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Get ready to sing, dance, and make some noise next summer with the 2015 iREAD summer reading theme: Read to the Rhythm!

iREAD summer reading programming includes activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults.

The benefits of summer reading are clear. National research finds that students who participate in library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate. The iREAD mission is to provide libraries with the tools to bridge this summer gap, while inspiring literacy and life-long learning.

Over the past thirty years, iREAD has grown into a leader of summer reading program development, providing libraries, large and small, with all of the resources they need to promote, launch, and execute great reading programs.

The 2015 summer reading Resource Guide includes rhythm-themed ideas contributed by librarians from all over the world and every day great new ideas are added to our Read to the Rhythm! Pinterest page. This summer’s graphics include posters and a wealth of original spot art from our 2015 illustrators: Mercer Mayer, Don Tate, Laura Park, Patrick Girouard, and Terri Murphy.

As a coordinated, self-supporting effort developed by the Illinois Library Association and librarians, every purchase from iREAD helps to promote and assist the great work of libraries.

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