Local Council Community Service Award

The Local Council Community Service Award honors a local, student or special interest IRA council for outstanding service to its community and literacy.

Many unique ideas have been realized through such community projects. Examples include information packets for parents of newborns, programs and materials for children and adults living in shelters, and reading promotion activities for the local library. These projects reach beyond their immediate community and become models that others can adapt to meet literacy needs outside the classroom.

A winner and up to four finalists are honored each year at the IRA Annual Conference.

The deadline for this award is October 31.

For more information, contact Council Services.

Award Recipients


1st place

Cody Reading Council

President: Rebecca Davis


1st place

Jefferson County Reading Council (Arkansas)

President: Susan Bitely

2nd place

Moore County
(North Carolina)

President: Misty Clark


1st place

Rochester Area Council (Rochester, New York)

President: Annette Schianor 

2nd place

Kokomo Council
(Kokomo, Indiana)

President: Carol Lutz 


1st place

Northern Illinois Reading Council, Chana, Illinois, USA

President: Kim McKenna
Project: Books in the Home

2nd place

Franklin County Reading Council, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA

President: Carolyn Cook
Project: Reading Matters® to Babies


1st place

Rockingham County Council, Reidsville, North Carolina, USA

President: Kim Powell
Project: 2008 Rockingham County Community Reading Conference

2nd place

Mid-Columbia Council, Hood River, Oregon, USA

President: Mary Reynolds
Project: Hungry for Books

3rd place

Robeson Council, Parkton, North Carolina

President: Janice Gardner
Project: Healing Hearts with Books


1st place

Pierre Area Reading Council, Pierre, South Dakota, USA

President: Kathy Kraft
Project: Mom’s Making Memories

2nd place

Rainbow Reading Council, Holly Pond, Alabama, USA

President: Vickie Alldredge
Project: Promoting Literacy in Cullman County

3rd place

Niagara Frontier Reading Council, Depew, New York, USA

President: Elizabeth Tynan
Project: Wild About Reading


1st place

Lawrence Area Reading Council, Kansas, USA

President: Karen Stephenson
Project: Building a Foundation with Books

2nd place

Cherokee Strip Reading Council, Oklahoma, USA

President: Victoria Wilson
Project: Helping Children in Need

3rd place

Twin Rivers Council, North Carolina, USA

President: Margo Morris
Project: Annual Reading Fun Day


1st place

Delaware Valley Reading Association, Pennsylvania, USA

President: Janine L. Sack
Project: Books + Books = Literacy in Norristown

2nd place

Elko County Reading Council, Nevada, USA

President: Mary Licht
Project: Young Authors

3rd place

Phoenix West Reading Council, Arizona, USA

Jefferson County Reading Council, Arkansas, USA

President: Jerri L. Horning
Project: Run for Literacy

President: Paula D. Findley
Project: Read Across America


1st place

Hardy Reading Council, Iowa, USA

President: Karla B. Bronzynski
Project: Books for Second Looks

2nd place

Eastern Shore Reading Council, Maryland, USA

President: Jeanette C. Mears
Project: Ready For School

3rd place

White River Reading Council, Arkansas, USA

President: Julie L. Huskey
Project: Run to Read


1st place

Guam Council of IRA Barrigada, Guam

President: Rowena Dimla
Project: Y.A. Cafe

2nd place

Sagebrush Reading Council Craig, CO, USA

President: Charlotte Mason
Project: Books in Offices


1st place

Harnett Council Raleigh, NC, USA

President: Elaine DuPree
Project: Fostering Literacy Through Birthday Wishes

2nd place

Franklin County Reading Council Ottawa, KS, USA

President: Vickie Hall
Project: Franklin County Children's Literature Festival

3rd place

Duval County Reading Council Jacksonville, FL, USA

President: Beth Bradley
Project: Building Heart Into Reading


1st place

Greater Boston Council of the IRA Lexington, MA, USA

President: Jean Helstrom
Project: Storybook Character Breakfast

2nd place

Jefferson County Council Jefferson County, CO, USA

President: Elaine Andrade
Project: Backpack Buddy Program

3rd place (tie)

Apple Valley Reading Council Auburn, NE, USA

President: Sally Hutt
Project: Parade of Books

3rd place (tie)

Mahoning Valley Council Youngstown, OH, USA

President: Dora Bailey
Project: Hope Library


1st place

Springfield Council of Missouri Springfield, MO, USA

President: Laurie Edmondson
Project: Sky High on Reading

2nd place (tie)

North Central Reading Council Minot, ND, USA

President: Linda Hanson
Project: Beyond Bedtime Stories

2nd place (tie)

Jordan Council Midvale, UT, USA

President: Susan A. Mathis
Project: We Love Books


1st place

Mid-Columbia Reading Council Mosier, OR, USA

President: Karen Bailey
Project: Workplace Literacy Project

2nd place

New Hanover County Reading Association Wilmington, NC, USA

President: Ava Bevins
Project: Tales for Tots

3rd place (tie)

Missouri Southern State College Student IRA Council Joplin, MO, USA

President: Debi Hay
Project: Books, Books, Books

3rd place (tie)

Tulsa County Reading Council Tulsa, OK, USA

President: Nickie Inbody
Project: Elementary Young Authors;’ Conference


1st place

Harnett County Council Lillington, NC, USA

President: Mary Lou Mackintosh
Project: Books-N-Bags

2nd place (tie)

Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council Scottsdale, AZ, USA

President: Carole Krag
Project: Hands on Books

2nd place (tie)

Emerald Empire Reading Council Cottage Grove, OR, USA

President: Nanci Strickland
Project: B.E.A.R. Faire (Be Excited About Reading)


1st place

Duval County Reading Council Jacksonville, FL, USA

President: Becky Rhoden
Project: Hubbard House Project

2nd place (tie)

Saskatoon and District Reading Council Saskatoon, SK, CAN

President: Leslie Widdifield-Konkin
Project: Anytime Is Story Time...Give Your Child the Gift of Reading

2nd place (tie)

Metro Atlanta Council Decatur, GA, USA

President: Patricia Carter
Project: The Atlanta Project

3rd place

Tucson Area Reading Council Tucson, AZ, USA

President: Marilyn Ludwig
Project: Books for Tots to Teens



1st place (tie)

Laurel Reading Council DuBois, PA, USA

President: Karen Foster
Project: Reading: The Gift of A Lifetime Hospital Project

1st place (tie)

Twin Rivers Council Havelock, NC, USA

President: Pam Holder
Project: Reading Fun Day

2nd place

Arkadelphia Area Reading Council Arkadelphia, AR, USA

President: Rhonda Frederick
Project: Sharing Literacy: A Day Care Project


1st place

Greater Washington Reading Council Burke, VA, USA

President: Lynn Levin
Project: Book Beginnings: A Day Care Literacy Project

2nd place (tie)

MID-State Reading Council Bloomington, IL, USA

President: Sheila Diaz
Project: Book Showers for Literacy

2nd place (tie)

Delaware Valley Reading Association Wyndmoor, PA, USA

President: Anne Brown
Project: Homeless Children and Reading Committee (HCRC)

3rd place (tie)

Wabash Valley Council of IRA West Terre Haute, IN, USA

President: Janet L. Higgins
Project: Young Authors;’ Book Fair

3rd place (tie)

Mercer County Reading Council Princeton, WV, USA

President: Dawn Staten
Project: Family Literacy Day in the Park;—Family Literacy Center


1st place

Smoky Mountain Reading Council Knoxville, TN, USA

President: Bunnie Creasman
Project: Read to Me Package for Newborns

2nd place

Twin Rivers Council New Bern, NC, USA

President: Rosemary Enos
Project: Celebrations Project

3rd place

Mid Valley Reading Council Corvallis, OR, USA

President: Carol Brown
Project: Teen Mothers



Western Dunes Reading Council Muskegon, MI, USA

President: Joan Warnaar
Project: Muskegon Museum of Art and Western Dunes Reading Council Project


Arrowhead Reading Council Duluth, MN, USA

President: Andrea Bauer
Project: Author Visit and Theatre Production

Lower Mainland Council of IRA Vancouver, BC, CAN

President: Honey Halpern
Project: First Visit Book Program



Glacial Lakes Reading Council Hazel, SD, USA

President: Elizabeth M. K. Parliament
Project: The Book Wish Project


Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Reading Council Urbanna, VA, USA

President: Eileen C. O'Brien
Project: Story Tapes

Kent Reading Council Ada, MI, USA

President: Kathleen D. Moxley
Project: Rock and Read



Wichita Area Reading Council Wichita, KS, USA

President: Carolyn Pitcher
Project: Foster Grandparents Summer Tutoring Program


Osage Reading Council Pawhuska, OK, USA

President: Patsy Simmons
Project: Reading for All Ages

Kent Reading Association Kent, WA, USA

President: Joyce Ann Minehan
Project: Feed Me Books



Brooklyn Reading Council Brooklyn, NY, USA

President: Eticia Sosnick
Project: Brooklyn Reading Council;’s Community Outreach Program to Improve Literacy Skills of Homeless Mothers and Children at a Temporary Housing Setting


Metropolitan Reading Council Omaha, NE, USA

President: Cheryl Goodwillie
Project: The Listening Library for Elderly Citizens of the Omaha Metropolitan Area Confined to Nursing Homes

Guam Council, IRA Tamuning, GUM

President: Sheryl J. Nist
Project: Clifford;’s Visit to Guam

Fox Valley Reading Council Oshkosh, WI, USA

President: Debra J. Bunker Project: Reading Awareness in the Community: Creating a Partnership between Business, Community, and School

East Central Reading Council Altamont, IL, USA

President: Karyn Grunloh Project: School/Community/Business Project—“Day of the Young Reader”



Valley Reading Council

President: Marcia A. Kenyon
Project: Red River Valley Task Force for Literacy


Raleigh-Wake Council of IRA

President: Judy H. Rackley
Project: BYOB—Bring Your Own Book

Erie Reading Council

President: Nancy Horner
Project: Erie Reading Council Goes to the Zoo



Newport News Council of Virginia

Project: Books for Babies

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