Here in Rock Island, we believe in developing a love for reading throughout our community! Check back frequently for information on reading events in Rock Island!
- September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!
- The big football game against Moline is October 5 and we're competing not only on the field, but to see who can raise the most for reading. Bring a new book to donate or give a cash donation and let's show them how #RockTownReads!
- Visit a Little Library at any of our elementary schools!
- Check out our reading stations at local barbershops! Read a book while you get a haircut at Ray'z, Morrison's Barber Shop, Eleventh Street Barber Shop, and Jean's Platinum Stylez.
Want to do more? Our team is encouraging Rock Islanders to share their love of reading with the world.
Share a photo of yourself reading or attending one of these events on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #RockTownReads to join the movement!
Our partners have been working hard to get the word out about #RockTownReads! Read a little bit about what they do to support community-wide reading and check out their websites at the links below!
Sign up for free reading challenges at any Rock Island Library, or enter online with Beanstack. Use the free Beanstack Reading Tracker app to keep track of your minutes and books. Enter, Read, Win Rewards! For more information, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org or call 309-732-READ.
The Rock Island-Milan School District encourages students to keep up with reading skills all year round and is happy to partner with the Rock Island Public Library, Spring Forward Learning Center, Bi-State Literacy Council and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center to support student reading activities!
Spring Forward offers literacy-based after-school programs and summer camps at no cost to students and their families. Programs are offered at six sites in the Rock Island-Milan school district and are led by licensed teachers and other qualified staff. Kids participate in fun, engaging educational activities and field trips, as well as regularly scheduled Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) time. , visit Spring Forward's website.
MLK welcomes 4-5 teachers to engage kids in fun literacy activities over seven weeks. This effort has led to maintaining and improving their reading skills during a time when skills erode. The activities are interwoven into our summer programming to provide the best opportunity to have a positive and meaningful impact for our youth.
Rock Island Rotary partnered with Rebuilding Together QC to construct little lending libraries for all of the elementary schools in the Rock Island-Milan School District. The libraries are designed so anyone can take a book, read a book and leave a book. The libraries are currently being managed by the schools in partnership with Rotary.
The Bi-State Literacy Council supports and encourages the development of supportive services for people with literacy needs by providing grants, awards, and scholarships to people and organizations in their service area. Their mission is to lead the challenge to overcome illiteracy in all its forms through advocacy, education, awareness and empowerment.
The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation (RIMEF) helps financially support reading and other academic programs in the Rock Island-Milan School District. Through the RIMEF, Rock Island-Milan teachers and schools have received thousands of dollars for books, literacy programs, school library enhancement, and other materials or projects to develop and enhance reading skills for students throughout our district.
WQPT supports reading in Rock Island by donating books to little lending libraries, hosting Preschool Story Times at each of the libraries, and donating books for RockTown Reads prizes.
Tips and Resources
We want #RockTownReads to be easy and fun! Here are some great tips and resources to keep your reading on the right track!
Take some time to read every day! Even 15 minutes can make a difference in literacy!
Visit your local library or a Little Free Library often- always be prepared to finish your book and move onto the next one
Find a reading buddy! Having someone to discuss your book with makes it more fun!
Read out loud to your kids and younger siblings! You have a chance to be a reading role model to those younger than you- set a good example and show them how fun reading is!
Set a goal for yourself! Do you want to read two books this month? Ten? Fifty? You can!
Use online resources! There are lots of great websites with free resources for kids and parents. Check out our links below!
Start a book club! Reading the same book as your friends and then discussing it can help you think about your book in a new way and can help you learn more about your friends!
Reading is for everyone! If you're a parent, teacher, or just an adult who doesn't go to school anymore, it's important to remind yourself how rewarding reading can be! As a great bonus, there are real health benefits associated with being a lifelong reader!
education.com offers a free membership and educational resources for kids in Pre-K through 6th grade
startwithabook.org has activities, tips, and book recommendations on 24 different topics
book it! has book recommendations and great free activities related to specific books
imagination library is Dolly Parton's worldwide program that sends a monthly free book to preschool aged children