Secondary Reading League

Leaders for Literacy in Grades 6-12

Upcoming 2019-20 SRL Events

  • September 12th: Fall Book Talk Round Table at Barbara's Bookstore in Vernon Hills
  • October 3-4th: 2019 IRC 52nd Annual Conference in Peoria
  • October 3-4th: SRL strand during IRC Conference
  • November 22nd: SRL Day of Reading at the Tinley Park Convention Center

SRL Book Talk Round Table

Thursday, Sep. 12th, 5:30-7:30pm

720 Hawthorn Center

Vernon Hills, IL

Books, friends, good food. What else could you ask for in professional development? This event will provide you with a fresh list of titles that you can incorporate into your classroom instruction or independent reading choices. Most of all, it will be an opportunity to collaborate with fellow teachers and leaders in the secondary education world. Discussion tables include: best read-alouds, graphic novels, novels in verse, leveled libraries, LGBTQ, Equity, Social Justice, and professional resources. Books will be available to purchase from our friends at Barbara's Bookstore immediately afterward. Appetizers will be served by Maggiano's. We look forward to seeing you there. Please sign up via the link below. Barbara's Bookstore in Vernon Hills, IL Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Register for Day of Reading

Video from the President

Presidential Welcome to the New School Year and SRL.

SRL Book Talk Success

We are so happy with another successful event! We hope that you all get an opportunity to come to our events. Here are some comments from attendees about the book recommendations:

- Juliet Zabel is looking forward to reading Dig because it provides different perspectives of multiple characters.

- Renee Yunker is interested in Unpunished Murder because it is a story that must be told.

- Christy Rush recommends getting Bloom because it is a great addition for libraries in need of graphic novels and LGBT friendly material.

- Leigh Cavanaugh shares that Startalk is a text that students can go to for quick inspiration.

- Brittany Jacobs is intersted in Hey Kiddo because it seems to be a very relatable topic.

- Terry McHugh recommends Blacklisted because the parallels between the Hollywood "Communist" era and today are compelling.

Special Thank you to Our Members

“To the Members of the Secondary Reading League,

Thank you for your very generous support of the Illinois Reads Book Festival. Thanks to your volunteers and your financial support, the festival remained free of charge, and students received books!


Illinois Reads Committee”

Fun at Illinois Reads in Waukegan

Welcome to New Members

Thank you to all of our members who have renewed their memberships. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past 12 months. We value all contributions to Secondary Reading League, and memberships make up the lifeblood of our organization. Your involvement is extremely important to us and very much appreciated.

Welcome to our new members. We look forward to forming a partnership with you in promoting adolescent literacy. Thank you for your support!

Below is a list of members that have renewed or joined in February, March, April, May, June, and July. Use this list as proof of membership for a Domain 4 artifact.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact Angel Kalat at

2019 IRC Conference