Saturday, January 24, 2015

Celebrate National Readathon Day, TODAY from Noon-4 P.M. #NationalReadathonDay #TimeToRead

It's National Readathon Day #NationalReadathonDay!  A day in which you can help promote literacy. 

Readers are invited to sit and read from 12 pm - 4 pm! That's right, you are awarded guilt
free reading in the middle of your busy Saturday afternoon to sit and read your favorite books, pick up new books, and kick back and relax. How can you say no to promote literacy, and taking time to have guilt free reading? Many of us readers are expanding that time to even longer. 

The important thing about today, is taking the time to read, and promote something many of take for granted, being able to read. If you can't join in from noon-4 pm, read earlier, or later. If you can take part during designated times, please do so. 

Be sure to tweet about it via: #NationalReadathonDay & #TimeToRead. 

I've shared a post from Penguin Random House, who along with GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation, has put together today's National READATHON Day. Taken from their post here, this is what they said about today:

You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. 40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. Each year, millions of Americans — especially our youth — are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.” 
Help change lives this winter by celebrating National Readathon Day with Penguin Random House, GoodReadsMashable, and the National Book Foundation. Together with your support, we hope to help fund their efforts to educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading. 
You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.Get started now by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page, and inviting friends and family to donate, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. 
If you represent a bookstore, library or school, we invite your venue to host a “reading party” during the Readathon, so your local community can gather and read together. You can also create a fundraising team (named for your bookstore or library), enabling your community to fund raise together as a group to contribute to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to promote reading in America. Visit our Readathon Resources page for supporting materials and information on how to get started. 
And be sure to share your experiences and photos using the hash tag, #timetoread!
For more information about today's Readathon, check out Penguin Random House's About The Readathon, How To Participate, Readathon Resources, Participating Venues, and FAQs about today's event. 
If you're in Austin, TX stop by BOOK PEOPLE today between 12 noon and 4 pm!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~