iREAD summer reading programming includes activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults.

It’s Showtime at Your Library is an excellent summer reading theme for all of your patrons. Graphics and programs feature all types of performance, from movies and theater to puppetry, dance, poetry, videos, and more.

As always with iREAD Summer Reading there is no membership fee required or time limit imposed. You can use the graphics and programming year-round to support your library!

The 2019 iREAD Resource Guide is your blueprint to designing an outstanding summer reading program for any library. Ideas ranging across all age groups in decorations, programming, resources, and implementation strategies are bursting through out the guide.

The artwork accompanying the guide, which is yours to use in any way your library can imagine, defies expectations.

This year’s all-star lineup of illustrators have captured the glitz and glimmer, comedy, and adventure of SHOWTIME:

• Pre-K art by Kevan Atteberry

• Children’s art by Gregg Schigiel

• Teen art by Dennis Pryber

• Teen art from Kill Shakespeare by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger

• Adult art by Janet K. Lee

• Plus, an all-ages poster by Alexander Hage

The benefits of summer reading are clear. National research finds that students who participate in library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate. The iREAD mission is to provide libraries with the tools to bridge this summer gap, while inspiring literacy and life-long learning.

As a coordinated, self-supporting effort developed by the Illinois Library Association and librarians, every purchase from iREAD helps to promote and assist the great work of libraries.

Thank you for supporting iREAD!