Will County Reading Council

April 16, 2019

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WCRC 2019-2020 Board of Directors


President: Donna Herman

President Elect: Tammy Springer

Secretary: Christy Ziller

Treasurer: Deb Augsburger

Membership Chair: Boomer Crotty

WCRC Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, May 15th, 6pm

3340 Mall Loop Drive

Joliet, IL

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IRC Board of Directors Met April 6, 2019

Board Bits:

ILA Conference - October 10-13, 2019

ILA Board of Directors Election (Closes May 8) - Support fellow Illinoisan, Pam Farris

President-Elect Danielle Beliveau-Derion resigned her position on April 5, 2019 after moving to Florida. Her husband took a new job and they needed to relocate. We wish her all the best and send our warmest wishes of a successful transition for her and her family.

Stephanie Benson, IRC Vice President, will assume the role of President of IRC in July at Leadership.

IRC Book Club will begin June 23 - We Got This by Cornelius Minor and Literacy Essentials by Regie Routman will be studied. 15 pd hours offered for each. Sign up by June 15th at the IRC web site. Book club is free for members.All participants must buy their own books.

“Literacy in the Spotlight” - IRC Fall October 3-4, 2019

Conference Housing Reservations are now open - Go to the IRC Website

2020 will be the last contracted date in Peoria; the fall conference will move back to Springfield, Illinois.

IRC Election Ballot will open August 1, 2019 and close September 1, 2019.

IRC Leadership Retreat is being planned for July 10-11 at the I-Hotel in Campaign, Illinois.

*** A new library grant was approved 4-6-19. Elizabeth “Betty” Taglieri” Boys Classroom (K-8) for $500.00 will be offered through IRC. Check out the IRC website for information.

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Congratulations Gail!

On Saturday, April 6th at the Illinois Reading Council board meeting, it was announced that Gail Huizinga has been selected to receive the 2019 IRC Service Award. She has over 30 years experience in public education. Currently, she provides professional learning opportunities around the state of Illinois through Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois Principal Association. Gail has been a presenter at Will County events in the past. She is also a certified National Trainer for Project CRISS® and a featured conference speaker. She uses her broad instructional experience to work with educators in the areas of literacy and instructional best practice aligned with the 21st Century teaching and learning standards as well as the teacher evaluation tool. Gail will officially be honored at the fall IRC Conference at the Friday breakfast.

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Happy Library Month - Dav Pilkey is the 2019 Ambassador for School Libraries

CHICAGO – Dav Pilkey, New York Times bestselling author of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2019 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as open, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

“Growing up with learning challenges in school after being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, I’ve been fortunate to have had the encouragement and support of my parents who helped me to associate reading with fun," said Pilkey. "I have fond memories of going to the library with my mom who had a radical idea—she let me pick whatever book I wanted to read. I read lots of books and magazines that made me laugh out loud, which led me to discover many other books in different genres. Reading without judgment was a turning point in my life and that is what made me a lifelong reader."

From: ALA News - January 23, 2019

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2019 Rebecca Caudill Book Award Winner - Ghost by Jason Reynolds

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Illinois Reads Book Festival set for March 14, 2020 in Oglesby, IL

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2019 Family Reading Night Resources Available Now - Showtime at Your Library