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.