2016 Winter Reading Program

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Please join us for the 2016 Statewide Talking Book Center Adult Winter Reading Program! This year the theme is I Cannot Live Without Books: Celebrating the Joy of Reading and the 85th Anniversary of the Talking Book Program!

Libraries in America are cornerstones of the communities they serve, providing access to books, ideas, resources, and information to all. Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States of America and great booklover, understood the power of reading. In a letter to fellow Founding Father, John Adams, he proclaimed, “I cannot live without books!” Jefferson’s personal collection of over 6,000 books helped the Library of Congress rebuild in 1815 after a devastating fire.

In 1931, the Library of Congress was authorized to create a library program providing books to the blind, and Illinois was one of the first states selected to partner in this new venture. This year the Illinois Network of Talking Book and Braille Libraries celebrates 85 years of Talking Book service!  Our program makes reading possible for over 12,000 Illinoisans with print disabilities in 102 counties in Illinois. We invite you to join our annual Adult Winter Reading Program as we celebrate our anniversary and the joy of reading and lifelong learning for everyone!

The selection in this year's program includes fiction and nonfiction for everyone, with categories exploring the history, events, and people of the 1930s as well as the history and culture of libraries, writers, and readers.

If you would like to participate in the program, mail us a completed registration form (available below) or call 1-800-426-0709 to talk to a reader advisor. Participants who read at least 10 books from the program guide (available below) and return the completed reading log to the library by April 30th, 2016, will be entered in a multiple grand prize drawing.

A special thanks to our partners at the Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center for hosting this fantastic program for readers across the state!

Happy Reading!

2016 WRP Invite and Registration Form.docx

2016 Winter Reading Program Guide.docx