In 2002, Joliet Public Schools - District 86 formed a committee made up of School District employees and Board Members, Joliet Public Library staff, business partners, and community members to discuss reading programs and strategies.
Research shows that the more children read, the better learners they become. Joliet Reads was designed as a community initiative to encourage reading both at home and at school, with a goal of promoting the joy of reading for all ages, and encouraging reading as a family and classroom activity
The Joliet Reads committee recommends book selections for eight age groups: PreKindergarten/Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Grades 6-8 and High School/Mature Advanced Readers. These selections are highlighted at Joliet Public Schools and at the Joliet Public Library. Copies of each title are purchased for all Joliet Public Schools District 86 classrooms to encourage student activities, and are available for checkout at the Joliet Public Library’s Ottawa and Black Road branches..
Annual Joliet Reads events also include a bookmark art contest, and a district-wide reading celebration recognizing students and staff members from all 20 Joliet Public Schools.