SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — The Illinois State Library will mark annual Family Reading Night on November 16th this year. The event encourages families to read as a group to reinforce the importance of building literacy skills at a young age, but also to build family bonds.

Local libraries will coordinate community-wide reading efforts, but families are encouraged to break out on their own as well, inviting multiple generations to spend the night reading together.

“It’s almost as important to talk about reading as it is to read!” notes Greg McCormick of the Illinois State Library. “Family Reading Night establishes that reading is important- and younger people will model what their parents do.”

The statewide event is coordinated by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office. White also serves as the Illinois State Librarian.

The Illinois State Library offers free reading resources and family activities online: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/frn.html