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IMSA’s Information Resource Center Hosts Family Reading Night for Young, Eager Readers

For the third year, IMSA’s Information Resource Center and student volunteers coordinated and hosted IMSA Community Family Reading Night for area elementary school students and their families. See photos from the event:

Every year the number of young, eager readers continues to grow and this year, 60 families from McCleery, Oak Park and Smith elementary schools in Aurora attended the event. 

During the fun-filled and educational evening, the young students and their families watched the play The Library Dragon performed by IMSA Drama Club students, listened to storytelling by IMSA students, designed and made crafts, and participated in hands-on science activities in IMSA’s laboratories.  Approximately 120 elementary school students were served by this event. 

In addition to the event itself, IMSA students volunteered more than 600 hours of their time preparing for the event, which involved planning, advertising and writing letters to local businesses seeking their support for raffles and donations. 

As in past years, the elementary school students were also treated to ice cream donated by Oberweis Dairy.

As a bonus, through the Literacy Program of the Junior League of DuPage and Kane Counties, every student walked away with a Magic Tree House book.

IMSA Supervisor of Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Angela Richardson said she is already looking forward to planning next year’s event.

“To see the smile on the face of each young student and to know that IMSA supports my passion of giving back to the community is what makes this event for IMSA staff and students so worthwhile.”