National Readathon Day – January 24

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Tonight I was browsing Goodreads when I saw a post about National Readathon Day. I don’t need an excuse to read more but I was intrigued nonetheless. Turns out that National Readathon Day isn’t just an excuse to read – it’s a fundraiser to help “educate, tutor, create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.”

Organized by Penguin Random House, Goodreads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation, the virtual event takes place from Noon – 4pm (in your respective timezone) on Saturday, January 24. The fundraiser component is managed through Firstgiving, and proceeds go to the National Book Foundation. There are even rewards for various fundraising levels. You can make an online page and send the link to friends or family to raise money for this worthy cause!

I love reading but even if you don’t, it’s a skill that’s needed to get ahead in life. According to the National Readathon Day site, “40% of American adults are either at or below basic reading proficiency, and 14% are fully illiterate.” And if you’re illiterate or below the basic reading proficiency, you probably aren’t going to inspire the next generation to read; everything is cyclical. For that reason, I’ve started a fundraising page with a small goal of $100. If even a few people develop a love of reading or at least gain the skill to read above the basic reading proficiency then this will be a huge win!

Are you going to participate in National Readathon Day? Four hours of undivided reading time sounds like heaven!

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