Start stretching those page-turning fingers, flexing those book-supporting arms, and exercising those reading eyes. Start piling up those books and lining up those pledges. It’s time for the Alpine Public Library Read-a-Thon!
The 2017 APL Read-a-Thon starts with a kick-off party on August 30, 5:30-7 PM. For the next 21 days, you’ll have an excuse to spend all your free time reading, and you’ll help earn money to support your library. The Read-a-Thon works like any fundraising walk-a-thon or marathon (except that you’re not likely to get injured). You contact your library-loving, reading friends and relatives from Alpine and from around the country and ask them to pledge a certain amount of money per page or book.
To recruit sponsors, describe the wonderful programs and comprehensive collection offered by the library and explain that as a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) institution, the library receives most of its funding from grants and generous donors, people like your sponsors.
The Read-a-Thon ends on September 20 with a close-out party. Readers of all ages can participate and compete for prizes. Participants may count books read to them as well as books they read to others, and all books count, including audio books and e-books. Last year’s Read-a-Thon raised $2,650 and drew readers and sponsors from Alpine as well as from as far away as California and Oregon. To enjoy three exciting weeks of reading while supporting your library, start by getting registration information from the library circulation desk or download the forms below. Then you just retire to your favorite spot and read!
– Lee Smith