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®. Last year, for the first time, your library could get a complimentary downloadable version of the program’s Resource Guide to use when planning summer reading and beyond. The wealth of materials in the Guide will encourage summer reading participants of all ages to celebrate Reading Colors Your World. 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.

Reading Colors Your World provides a context for exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, as well as developing programming that demonstrates how libraries and reading can expand your world through kindness, growth, and community. Library patrons young and old will be encouraged to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity. 

To claim your complimentary 2021 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 letting Reading Color Your World!