will-Grundy, Joliet Pride Network, After the Peanut and more

“One of my top priorities as a state representative is to provide our community with the resources we need to thrive,” said Manley. “Whether it’s through legislation or events like our Back to School Fair, I will always work to support and uplift our community and our children.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Manley’s office at 815-725-2741 or

Rep. Natalie ManleyRep. Natalie Manley


Assistant Majority Leader

98th District

Springfield Office:
300 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3316

District Office:
1050 W. Romeo Rd.
Suite 101
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 725-2741