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JANUARY 24 DECLARED NATIONAL READATHON DAY Date: 11/17/2014   Views: 0



If you love reading and had plans for January 24, you’d better think about cancelling them, because the National Book Foundation declared this day as the National Readathon Day. Of course, you might wonder why would I need a dedicated day to read, when I can do that all year round if I want to. Well, the answer is that this is more than just a reading event, its purpose being to raise money to support the nonprofit organization and also to encourage people to read more.

The event is a combined effort of the National Book Foundation, Penguin Random House, one of the largest book publishers in the world and Mashable and GoodReads, two websites that need no introduction. According to the event’s website, book lovers are asked to read between 12 and 4 p.m. on January 24, while bookstores and libraries are encouraged to organize “reading parties” where people can come and read together silently and/or tweet using the dedicated #timetoread hashtag.

As for the fundraising part, participants can donate money on their own or form teams and raise money as a group to support National Book Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” The organization does that by sponsoring public and educational programs and also by organizing the annual National Book Awards for the best literary achievements. To read more about the National Readathon Day and the National Book Foundation check out the event’s official website.