Anyone up for National Readathon Day, January 24, 2015? (It's actually only 4 hours)
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National Readathon Day
Consider this: 53% of 9-year-olds read for pleasure daily, and by the time they turn 17, that number drops to 19%. Without your help, book worms may soon become an endangered species.
That's why Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation are launching National Readathon Day. We're asking book lovers across America to pledge to read for four hours starting at noon (in respective time zones) on January 24, 2015.
NOTE: This is an NBF fundraiser, but you don't have to pledge $$ to participate.
Details (from http://www.nationalbook.org/2015_readathon.html )
What's National Readathon Day (NRD)?
- NRD is a nation-wide marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24 from Noon – 4pm (in respective time zones)
- You can share your love of books and support programs that promote reading by pledging to read and fundraising for the National Book Foundation
- It's like a walk-a-thon charity drive, but we're turning pages instead of walking laps.
What does the National Book Foundation (NBF) do?
- The NBF's mission is to expand the audience for literature in America.
- We're dedicated to promoting literacy and reading through programs like the National Book Awards, BookUp, 5 Under 35, and the Innovations in Reading Prize.
How do I get involved?
- Pledge to make #TimeToRead by registering for National Readathon Day on Firstgiving
- Fundraise individually or as a team and you'll be eligible for great prizes for book lovers of all ages
- You can start your own team of friends and colleagues, or join a team captained by your local bookstore or library.
Details on doing the fundraising aspect can be found here:
I'll probably just read.
Thanks for the headsup ;)
Thank you for posting this Lucinda. I was not aware that there was a National Readathon Day.
Extending the time is a bit awkward, if it's supposed to be only that four hours - it would have to be a 28-hour timeline, and then each person would have to ignore 24 hours of it and find just their four hours...complicated.
Update: I messed this up. New Zealand is in Daylight Time now, so they're at UTC+13. Rather than redoing the whole timeline, I just picked a different city as the base. Turns out that Majuro, Marshall Islands is in UTC+12 (so Noon there on Saturday is 2pm in Honolulu). Majuro is also where my father was stationed in the Navy during WWII. So it works for me! :)
Apologies to anyone in Auckland New Zealand, my timeline only covers UTC-12 to UCT+12 . . . I realized too late that there are people at UCT+13 and UTC+14 (!). All are welcome to participate, but if you are in those two time zones, the Saturday Noon-4pm time slots are not shown in the timeline (so you'll need to wing it for those). I'd love to hear from anyone living/reading there!
No need to use a converter. We've got a pdf showing all the hours of the ReadaThing in all time zones.