College of Education & Human Services

Reading Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the Western Illinois University Reading Center is to provide essential services in reading and related areas which otherwise may not be readily available to the population which the Reading Center serves.

Our Services

The School of Education at Western Illinois University offers a variety of services through the Reading Center, including:

  • assessment services in reading and related areas to individuals in west central Illinois
  • materials available for check out to students and faculty in the School of Education
  • consultation and staff development services for public and private school teachers, administrators and members of the WIU community
  • operates the America Reads Challenge tutoring program at several area elementary schools (WIU students serve as tutors in this after school program.)
  • engages in research related to literacy

Western Illinois University Reading Center also facilitates the nationwide America Reads program. The goal of the America Reads program is for each child in America to be able to read independently by the third grade. The university has a team of coordinators and tutors who assist Macomb students from Pre-K through 6th grade in improving their reading skills. For more information about the America Reads Program, call (309) 298-2849 or email

During regular fall and spring semesters, the Reading Center serves students in public and private schools in west central Illinois, as well as individuals in west central Illinois who may not be currently enrolled as students.

The Reading Center usually serves people through referrals from teachers, parents, school administrators, school reading specialist and Western Illinois University faculty, but individuals may contact the Reading Center for services.

The Reading Center is located in Horrabin Hall room 46 on the Western Illinois University campus.

Contact Information:

Dr. Melissa Stinnett
School of Education
Western Illinois University
Horrabin Hall 54
1 University Circle
Macomb, Il 61455