The Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development (iREAD) program is a coordinated, self-supporting effort to develop and provide high-quality, low-cost resources and products to enable local library staff to promote reading. The program’s audience is kindergarten through grade eight, but provides supplemental materials for preschoolers, teens, and adults. The program’s goals are:
- to provide a program that supports local library efforts to promote literacy and life-long learning;
- to provide a forum for grassroots involvement across the state;
- to encourage statewide participation in and use of the IREAD theme;
- to encourage efficient use of local staff time by networking resources across the state;
- to provide high-quality, low-cost products through volume purchase; and
- to provide resources and projects suitable for all size libraries, rural, urban, and suburban.
The committee is composed of twelve ILA members: three chairs -- chair, future chair, and developing chair; four coordinators: resource guide, showcase, showcase, and publicity; and five members at-large: to backup coordinators and perform duties as requested by the chairs -- should include young adult and adult representatives who, in addition to member-at-large duties, give guidance to the supplemental materials geared toward these age groups. Chairs will serve a three-year term. Coordinators and members-at-large will serve two-year terms. The committee shall submit recommendations to the ILA president for selection of the iREAD chair.
Maggie Thomann (term on committee 2012-2015)
Park Ridge Public Library
20 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4188
phone: 847-825-3123 x203
Kate Kite (term on committee 2013-2016)
Wood River Public Library
326 E. Ferguson Ave.
Wood River, IL 62095-2098
Plainfield Public Library District
15025 S. Illinois St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
Elisa Gall 2013-2015
Amy Holcomb 2014-2016
Jennifer Hovanec, Young Adult Forum Liaison
Christina Keasler 2013-2015
Tom Kochinski 2013-2015
Erica Liptak 2014-2016
Lynnanne Pearson, Reference Services Liaison
Jennifer A. Peterson 2014-2016
Marissa Tartaglia 2013-2015
Alexandra Walsh 2014-2016
iREAD Chairs — iREAD Themes
1982 Ann Barnett Hutton — A to Zebra
1983 Elizabeth Huntoon — Reading Rainbow
1984 Maxine Payne — Be a Star! Read!
1985 Ruth E. Faklis and Robin Currie — Open Books, Open Doors
1986 Rachel Miller — Readers On The Move
1987 A. Denise Farrugia — Quest: Journey into Reading
1988 A. Denise Farrugia — Devour A Book
1989 Arlene Kaspik — The Great Book Hunt
1990 Jan Eakins Jones — Station Read, 1990 On Your Dial
1991 Barbara J. Lintner — This is Reading Country
1992 Jean Jaderborg — Discover Read!
1993 Paula Moore and James Steenbergen — Amazing Book Capers
1994 Ruth Shasteen and Nancy Scott — Celebrate Reading
1995 Nancy Buikema — Reading is Tremendous!
1996 Judith McMahon and Kathleen McSwain — Travel the Reading Highway
1997 Anita K. Elgin and Carolyn Gray — Team IREAD
1998 A. Denise Farrugia — Dive Into Books
1999 Tina J. Hubert — Time Trek Readers
2000 Vince G. Sovanski — READ for the Fun of It
2001 Jean Jaderborg — Feed Your Need to Read
2002 Paula Lopatic — Reading Rocks!
2003 Lori Craft — Lights! Camera! READ!
2004 Judy Decker — Explore the Reading Trail
2005 Pat Roche — Superheroes: Powered by Books
2006 Victoria A. Blackburn — Voyage to Book Island
2007 Sharon Lawrence Hrycewicz — Mission Read: To the Library and Beyond!
2008 Lori Craft — Get in the Game: Read
2009 Vincent G. Sovanski — Read on the Wild Side
2010 Jason Stuhlmann — Scare Up a Good Book
2011 Kathi Kresol — A Midsummer Knight’s Read
2012 Amber Creger — Reading Is So Delicious
2013 Michele Wyss — Have Book, Will Travel!
2014 Kathryn Fredrickson — Paws to Read
2015 Maggie Hommel — Read to the Rhythm
2016 Kate Kite Read -- For the Win!
2017 Joe Marcantonio