Family Reading Night set for Nov. 17 throughout Illinois

Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging families in Illinois to spend time together reading on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 17, to celebrate the Secretary of State’s annual Family Reading Night.

White explained: “This special event is a night when parents and children are encouraged to turn off the television, computers, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together. Reading together creates a positive learning environment and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime.”

The theme of this year’s event is “Reading Takes You Places.” Thousands of colorful posters and bookmarks have been distributed by the Illinois State Library and Illinois Center for the Book to libraries, schools, literacy programs and other organizations to promote Family Reading Night.

This is the 20th year in which the Secretary of State’s office has sponsored Family Reading Night. It is intended for pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade children and their families.

For more about Family Reading Night, visit

From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue

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