Inland Empire Reading Council

An affiliate of the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the California Reading Associated (CRA) serving Southern California's communuty.

A book is a gift you can open again and again. 
—Garrison Keillor


Thank you to our supporters and affiliates:

California State University San Bernardino

Riverside County Office of Education

San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools

International Literacy Association

California Reading Association 

and others...
















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IERC President

Jeanne Gahagan


Welcome to the official website of the IERC!


August 3rd, 2016 

New Teacher Orientation Event


Moreno Valley Unified School District    

Look out for our booth at the Bridges Learning Center to sign up to be a member of the Inland Empire Reading Council and enter a raffle for some great teacher resources.

September 24th, 2016

Making Literacy Connections


The Ameal Moore Nature Center

Join us at the Nature Center at 9am to connect literacy and nature. More information to come.


 Monday, APRIL 25th – The IERC met Gardner, Annie

of Annie’s Garden and Patio

And built their own succulent planters!

  It was a wonderful event where we were able to enjoy good company, engaged our creative side in choosing plants and arranging them in our planters, and learned some valuable information about how to connect gardening in the classroom.

    APRIL IS:  

                       Poetry Month with National Library Week  

A haiku from ILA:

 Searching the bookshelves

On a quest through printed tomes*

Helped by friendly guides 

(*large, heavy books)

Spark an Interest in Poetry

Get students hooked on reading through powerful poetry books for all ages of learners. Access the ILA website, Daily Blog,, to read reviews of poetry books for all ages!





Rain prevented Inland Empire Reading Council Members from enjoying the Ameal Moore Nature Center (Canyon Crest) for an opportunity to experience literacy connections to Nature! Hopefully we can reschedule with the nature center to enjoy the beautiful environment and learn about their many resources.

However, right now you can access:, call (951-826-2596) or contact, Museum Educator, Kimberly Cobb, to learn more about program offerings and the Ameal Moore Nature Center.


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            The Jared Box Project (

On Monday, February 8th, IERC joined DKG Chapter, Epsilon Eta, at Mountain View MS, MVUSD, Moreno Valley, to create Smile Boxes for hospitalized children. IERC donated books to read, activities to enjoy from National Geographic, card games, journals, pens/pencils, play doh, and more to put into the Jared Boxes.  The hope is that the Jared Boxes will be fun surprises for children, birth-14, to have at their bedside, and hopefully  bring a little literacy joy as well!  It was very rewarding for Erin Masi and I to give of our time and materials. We wished that more IERC members could have joined us. But it was good to talk with DKG educators who have similar goals as we do in IERC, and we plan to join together again for Promoting Literacy for All!  

                           IERC ANNOUNCEMENTS

IERC on INSTAGRAM! Follow us @inland_empire_reading_council


In December IERC granted two Grants for Literacy from applications submitted by November 1, 2015, to increase literacy learning in a classroom or school. The two $500 IERC Literacy Grants were awarded to:

Mary Harris, retired educator, Jurupa USD, presently coaching new teachers with the Center for Teacher Innovation; is supporting literacy development through an increase in literacy materials for each of her four new teachers. 

Terri Labik, Instructional Coach MVUSD, is supporting a parent literacy program to increase English Language Learning skills for parents at Edgemont Elementary, MVUSD.

May 2016: "Write on with Reading" Writing Contest.

Details will be published in our spring E-Newsletter

     2015 Winners :

     Scarlett Vasquez K-2, Riverside

     Thomas Larez 3-5, Coachella

      Isabella Rivera 6-8, Menifee

      De Vont'e Webster 9-12, Moreno Valley

were recognized at the October 23-24, 2015, CRA Professional     Development Institute in Riverside, CA and IERC E-News! 

November 4-5, 2016: "Literacy: The Bridge to Hope and Opportunity" 2016 CRA Professional Development Institute being help at the Visalia Convention Center