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The 3rd annual READATHON: a 24-hour, out loud reading challenge to raise funds for the Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, September 25 @ 12 pm to Saturday, September 26 @ 12 pm,

on the corner of 101 East Green Street, right in front of the library

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The READATHON is our challenge to read out loud – one reader at a time, 30 minutes each, for 24 hours straight – to raise funds for our public library. We’re reading right outside TCPL, on the corner of Green and Cayuga streets, from noon to noon on Sept 25 to the 26. Come by anytime during the READATHON – stay as long as you want – and cheer on the joy of reading, the power of information, and the strength of community connections.


Here are some commonly asked questions:


Who’s reading? 48 community members have signed up to be Reader Champions. Registration is first come, first serve and ALL 2015 reading spots have been assigned. During the READATHON, put your name on our list to be notified when registration opens next year.
Who decides what Readers should read? The Readers do! While there are blocks of time dedicated to certain genres (see the list below for full details), the Readers select what they read. They are sharing their love of the written word with us all!


What can I do? You can do two things: donate to support our Readers’ efforts AND come listen along! To donate, click here and know that every dollar that’s donated is matched by a generous grant from the Thaler/Howell Foundation. To listen, stop by anytime (bring your friends and family too!) and grab a comfy seat. We’re shouting our love of reading from the street corner and you really don’t want to miss this 😉


Reading Blocks:

Friday, noon – 4 pm FAMILY FRIENDLY

Friday, 4 – 8 pm BANNED BOOKS (in celebration of Freedom to Read)

Friday, 8 – midnight READER’S CHOICE

Saturday, midnight – 4 am NIGHT OWL (not for the faint of heart!)

Saturday, 4 – 8 am READER’S CHOICE

Saturday, 8 – noon FAMILY FRIENDLY


Reach out to Liz Hudson, or 607-272-4557 ext. 219, with any questions and to share your ideas.
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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.