Will County Reading Council

January 2020

President's Message by Donna Herman

Presidents Message

Welcome to the “Roaring Twenties!” What a fun way to think about this next decade, (credit to my principal for this idea). January 1st brought us all that’s new-a day, month, year and decade-so many great things to look forward to. One of my most favorites traditions as the new year begins is to reflect on the past and set sail for all that welcomes me in the upcoming year. As educators, our well deserved holiday break has hopefully given you a chance to enjoy family and friends as well as finding time to recharge for ourselves and students as we head into the long winter months. Yes, winter is still coming.

The Will County Reading Council wrapped up strong in 2019, providing resources to educators and the community, along with sponsoring events such as our author visits, participation at the Illinois Reading Council’s annual conference, and of course our beloved Santa Reads. Santa distributed over 150 books to 300 families with our friends at the Joliet Black Road Branch Library.

One of our New Year's goals is to strengthen our professional commitment to you, our members. We welcome and encourage your participation and feedback. Got an idea? How about a question? Curious about something or need some support? Want to become more involved? Let us know how we can help! We are here for you.

From all of us, to all of you-have a wonderful and prosperous 2020!

All the best,

Donna Herman

Successful Author Visit with Jan Spivey Gilchrist

We had large group enjoy our author visit at Lewis University. We learned a great deal about Jan's background and about her influences. All in attendance learned a great deal about her collaborative works with other authors and her work as an illustrator. It was truly amazing.
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Successful Event at Joliet Public Library Santa Reads Dec. 10 and Dec. 11

We had over 300 people attend with them 150-200 children received free books!
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Bowling for Books Feb.1 at Strike and Spare

On Feb 1. at Strike and Spare 811 Northern Drive in Lockport, Illinois from 1-3 pm, Will County Reading Council is looking to promote reading in high needs areas. We are looking for used and new books for children or cash donations. Will County Reading Council will provide free bowling for children under 12 with a donation of a new book. WCRC will also provide food.

Cost: Ages 13 & up-$13.00 + shoes (donate a book-your shoes are free).

Ages 12 and under-free (shoe rental free with a book donation).

Includes two games, pizza and pop. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2GXvRvpedS6oxP0KyuCqJidXHIbnY91sCs-Wa6CsgdlWTjg/viewform or email willcountyreadingcouncil@gmail.com

Attention Classroom Teachers

Nominate your building student teachers into a drawing for a free membership in Will County Reading Council and Illinois Reading Council. Deadline for entry is Feb 1. The drawing will be March 5th at the professional roundtable event. Four winners will be drawn.

Email your nominations to WCRC President, Donna Herman at


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Spring Professional Development Mini-Conference March 5th at Lewis University

Have you ever presented? Do you have classroom experience or research that would benefit others? Share your professional ideas with others!

We are looking for presentation proposals:


Register to attend this event at the following link:


Award Winners Will Be Honored at the Spring Event March 5th

WCRC Awards 2019-2020 Literacy Person of the Year - Renee Norris

WCRC Awards 2019-2020 Educator of the Year - Erin Venezio

Mark Your Calendar for March 14, 2020

Illinois Reads Book Festival from 10 am to 1 pm

Illinois Valley Community College

815 N. Orlando Smith Road

Oglesby, Illinois

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