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IMSA's Information Resource Center Hosts 5th Annual Family Reading Night for Aurora Community

For the fifth 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. This year’s theme was “Buggin’ Out at IMSA!”


Every year, families from McCleery, Oak Park and Smith elementary schools in Aurora look forward to attending IMSA’s event, which serves approximately 150 elementary school students in Aurora and their families.

During the fun-filled and educational evening, the young students and their families watched the play Spider's School Adventure, written by IMSA student Cecilia Countryman and 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.  Because of this year’s theme, science activities included getting ‘up close and personal’ with a variety of bugs, including the dissection of a grasshopper.  In addition, staff from the Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora, part of the Fox Valley Park District, were on hand to display a variety of their creepy-crawlies.  

In addition to the event itself, IMSA students volunteered many 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 several books.  In addition, the Aurora Public Library also was on hand to provide information and resources to families, including library cards.

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 are what make this event for IMSA staff and students so worthwhile.”

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