Committee Spotlight - iREAD Committee

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 determining upcoming themes; identifying renowned illustrators to create themed artwork; and developing the Resource Guide, the cornerstone of the program featuring ideas, scripts, crafts, promotion suggestions, bibliographies, and more –– all sourced by and for librarians.

The 2020 iREAD program theme is, Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!, and will focus on looking beyond surface knowledge to discover new ideas and information about ourselves, each other and our world. This theme can be interpreted in several different ways which allows libraries to customize their program to best suit their individual needs. It can be based on earth science, dinosaurs, journalism, CSI, fake news, and more. The online store is open, so get ready to dig in!

Now that summer 2020 Dig Deeper has launched, we are already looking ahead to summer 2021, themed Reading Colors Your World. Got an idea for the 2021 Resource Guide? Visit and click on
Resources--Summer 2021 Reading Colors Your World to learn more or submit your entry.

If you are attending the ILA Annual Conference in Tinley Park this year, stop by our booth #112 to check out what we have in store for 2020 or to vote on a possible slogan for the 2022 theme. Attend an iREAD event and say "hello:"

  • iREAD Make and Take Showcase

Tuesday, October 22nd, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join iREAD for make & take fun! Try out some of the DIY projects shared in our 2020 Resource Guide and get a taste for how Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover can be executed at libraries of all sizes and budgets, and for patrons of all ages and abilities.

  • Youth Services Forum Author Breakfast

Wednesday, October 23rd, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
This year's Breakfast features Andrea Beaty, author of lead iREAD title for Dig Deeper, Ada Twist, Scientist (Abrams, 2016) and other books in the Questioneers series. Hear from Ms. Beaty, noted STEM advocate, and then get your book or poster signed. 

  • iREAD Showdown Showcase

Wednesday, October 23rd, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Get ready for summer 2020 and beyond at this informative and entertaining event. Everyone will walk out with a fortune in ideas for summer reading and new connections with people who plan summer reading programs across the state. Think you know everything there is to know about summer reading? We guarantee you'll learn something new! 

  • iREAD Pub Crawl 

Wednesday, October 23rd, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
iREAD is hosting the Ed & Joes stop.

Quick Facts:

  • The artwork generated by iREAD illustrators is reproducible and can be used in perpetuity by any library purchasing a Resource Guide.
  • The iREAD Program partners include the Alaska, California, Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Defense libraries. 
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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