Ruth Strand Reading Challenge

2022 Ruth Strand Reading Challenge

Every year, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation and the Elmhurst History Museum honor the legacy of Ms. Ruth Strand, the longtime Head Librarian at the Elmhurst Public Library, an avid historian, and dedicated Elmhurst History Museum founding board member and volunteer. This year, her passion for literacy and history will come together in a new initiative: The Ruth Strand Reading Challenge

During the month of March, Elmhurst students in 2nd-5th grade are invited to log a list (DOWNLOAD FORM HERE) of history-related books that they read throughout the month. Students who read at least 15 books can return the completed book log to the Elmhurst History Museum gift shop during the month of April and they will receive a free treat from Kilwin's courtesy of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation. 

Students should include the book title and author, and a parent or guardian must sign off on each entry. A bonus for your school: Schools that have at least 20 participants will also receive a $100.00 donation to their school’s library. 

We hope you will join us in honoring one of Elmhurst’s finest while embracing two things Ruth Strand loved: books and history! Thank you for your participation and support of the 2022 Ruth Strand Reading Challenge.

If you have any questions, please contact our Supervisor of Education Services, Jessie Wandersee, at

To find out more about Ruth Strand, click here.

To download the form in Spanish, click here.