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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Public Library’s Readathon, the annual read-out-loud fundraising event, will take place beginning at noon on Saturday, September 29th and will run for 24 hours straight, till noon on Sunday, September 30th. In its sixth year, the Readathon enlists readers to raise funds for the Library, culminating in a 24-hour celebration of reading out loud outside the Library on Green Street. The goal for this year’s Readathon is $25,000, which will be used to purchase materials for the library’s collection, such as books, movies, music, and more.

This year, a new option has been added for those unable to participate in the event on-site at the Library: a Virtual Readathon. Virtual Readathon participants fundraise just like in-person readers, but can choose to do their reading session at any time during the 24 hours of the event and in any place they’d like. Virtual Readers will be asked to share photos and videos of their read to Social Media while the on-site readings are taking place. To sign up for the Virtual Readathon, or for more information, contact Kerry Barnes at or 272-4557 ext. 232.

There are still slots available for on-site Readathon readers. Go to to see what times are free and to sign up.

The 2018 Readathon is sponsored by the Ithaca Journal, Ithaca Times, Ithaca Voice, and Tompkins Weekly.