Illinois Reads has partnered with the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois Center for the Book at the Illinois State Library to promote the 2023 Family Reading Night. Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event held the third Thursday in November to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. Each year, posters and bookmarks are made available for libraries, schools, youth and literacy organizations to promote their Family Reading Night Program. Plan now to create a Family Reading Night program in your area. For more information, visit the Family Reading Night webpage.
On Friday, March 15, 2024, educators can register to attend the Illinois Reads Authors Luncheon at the 2024 IRC Conference. Participants will get to have lunch with an Illinois Reads Author and receive a FREE Illinois Reads book (choices will be on a first-come, first-served basis). Following lunch, participants will spend the next hour moving from table to table, meeting other authors, and discussing their books. After the luncheon, there will also be an additional autograph session with the authors from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the BOS Center Exhibit Hall. Register at the IRC Conference Website.
August 9-18, 2024
The Illinois Reading Council is excited to share that the Illinois Secretary of State and Honorary Illinois Reads Chair, Alexi Giannoulias, has asked ILLINOIS READS to join him in his tent at the 2024 Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. When visiting the fair, look for the tent in the Children's Area. There will be story times, meet and greets with authors, photo opportunities, FREE AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS, and much more. More information and a detailed schedule will be available by end of July!