iREAD Committee

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 primary audience is kindergarten through grade eight, but provides supplemental materials for preschoolers, teens, and adults.


Events

  1. Dec 11 2020

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Dec 11, 2020 11:00am–3:00pm

    Zoom

  2. Feb 12 2021

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Feb 12, 2021 11:00am–3:00pm

    Zoom

  3. Apr 9 2021

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Apr 9, 2021 11:00am–3:00pm

    Zoom

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The program’s goals are:

• to provide a program that supports local library efforts to promote literacy and lifelong 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.


Committee Reports


Committee Composition

The committee is composed of sixteen ILA Members: three chairs – chair, future chair, and developing chair; an ambassador, who is the immediate past chair; four coordinators: resource guide, showcase, conference booth and publicity; five members to back up coordinators and perform duties as requested by the chairs; and three ex-officio representatives from youth services/the Youth Services Forum, young adult services/the YA Services Forum, and adult services to provide guidance on the supplemental materials geared toward these age groups. Chairs and the resource guide coordinators will serve a three-year term. The other coordinators and members-at-large will serve two-year terms. The ambassador will serve a one-year term. The chairs select the incoming chair, subject to approval by the ILA Vice President/President-Elect.

Past iREAD Chairs — iREAD Themes


  1. Alexandra Tyle-Annen Alexandra Tyle-Annen, Chair Homer Township Public Library District

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2021

  2. Dawn Abron Dawn Abron, Member Zion-Benton Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  3. Donna Block Donna Block, Member Teen Services Librarian at Niles Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  4. Meredith "Maisie" Iven Meredith "Maisie" Iven, Member Teen Librarian at Naperville Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  5. Laura Munoz Laura Munoz, Member Head of Patron Services at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  6. Dana Russell Dana Russell, Member Aurora Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  7. Gretchen Schulz Gretchen Schulz, Member Tween Librarian at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  8. Ashley Stewart Ashley Stewart, Member Library Director at Caseyville Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  9. Deidre Winterhalter Deidre Winterhalter, Member Assistant Manager of Youth Services at St. Charles Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  10. Heather Colby Heather Colby, Ex officio Homer Township Public Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2021

  11. Erica Hanke-Young Erica Hanke-Young, Ex officio Youth Services Manager at Six Mile Regional Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2022

  12. Lauren Pierce Lauren Pierce, Ex officio Reference Librarian at Plainfield Public Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2022

  13. Amber Creger Amber Creger, Board liaison Youth Department Director at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2021

  14. Becca Boland Becca Boland, Chair Elect Advisory Supervisor at Skokie Public Library

    Chair Elect Term ends 06/30/2022

  15. Portia Latalladi Portia Latalladi, Ambassador Chicago Public Library

    Ambassador Term ends 06/30/2021

  16. Diane Foote Diane Foote, Staff liaison Executive Director at Illinois Library Association

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025

  17. Tina Koleva Tina Koleva, Staff liaison Member Services Manager at Illinois Library Association

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025


iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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