New Benefit for ILA Institutional Members

Dear ILA Institutional Member:

We are excited to offer you once again a benefit for you as an institutional member of ILA! As most of you know, ILA developed a summer reading program more than 35 years ago known as iREAD®. In 2020 ILA started offering a complimentary downloadable version of the program’s Resource Guide to ILA's Institutional Members to use when planning summer reading and beyond. We are extending this offer to our Institutional  Members once again for the 2022 summer reading program.

The wealth of materials in the Guide will encourage summer reading participants of all ages to Read Beyond the Beaten Path. Containing programming ideas, insightful articles, reproducible art, scripts, bibliographies, and other resources, the Guide provides a ready-to-use experience for summer reading programming librarians.

The broad motif of “summer camp at the library” can encompass a world of different summer experiences, from outdoor activities such as hiking, campfires, stories, and s’mores to nature programs, arts and crafts, music, and so much more! Read Beyond the Beaten Path combines camp, adventure, and skill development. STEM programs are very easy to incorporate into this theme because of its nature and outdoor aspects, but you can also have space camp and math camp and science camp. These are all wonderful activities for participants to earn badges.

To claim your complimentary 2022 iREAD® Resource Guide download, please email iREAD® customer service at Include your library name and your request to receive the download.

To take advantage of this benefit, the library membership needs to be in good standing and only one complimentary download can be issued per library. Additional print or flash drive versions are available for purchase. There are no time limits on use of iREAD® resources and graphics, and the download may be shared among library staff and buildings.

Developed by librarians for librarians, iREAD® is a self-supporting effort developed by ILA and every purchase helps to promote and support the great work of Illinois libraries.

We hope you and your library will enjoy Read Beyond the Beaten Path.