iREAD California Overview

iREAD California provides public libraries with Resource Guides, professionally-designed artwork, and access to theme-based promotional materials and incentives. The Resource Guide is created in partnership with the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD program — a leader in summer reading program development for over 30 years. The Resource Guide and artwork are provided free of charge to California public libraries with the support of an LSTA grant from the California State Library.  Librarians say:

We couldn’t possibly do the quality SRP we do without all of the great programming ideas, book lists, and other excellent resources provided to us.”

CLA and iREAD created the iREAD California partnership because:

  • iREAD creates high-quality summer programming materials for libraries.
  • California librarians are closely involved in program development.
  • Purchases from the iREAD store support library advocacy.

Credits and Rules of Use

The Summer @ Your Library program is supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding which is administered by the California State Librarian. Grant recipients must ensure that the Library Services and Technology Act receive full credit as the funding program and that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) likewise, is acknowledged as the federal source of funds.

Therefore, we request that participating libraries credit the Library Services and Technology Act on publications and information. An appropriate statement for a publication or project press release is:

“Summer @ Your Library is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.”

As appropriate, this disclaimer should be added:

“The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.”

This credit line on products of a project, such as materials and publicity, is important to foster support from the public and by state and federal funding sources. For more examples from Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provided for recipients of national level grants, please see their http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/GCK.pdf.

iREAD Store and Shipping Schedule

Head to the iREAD e-shop for theme-based promotional materials and incentives. Income from purchases made at the iREAD store is used to support library advocacy efforts. Check out the shipping schedule to ensure your items arrive on time. Librarians say:

The materials are professional and reflect the importance of summer reading. The graphics are extremely beneficial for presenting a polished look and are a time-saver for staff.”