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. Jul 10 2020

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Jul 10, 2020 11:00am–3:00pm

    Reaching Across Illinois Library System in person; remote participation via Zoom, 125 Tower Dr., Burr Ridge, IL 60527

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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. Portia Latalladi Portia Latalladi, Chair Chicago Public Library

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2020

  2. Kelly Durov Kelly Durov, Member Northbrook Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  3. Lindsey Herron Lindsey Herron, Member Library Director at Wood River Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  4. Meredith "Maisie" Iven Meredith "Maisie" Iven, Member Teen Librarian at White Oak Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  5. Laura Munoz Laura Munoz, Member Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  6. Dana Russell Dana Russell, Member Aurora Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  7. Sarah Rustman Sarah Rustman, Member Northrbook Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  8. Sandra Sasal Sandra Sasal, Member Youth & Teen Services Librarian at Bartlett Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  10. Ashley C Stewart Ashley C Stewart, Member Library Director at Caseyville Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  11. Christina Stoll Christina Stoll, Member Indian Trails Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2021

  14. Christy Kepler Christy Kepler, Ex officio Oswego Public Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Chair Elect Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Chair Elect Term ends 06/30/2021

  18. Brandi Smits Brandi Smits, Ambassador Orland Park Public Library

    Ambassador Term ends 06/30/2020

  19. Diane Foote Diane Foote, Staff liaison Executive Director 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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