iREAD Committee

News

Committee Spotlight - iREAD Committee
April 16, 2021
Read on the Wild Side. Reading by Design. Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover. These are just a few examples of some excellent summer reading program themes created by ILA's very own iREAD team.  The chances are that your library, along with…
Committee Spotlight - iREAD Committee
October 17, 2019
The iREAD Committee is a dynamic group of volunteers dedicated to promoting reading, literacy and learning for all ages every year. The main task of the committee is to create content for the iREAD Program every summer, including determinin…

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Events

  1. Oct 28 2022

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Oct 28, 2022 11:00am–3:00pm

    Zoom

  2. Dec 9 2022

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Dec 9, 2022 11:00am–3:00pm

    Zoom

  3. Feb 17 2023

    iREAD Committee Meeting

    Friday, Feb 17, 2023 11:00am–3:00pm

    Zoom

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Committee Charge

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.

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 sizes of libraries; rural, urban, and suburban.


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 to 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.


About iREAD: History, Past Chairs and Themes


Committee Reports


  1. Donna Block Donna Block, Chair Teen Services Librarian at Niles Public Library District

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2023
    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  2. Tiffany Breyne Tiffany Breyne, Member Webmaster at Chicago Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  3. Kathy L Dejnowski Kathy L Dejnowski, Member Thornton Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  4. Kelly Durov Kelly Durov, Member Assistant Director at Northbrook Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  5. Erin M Emerick Erin M Emerick, Member Schaumburg Township District Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  6. Ellen Fitzgerald Ellen Fitzgerald, Member Children's Services Supervisor at Naperville Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  7. Maisie Iven Maisie Iven, Member Teen Librarian at Naperville Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2023

  8. Chelsea Lord Chelsea Lord, Member Adult Programming Librarian at Mount Prospect Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  9. Joe Marcantonio Joe Marcantonio, Member Teen Place Manager at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  10. Emily Mroczek Emily Mroczek, Member Children's Services Librarian at Naperville Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  11. Lauren Pierce Lauren Pierce, Member Adult Services Librarian at Plainfield Area Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  12. Aimee A. Villet Aimee A. Villet, Member Youth Services Director at Glen Carbon Centennial Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  13. Monica Tapia Boyer Monica Tapia Boyer, Board liaison Senior Manager of Children's Services at Aurora Public Library District

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2023

  14. Gretchen Schulz Gretchen Schulz, Chair Elect Assistant Manager/Early Literacy Specialist at Aurora Public Library District

    Chair Elect Term ends 06/30/2024

  15. Becca Boland Becca Boland, Ambassador Advisory Supervisor at Skokie Public Library

    Ambassador Term ends 06/30/2023

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

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025

  17. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, 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.

Visit the iREAD website »