December is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do students and staff members ask for reading recommendations for the upcoming holiday break, they request help to find the perfect book for a child, friend or family member. With the thousands of books published each year, selecting the right book for someone could seem like a daunting task. However, it is easier than you may think.
There are plenty of book lists available to narrow down your choices. As there are a variety of readers and/or age groups, I chose four book lists to share. These lists offered different ways to organize book recommendations and should meet the needs of everyone.
The Illinois Center for the Book is sponsoring a Letters About Literature in Illinois contest, which is a statewide reading and writing competition.
This contest is a chance to polish up your writing skills and write a letter to an author—living or dead—explaining how his or her work changed your life or view of the world.
Celebrate your freedom to read with the ILC! During the week of September 27 - October 3, we will be celebrating Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is a way to highlight books that are often challenged and banned from schools and libraries, and speak out about ways to prevent censorship in our communities.
The ILC will be sponsoring four different activities during Banned Books Week. For each activity you complete, you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Students who participate in all four activities will be entered into a raffle to win a banned book of their choice!
You can find out more about our Banned Books Week activities here! With the exception of the book talk/trivia contest, you will have until midnight on Saturday, October 3, to complete the activities. Be sure to submit your entry via this google form.
All of us continue to look for ways to increase reading and writing in our classrooms — specifically, the use of non-fiction, informational texts. To that end, we thought you’d be interested to know that free digital access to The New York Times is now available to high school students and teachers through September 1, 2021.
Tired of reading the same book over and over again? Don't worry, we got you covered! During remote learning, you can still check out books from the ILC. All you have to do is request the book you'd like to read, and we will bring it to the front office for you to pick up.
Looking for a way to keep reading over the summer? We curated a list of some of our favorite e-book and audiobook platforms on our Online Teaching and Learning LibGuide. All services are free to use at this time. Some may require you to download an app or create an account. Need a suggestion of what to read next? Check out the Abe 2021 book list or the the Illinois State Library's Read for a Lifetime book list.
As we look at the changing digital landscape and the increasing need for e-learning opportunities, Ms. Mueller and I went looking for resources to expand our e-reading options.
It’s no secret that we offer e-reading with our AXIS360: Ebooks and Audiobooks service. However, did you know that e-content also includes magazines and newspapers? Now, through June 30, we are participating in an RBdigital trial to determine interest in purchasing these products for next year.
The ILC blog keeps Antioch students and staff up to date with news and events related to reading, research, technology, and more.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with topic suggestions or to contribute your own post to the ILC blog.