It’s the beginning of October, which means that my second favorite day of the year is less than a month away! What’s my second favorite day of the year, you ask? The Read-a-Thon, of course! (Obviously, my favorite day of the year is TBF itself.)
This year’s Read-a-Thon will be held on October 23 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble.
In case not all of you are familiar with the Read-a-Thon, allow me provide you with brief explanation. Imagine curling up in a chair in the Pittsford Barnes & Noble with a book, surrounded by tons of other teens and adults that all love YA lit as much as you do, and reading for four hours straight. Sound like a fantasy? At the Read-a-Thon, it becomes a reality!
The Read-a-Thon serves as TBF’s largest fundraising event. It began as a collection of smaller Read-a-Thons held at individual schools across the county. (I still remember my first Read-a-Thon, held in my high school’s library. I came straight from taking the PSAT exams. Ugh.) Now, the Read-a-Thon is an area-wide event, bringing together teens and adults with a mutual love for YA fiction and TBF.
This year, each reader who participates in the Read-a-Thon is asked to bring a donation of at least $15 to support the Teen Book Festival. Donations can be collected via sponsorships. So, just as you would go to family and friends asking them to sponsor you for a charity walk, ask your family and friends to sponsor you for the Read-a-Thon.
Like last year, there is an added incentive for readers in this year’s Read-a-Thon. The teen who collects the most money in pledges will win two tickets to this year’s author dinner, held the evening before TBF 2011. The adult who collects the most money in pledges will win a $25 TBF gift certificate, good for all sorts of TBF merchandise on the day of the festival.
Barnes & Noble will also hold an in-store bookfair the day of the Read-a-Thon, so if you bring this voucher to the clerk, part of the profit from your purchase will be donated to the Teen Book Festival.
Another great reason to participate in this year’s Read-a-Thon? Laurie Halse Anderson will be visiting the Pittsford Barnes & Noble for a reading and book signing during the Read-a-Thon!
Pre-registration IS required for this year’s Read-a-Thon. So, if you’re interested in participating (and I hope you all are!), get in contact with the TBF committee through this page right here.
If you’re not able to make it the Read-a-Thon, there’s another great way to support TBF. From October 24 until October 28, you can support TBF by buying books online from Barnes & Noble’s website. You need to enter a special code in order for TBF to get a portion of the proceeds and you can find that code right here.
Teen Book Festival happens every year because of donations from generous groups and individuals and events like the Read-a-Thon and the Barnes & Noble Bookfair. So share the love for TBF! Attend the Read-a-Thon, buy a book in-store on October 23, or shop online from October 24-28.