Illinois Center for the Book

Family Reading Night

Due to the Illinois state budget impasse, the Illinois State Library will not be able to print the November 2016 Family Reading Night posters and bookmarks. These materials are available for download below. If printing and distribution from the Secretary of State's Office is possible for Family Reading Night 2017, an order form will be made available on this web page. Please check this web page and E-News, the State Library’s weekly newsletter, regularly for program updates.

Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event held the third Thursday in November to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. It is sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White and Illinois Center for the Book. The next Family Reading Night will be November 17, 2016.

Family Reading Night Poster

Each year, posters and bookmarks are made available for libraries, schools, youth and literacy organizations to promote their Family Reading Night programs.

Download 2016 Posters and Bookmarks

Activities and Event Suggestions

Family Reading Night Photos

Photos from your Family Reading Night event showing families reading together, may be submitted for consideration in future Illinois State Library publications. Email photos in JPEG format to

Please note: All photo correspondence must include the name of the agency and contact information. Each photo should include a description, as well as the first and last names of each person in the photo. If any of your photos are selected, you will be contacted to obtain release information for those in the pictures.

*Family Reading Night is sponsored in cooperation with iREAD, a program of the Illinois Library Association, and Illinois Reads, a project of the Illinois Reading Council.