Prairie Area Reading Council

Winter 2020 Newsletter

From the Desk of the President

Happy New Year!! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. In the new year, we are looking forward to our annual Book Gossip event with Kathleen March on January 28, 2020, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove. Registration will begin at 5:45 pm, dinner will be at 6:00 pm and Kathleen’s book talks will begin at 6:30 pm. Participants will also be able to shop afterwards. This event is free for IRC members so bring a friend or two! Be sure to save the date for our spring event, a STEM Make and Take with Ruth Spiro, which will be held on March 24th, 2020 at Meadowview Elementary School in Woodridge, IL. We wish you a wonderful new year and we are looking forward to seeing you at these two fabulous events.

2019-2020 Board Members

President: Sheila Ruh

President Elect: Laura Bass

Vice President: Sherry Sejnost

Recording Secretary: Laura Kelly

Treasurer: Melissa Love

Membership: Sherry Sejnost

Corresponding Secretary: Victoria Dellinges

Primary STEM & Lit Links

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PARC Pride

Prairie Area Reading Council is proud to receive the Honor Award from the International Literacy Association again for the 9th year in a row!
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Service Projects

Prairie Area Reading Council has been donating to this wonderful organization for many years. This is such a great way to get books in the hands of children in need.

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Welcome New Members and Renewals

Welcome to Prairie Area Reading Council

Our Newest Members and Our Renewed Members


Megan Carr

Barbara Ashton

Christine Carey

Susan Daeschler

Lynn Domek

Heather Kraus

Kelly Neylon


Elisa Hartman

Katie Kafer

Michelle Kats

Kayla Schultheis

Margaret Egan

Cindy Gerwin

Carolyn Pakltis


Cheryl Duffy

Mary Klepper

Michelle Shiles

Kathleen Sweeny

Book Recommendation

Guest: A Changeling Tale by Mary Downing Hahn

Inspired by a hiking trip in Ireland and Celtic folklore, Mary Downing Hahn found the setting and plot for her latest book, Guest: A Changeling Tale. Students who love reading supernatural stories will enjoy Guest. This book is a page turner of suspense and adventure with magical creatures. The main character, Molly Cloverall, is a very determined, brave girl who must get her brother back from the Kinde Folke. With the help of the changeling, Guest, and the traveler, Maddog, Molly enters the Dark Woods to find and rescue her brother. She must not let the otherworldly foes get the best of her.

(Published: September 2019, recommended for ages 10-12)

Click here to check out the book trailer from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Click here to check out a preview of the book

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Family Literacy

We had a great time at Fort Night at the Westmont Library! Thank you to all who came.

Program Event

Don't miss our Book Gossip with Kathleen March on Tuesday, January 28th!

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Prairie Area is a professional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy, a love for reading and the improvement of reading instruction.