Illinois Center for the Book
Read for a Lifetime
Read for a Lifetime, sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois Center for Book, is the first statewide reading program to target high school students, was designed to promote the enjoyment of reading by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewarding them for their effort. By participating in Read for a Lifetime, students develop a love of books and reading that will last a lifetime.
- Illinois high schools participating in the program receive a list of 25 book titles, which represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature.
- Each student who reads at least four titles from the posted booklist during the school year will receive a certificate of achievement signed by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.
- Blind or visually impaired students may work with their local Reading for a Lifetime coordinator to substitute those titles unavailable in Braille or Talking Books. To avoid any confusion on the final completion form, please identify those students and list the substituted title(s).
- Print or type the name and current grade level of each student when completing the Student Participation Form. Please circle the name of any senior who is participating in the program for the fourth consecutive year.
- Please make note of any senior who is participating in the program for the fourth consecutive year, having read all 25 titles each year.
- The deadline for submitting the School/Library Participation Form is November 15 of the current school year.
- In order to process and issue certificates in a timely manner, the Final Reporting Form must be returned to the State Library by April 15 of the current school year.
- All forms can be sent via U.S. mail, fax, or email to:
Illinois State Library
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1796
- 2016-2017 Booklist
- School/Library Participation Form
- Student Participation Form
- Final Reporting Form
- Over the history of the program 19,567 students and adults from more than 500 high schools and public libraries throughout Illinois have read 90,777 books.
- 490 high school seniors have received special recognition for having completed the program requirements during all four years of high school.
- 161 students have read all 25 books on the list in a given school year.
- 12 high school seniors have received special recognition from Secretary of State Jesse White for completing the program requirements all four years, by reading all 25 titles each year.