So There’s a 24-Hour Read-A-Thon Tomorrow…
If you didn’t already need an excuse to read for 24-hours straight, then why not do it for a good cause?… Promote the love of reading by taking part in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon tomorrow.
The virtual event started in 2007 with a blogger named Dewey. Inspired by the round-the-clock annual event that her spouse and son attended, the 24 Hour Comics Day challenge, Dewey created her own endurance test.
For 24 hours straight, participants read. But that’s not all they do. Readers are encouraged to blog, podcast and flood social media with their reviews, opinions and love of the books they just read! While you don’t have to stay up the entire 24-hour period, there will be some bibliophiles who will burn the midnight oil. And probably ingest a lot of caffeine!
Though Dewey is no longer with us, her love of books continues. And this year, more than ever, readers from across the globe are being encouraged to spend their quarantine time reminding others of the joy of reading. Though libraries and bookstores worldwide are closed, they too will be participating in Dewey’s Read-A-Thon. A couple of libraries will have their staff members participate in a day long zoom meeting in which they will take turns reading from favorite books. It’s going to be the perfect capper for what was supposed to be National Library Week!
Book lovers are also encouraged to purchase a gift certificate or place an online order from their favorite local bookseller, used book shop or LCS tomorrow. Let those small businesses that you support them during this economically crippling pandemic.
You can re-read a classic or dive into a new book. Cook books, fact books and even coffee table art books count towards the event! Yes- comic books, trades and graphic novels are allowed!
Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon begins at 8am EST.
If you would like to participate in this year’s reading event, sign up here!