Will County Reading Council

March 8, 2019

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WCRC - President's Message

Spring...what a lovely word and thought as we bring a close to our very chilling winter! So much to look forward to for ourselves and our students! The Will County Reading Council recently sponsored our "Spring Professional Development" at Lewis University with featured speaker, Lou Ferroli. Lou shared his extensive experience and knowledge about Dyslexia. In addition, we had a host of professionals share a wide range of knowledge and experience for attendees. Our next event and Spring Board meeting will be April 3rd at Lewis University's Tinley Park campus. Join us as we host an IRC webinar and Twitter chat. Open up the attached links for more information about upcoming events and awards from WCRC. Have a great Spring Break everyone! - Donna Herman

Spring Professional Development Event was a Success!

Dr. Lou Ferroli, a Past President of the Illinois Reading Council and longtime advocate for students with disabilities, gave an informative presentation about the topic of dyslexia. The evening key note address was followed by multiple breakout sessions. The evening was a complete success. WCRC gives a special thank you to Lewis University for partnering every year to bring relevant literacy topics for free to professional educators and librarians.

Illinois Reads Book Festival

Saturday, March 16th, 10am

2325 Brookside Avenue

Waukegan, IL

About Illinois Reads

A statewide project promoting reading for Illinois citizens, ILLINOIS READS annually selects six books in each of six different age categories ranging from read-to books for infants to adult readers. A variety of topics and themes are chosen for each age group, with an emphasis on selections written by authors with ties to Illinois.

The Event Schedule

9:15 Doors Open – Free to the public

10:00 Opening Ceremony

· Meet the Authors and Illustrators

· Hear the Essay Contest Winners read their selections

· Enter the raffle!

10:50-11:20 Session I Author Panels (by age/grade band)

11:25-11:55 Session II Individual Author Session

12:00-12:30 Session III Individual Author Session

12:30-1:00 Autographing

12:30-2:00 Visit our vendors and enjoy activities

ILLINOIS READS authors’ and illustrators’ books will be available for purchase (cash or credit cards accepted.)

Concessions will be available for snacks, lunches and drinks

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Will County Reading Council Awards

The WCRC Reading Scholarship is granted to a member pursuing a graduate degree in reading. These candidates have demonstrated dedication to the profession through continuing professional development. The recipient will receive two hundred and fifty dollars and recognition of this honor at the spring event.


The WCRC Local Literacy Award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a significant contribution to literacy at any level, regardless of membership. This award is not limited to professional educators nor is it limited to a certain level of education. The candidates must merely have given their time and effort to assist others towards literacy.


The WCRC Literacy Educator of the Year is awarded to a teacher who has made inroads into the education of children. These candidates have helped others on a path to lifelong learning. They have inspired their students to become readers and have served as models for other teachers.


Please use the forms below to nominate yourself or others for one of the three awards described above. Please submit your nominations by Tuesday, March 26. If you have questions, please contact Deb Augsburger at augsbude@lewisu.edu

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Wednesday Wired Webinar Discussion on “The Summer Reading Slump”

Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:30pm

18501 Maple Creek Drive

Tinley Park, IL

Will County Reading Council will host a discussion on the Wired Wednesday Webinar from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Come learn how easy it is to get connected to online PD and have professional conversations. We will also participate on the IRC Twitter Chat following the program.


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IRC Board of Directors Meeting

WCRC Board President, Donna Herman will be attending the April 6th IRC Board of Directors meeting at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 8 Traders Circle, Normal, Illinois.

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WCRC Board of Directors are looking for Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering and wanting to get more involved professionally, consider joining the Will County Reading Council Board of Directors. There are opportunities for all. Contact Donna Herman, WCRC President, by April 10th for more willcountyreadingcouncil@gmail.com
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SAVE THE DATE: MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 7am

Peoria, IL, USA

Peoria, IL

LITERACY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
October 3 - 4, 2019
Peoria, Illinois

Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from October 3 - 4, 2019 for the 52nd Annual IRC Conference, Literacy in the Spotlight, at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.