Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Read-a-Thon to Raise Awareness & Money

Seacoastonline.com: From Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 17 volunteers participated in a 24-hour Read-A-Thon at SecondRun Bookstore in Portsmouth to benefit a local nonprofit. Volunteers read, answered literary trivia questions, played Scrabble, and heard a local author read from his work, all while raising money to support programs for children and youth with autism at The Birchtree Center.

The event, officially known as Great Expectations: A Reading Marathon (GERM), was founded by RiverRun and SecondRun Bookstores in early 2008. The Read-A-Thon is meant to bring attention to reading and independent bookstores, while raising money for local nonprofits. GERM has gained national attention, and this year, during the month of October, nine independent bookstores around the country are hosting their own events...[read more here]

1 comment:

The Birchtree Center said...

Thanks for spreading the word about our Read-A-Thon! We were especially happy to have so many young people participating in the event. Anyone who thinks that today's high school students don't appreciate books and literature should meet the students in the Teen Literary Club at Portsmouth High School!

You can view links to other press coverage about the event at http://birchtreecenter.blogspot.com/2008/10/read-thon-report.html.