Lt. Governor Donates Books to Springfield Schools

Hundreds of books collected at Illinois State Fair will go to area students

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon donated hundreds of books to Springfield School District 186 on Thursday. Simon’s office collected the books throughout the 2014 Illinois State Fair, which ran from Aug. 8 through Aug. 17. Simon is also sponsoring a back-to-school book drive at the DuQuoin State Fair, which begins Friday.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Springfield students will find new books in their classrooms when they return to school this year,” Simon said. “We hope that by donating these books, we can help turn students on to reading at a young age and put them on a path of lifelong learning.”

“I am pleased to join the Lt. Governor this Thursday to accept a generous donation of new and gently used books for Springfield Public School District 186 students,” said Springfield Public School District 186 Superintendent, Mrs. Jennifer Gill. “Providing reading materials for students during the school day and materials to take home is essential in achieving their reading goals. I appreciate the Lt. Governor’s office in their endeavors to collect books during the 2014 Illinois State Fair.”

As an ambassador for Illinois Reads, Simon partnered with the Illinois Reading Council to hold the back-to-school book drive at her tent during the 10-day fair. Visitors could drop off new or gently used children’s books, and also register to win the 36 books selected for Illinois Reads 2014, a literacy project aimed at children and adults.

“The Illinois Reading Council is proud to call Lt. Governor Simon an Illinois Reads ambassador. As such, she has helped us to promote reading all across the state,” said Illinois Reading Council Past President Tammy Potts, committee chair for Illinois Reads. “With 36 titles by 36 Illinois authors, Illinois Reads has something for everyone, from read-alouds for babies, to interesting and thrilling books for students and seniors.

Lt. Governor Simon is encouraging visitors to the DuQuoin State Fair to donate new or gently-used books, which will be donated to DuQuoin schools. The Lt. Governor’s tent is located across from the grandstand and will be open Friday, Aug. 22 to Monday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends. For more information about Illinois Reads, please visit