What is National Readathon Day?

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National Readathon Day is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy. This year, Readathon Day is presented as part of ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign, and will benefit ALA's Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from birth to age five in libraries across the nation.

Penguin Random House is dedicated to creating lifelong readers by supporting programs such as Every Child Ready to Read. As part of its commitment to #Readathon2016, Penguin Random House has announced its Library Awards for Innovation, where libraries across the country will have the opportunity to apply for grant awards in support of creating the most innovative community-based programs in 2016. Libraries are encouraged to use Readathon Day as a jumping off point for submissions to the Library Awards for Innovation. Leading up to and during #Readathon2016, you can contribute to ALA and Every Child Ready to Read by visiting the Firstgiving Fundraising page and sharing with friends and family. Remember to join Readathon Day fun on social media, using the hashtag #Readathon2016, and visit the Share page to find shareable images and videos, and local reading parties. Last year’s inaugural Readathon Day put the national spotlight on reading in support of the National Book Foundation’s literacy programs. This year, #Readathon2016 shines a light on libraries and early childhood literacy through Every Child Ready to Read. Join in and give back by clicking here.