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Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Snapshots

IRA Community Book Fair Snapshots

Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -

On November 18, 2017, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its 17th Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Micronesian Resource Center; Philippine School; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.

Guam IRA Donation to organizations on November 18, 2017: Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Rufina Mendiola, Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) member; Aileen Namelo, Micronesia Resource Center Project Manager; Rose Cruz Castro, Guam IRA President; Liwanag Dominguez, Philippine school representative; and Geri Charfauros, Guam IRA Treasurer.

IRA Guam Anthology


Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Vivian Wolff at the Grants table.


Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!

Application Deadlines: April & October meetings, 11:00 a.m.

IRA Grant Application for SY2019-2020

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November 15 & 16 - Language Arts Conference
December 14
January 11
February 8 - RAT Kick-Off
March 21
April 18 - Spend It All, Spend It Now
May 2

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Annual Book Donation to Alee Shelter and DOC

IRA board member Manda Tenorio delivered the annual book donation from the Guam Council International Reading Association to our local Prison and Alee Shelter, Catholic Social Services.

Guam IRA annual book donation to the Alee Shelter. Receiving the books is Carol Crisostomo from the Alee Shelter, Catholic Social Services

Guam IRA annual book donation to the Department of Corrections library.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Enjoy this special holiday with your loved ones, and be sure to thank those who have touched your life and made a difference. May God bestow upon you abundant blessings on this day and always.  Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!

Thursday, November 21, 2019


DECEMBER 14, 2019


Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Venue: Agana Shopping Center

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

IRA Grant Winners: Anicas and San Nicolas

Vivian Wolff, Chairperson of IRA’s Grants Committee, presented checks to Liwayway Anicas of JQ San Migel, for her grant project, entitled “Keep Quiet, Listen, and Read On" and to Ciann San Nicolas of Inarajan Elementary School, for her grant project entitled, “Inspiring a Love for Literacy.  Each semester the IRA, in conjunction with the UOG School of Education Alumni Association, awards two grants for innovative ideas that promote literacy. The Spring Grant Cycle will take place in April. For more information, go to for grant guidelines and application form.

Ciann San Nicolas, a teacher at Inarajan Elementary School, received $500.00 to build her classroom library and implement her “Inspiring a Love for Literacy” proposal. 

J.Q. San Miguel Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Liwayway Anicas, received a $500.00 grant from the International Reading Association for her “Keep Quiet, Listen, and Read On” proposal for her classroom.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

SOE Alumni Donation to IRA

The SOE Alumni Association presented a check of $1,000 to Guam IRA for the sponsorship of IRA grants.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, SOE Alumni Webmaster; Rose C. Castro, SOE Alumni President; Nilfa Milan, Guam IRA President; Martha Sudo, SOE Alumni Secretary; and Dr. Darlene Roberto, SOE Alumni Treasurer.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Educators Encourage Youngsters to Read for Fun

Representatives of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the UOG School of Education Alumni Association (SOEAA) receive congratulations on their joint efforts to encourage Guam youngsters to read for fun from local author, Frances Baumann, and her husband, attorney Ladd Baumann. The couple contributed 300 children’s books to be used as prizes to public elementary school students who participate in the next islandwide
Read-a-thon. The books Ramon on the Phone and Midge at the Fridge are written by Frances Baumann and feature funny stories told in rhyme about a CHamoru “coach potato” and his “junk-food-junkie” friend who discover how to get fit and eat right. The storybooks, which
include audio narration and companion activities, games, and jump rope songs, are now available online at
In addition to its annual Read-a-thon for children and in keeping with its goal to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia, the IRA is hosting its 32nd annual regional Language Arts Conference for teachers and parents this weekend on Nov. 15 and 16 at the Pacific Star Resort.
Pictured left to right are: Vivian Wolff, Chairperson of IRA Grants; Margaret Beem, Vice President of SOEAA; Ladd & Fran Baumann; and Trini Chargualaf, retired GDOE principal.