ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Public Library is aiming to raise $25,000 at this year’s Readathon, an annual event where people read out loud all day to support the library. The Readathon will take place all day Saturday.

All day Saturday, volunteers will take turns reading for 30 minutes. Some people will read original works, others selections from children’s favorites like “Charlotte’s Web.” For any “Winnie the Pooh” fans, Scott Hitz will be reading the classic story along with a bear puppet. The reading challenge will officially kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday with TCPL Director Annette Birdsall reading selections from Ursula LeGuin’s “The Wave in the Mind.” And it will end with a grand finale around midnight by Luca Maurer.

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The money raised goes toward purchasing books, movies, music and other materials for the library’s collection.

Kerry Barnes, assistant director of the TCPL Foundation, noted that there are a couple of changes to the event this year, like the time frame. The Readathon will take place from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, April 27, at the Tompkins County Public Library at 101 E. Green St., Ithaca.

For Barnes, the best part of the event is seeing the “creativity blossom,” she said with what people choose to read and how they perform it.

To learn more and see the full reader schedule, visit To support a reader, visit this webpage.

Kelsey O'Connor

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