Prairie Area Reading Council

Fall 2019 Newsletter

From the Desk of the President

Welcome back to another great year! We are excited to share our events, free for IRC members, with you! As always, we are passionate about sharing the love of literacy with the community and educators. We are looking forward to a variety of events with something for everyone. We are kicking off the year by co-hosting the Family Fort Night with the Westmont Public Library on November 8th at 5:30 pm. We will be distributing free books, singing by the campfire, eating Smores and reading in forts. On January 28th, we are thrilled to have our annual Book Gossip with Kathleen March at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove. It is always a pleasure to hear about the latest books from Kathleen and shop afterwards. Our Spring event, a STEM Make and Take with Ruth Spiro, will be held on March 24th, at Meadowview Elementary School in Woodridge, IL. Please see the details below and don’t forget to register early. Use the QR in the picture below to register for events. We are looking forward to seeing you!
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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

PARC Pride

Congratulations to Prairie Area Reading Council for receiving the International Literacy Association's Honor Award.

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Welcome New Members and Renewals

Welcome to Prairie Area Reading Council

Our Newest Members and Our Renewed Members


Ellen Zank

Susan Hinrichs

Sheila Ruh

Sherry Sejnost


Tracy Billie

Victoria Dellinges

Kelly Drevalas

Aaron Lewis

Kathleen Risolvo

Lauren Rivers

Tatiana Conrad

Sandy Erkhardt

Susan Heeg

Amy Jerabek

Catherine Kaduk

Chris Kipp


Laura Durkin

Megan Gaafar

Tanya Hughes

Savena Joiner

Catherine Lannert

Rachel Manjarres

Karla Slattery

Jen Burisek

Patricia Kempker

Melissa Love

Jennifer Riskus

Christine Rooney

Heather Scott

Paula Simcox


Katherine Ammons

Nanci Greene

Nicole Olsen

Stacy Wilkinson

Barbara Jones

Barabara Knierim

Christine Maxwell

Tarah Tesmer

Daniel Wolf


Alexis Bryant

Kelly Wojtowicz

Alisa Zawodny

Elizabeth Epley

Judy Kmak


Kelly Bachewicz

Jenna Boyajian

Melissa Madden

Michelle Woodring

Megan Casey

Susan Oczkowski

Kathleen Reitmann

Donna Soukup

Book Recommendation

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio

White Bird is R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel debut which continues to spread the message of kindness. Julian’s grandmother tells her story growing up during the Nazi invasion of France as a young Jewish girl. Sarah finds refuge in a classmate’s barn where she is protected from Nazi soliders who are determined to arrest all French Jews. It is a touching story of courage, bravery and kindness. Grandmère tells Julian, "It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything."

Random House has provided an excellent Teacher Guide and video to use with the book.
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Program Event

Don't miss our Family Fort Night!
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Family Literacy

Celebrate Family Literacy Night on November 21, 2019. Click here for more information.

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