The Illinois Reading Council (IRC), an affiliate of the International Reading Association (“The World’s Leading Organization of Literacy Professionals”). It is a literacy organization that holds an annual conference in the state capital city of Springfield every March.
The 2014 IRC Conference will be March 13-15, 2014. The theme of the 46th Annual IRC Conference is Building Bridges to Literacy. Mystery novelist (and periodic Castle guest star) James Patterson will speak at the conference.
The IRC is headquartered in Normal, Illinois. The address of the Illinois Reading Council is 203 Landmark Drive, Suite B, Normal, Illinois 61761.
Here, one can find applications to nominate others to receive awards such as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year Award, the Pamela J. Farris Rural Library Award or the Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children, or apply for grants such as the Literacy Support Grant.
The IRC has twenty-one local councils. They are the Black Hawk Council (Region 4), the Central Illinois Reading Council (Region 6), Chicago Area Reading Council (CARA) (Region 2), East Central-EIU Reading Council (Region 7), Fox Valley Reading Council (Region 3), Illini Reading Council (Region 7), Illinois Valley Reading Council (Region 4), Lake Area Reading Council (Region 2), Lewis & Clark Reading Council (Region 8), Macon County Reading Council (Region 6), MID-State Reading Council (Region 6), Mississippi Reading Council (Region 4), National Road Reading Council (Region 8), Northern Illinois Reading Council (Region 1), Northwestern Reading Council (Region 1), Prairie Area Reading Council (Region 3), Sauk Valley Reading Council (Region 1), South Eastern Reading Council (Region 9), Southern Illinois Reading Council (Region 9), South Suburban Reading Council (Region 5), Starved Rock Reading Council (Region 1), and Suburban Council of the International Reading Association (SCIRA) (Region2).
The IRC Book Club is an online book club. Its members are educators from around the state.
The book will be Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Gap by Richard Allington. The book discussion will occur over a five-month-long period, starting next month.
Participants are eligible to receive fifteen CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units). Registration is free for IRC Members with an optional $30 processing fee for CPDUs.
The cost for non-members is $75. One should register for the IRC Book Club by Friday, November 1, 2013.
ILLINOIS READS (“A READING STASTE OF MIND”) is a project of the IRC that kicked off this year. The annual campaign ends on Family Reading Night, which this year on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
The Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis de Vargas Llosa will release his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, El Heroe Discreto, this month. Literally, this would be translated as The Hero Discrete, of course, but we are more likely to translate it as The Discrete Hero. Two years ago, King Juan Carlos I of Spain ennobled him as the Marqué de Vargas Llosa. At the same ceremony, King Juan Carlos also made the star soccer player Vicente del Bosque González a marquis with the title Marqués de Del Bosque.
*EOS International to Exhibit at 2 Library Conferences in October, 2013*
EOS International will exhibit at two library conferences next month, the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Conference (MHSLA) and the San Diego Special Library Association Fall Seminar (SD-SLA). The 2013 MHSLA Conference will be held at the Eberhard Center, Grand valley State University, October 16-18, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The theme this year is “Currents of Change.” Exhibits will be open from Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
EOS will also exhibit at the SDA-SLA Conference held at the Marina Village Conference Center in San Diego, California on Friday, October 4, 2013. The theme is “Connecting the Dots of Creative Innovations.”