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Illinois Reads

Each year the state of Illinois runs a statewide project to promote reading for Illinois citizens by selecting six books in each of six different age categories ranging from read-to books for infants to adult readers. A variety of topics and themes are chosen for each age group, with an emphasis on selections written by authors with ties to Illinois. 

In 2017, Peoria Public Library offered readers a chance to win a prize for participating in Illinois Reads and there was a great turnout. Congratulations to our winners from 2017:  Adult: Julie Bowman; Grades 9-12: Allyson Parks; Grades 6-8: Laylah Cameron; Grades 3-5: Augie Crank; Grades K-2: Shamiah McClain; Birth-4yrs: Vince Bauml.

The 2018 contest starts this March and runs through Family Reading Night on November 16.  All that you do is read four of the titles from your age/grade group. 

Pick up a contest book log at any Information Desk this March and keep track of the titles you read. Turn it in by Family Reading Night, November 16, to be entered to our drawing for a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card. Drawing will be held on November 17. One winner per age/grade. If you want to start reading now, the full list of books can be found at http://illinoisreads.org/booksselectedfor2017/2017allbooks.html . Remember, books read over the summer also count for Summer Reading!


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