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Ready, set, #Readathon2016

National Readathon Day logo.Saturday, May 21, is National Readathon Day 2016 – an opportunity for readers of all ages to come together at their local libraries, schools and bookstores to celebrate reading and raise money for early literacy. Proceeds from the event will benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which supports literacy skills among children from birth to age 5.

Leading up to and during National Readathon Day, you can proselytize the cause of early literacy by using the hashtag #Readathon2016 on your favorite social media platforms. You can also make a donation to the cause on the event’s Firstgiving Fundraising page.

Penguin Random House also is using #Readathon2016 to roll out its Library Awards for Innovation, which will afford libraries across the country the opportunity to apply for grants for community-based programs.

Be sure to visit the #Readathon2016 share page, for shareable images and videos and information on local reading parties. #Readathon2016 is part of ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign to raise awareness of all that libraries and library professionals do for their communities in the digital age.

Read on, everyone.

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Charlie Wapner

Charlie Wapner is an information policy analyst for the Washington Office.

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