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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 audience is kindergarten through grade eight, but may provide 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 life-long learning;
  • 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.

History of the iREAD Summer Reading Program

iREAD Chairs — iREAD Themes

  • 1982 Ann Barnett Hutton — A to Zebra
  • 1983 Elizabeth Huntoon — Reading Rainbow
  • 1984 Maxine Payne — Be a Star! Read!
  • 1985 Ruth E. Faklis and Robin Currie — Open Books, Open Doors
  • 1986 Rachel Miller — Readers On The Move
  • 1987 A. Denise Farrugia — Quest: Journey into Reading
  • 1988 A. Denise Farrugia — Devour A Book
  • 1989 Arlene Kaspik — The Great Book Hunt
  • 1990 Jan Eakins Jones — Station Read, 1990 On Your Dial
  • 1991 Barbara J. Lintner — This is Reading Country
  • 1992 Jean Jaderborg — Discover Read!
  • 1993 Paula Moore and James Steenbergen — Amazing Book Capers
  • 1994 Ruth Shasteen and Nancy Scott — Celebrate Reading
  • 1995 Nancy Buikema — Reading is Tremendous!
  • 1996 Judith McMahon and Kathleen McSwain — Travel the Reading Highway
  • 1997 Anita K. Elgin and Carolyn Gray — Team IREAD
  • 1998 A. Denise Farrugia — Dive Into Books
  • 1999 Tina J. Hubert — Time Trek Readers
  • 2000 Vince G. Sovanski — READ for the Fun of It
  • 2001 Jean Jaderborg — Feed Your Need to Read
  • 2002 Paula Lopatic — Reading Rocks!
  • 2003 Lori Craft — Lights! Camera! READ!
  • 2004 Judy Decker — Explore the Reading Trail
  • 2005 Pat Roche — Superheroes: Powered by Books
  • 2006 Victoria A. Blackburn — Voyage to Book Island
  • 2007 Sharon Lawrence Hrycewicz — Mission Read: To the Library and Beyond!
  • 2008 Lori Craft — Get in the Game: Read
  • 2009 Vincent G. Sovanski — Read on the Wild Side
  • 2010 Jason Stuhlmann — Scare Up a Good Book
  • 2011 Kathi Kresol — A Midsummer Knight’s Read
  • 2012 Amber Creger — Reading Is So Delicious
  • 2013 Michele Wyss — Have Book — Will Travel!
  • 2014 Kathryn Fredrickson — Paws to Read
  • 2015 Maggie Thomann — Read to the Rhythm
  • 2016 Kate Kite - Sports and Games