Our signature annual fundraising event, the READATHON is powered by passionate library users sharing their love of reading, books, community--and the Library! On one special day in April, these intrepid reader-fundraisers share their favorite fiction, poetry, nonfiction, speeches, personal writing, memoir--you name it--and demonstrate the powerful impact private donations make for our community and our Library.
The 2021 READATHON--the 9th annual read-out-loud challenge to raise funds for Tompkins County Public Library--raised $23,559! Every dollar raised helps to buy books and other materials our community so desperately needs. Nearly a million items are used each year—a remarkably high level for a community of our size—and 100% of the funding for annual purchases comes from private support like yours.
I'm reading in and fundraising for the 2021 READATHON because I love the Tompkins County Public Library and want to do my part to support it, now more than ever.
I want to raise funds to help buy books, films, and other materials so that every person coming to the library wherever they are coming remains informed, entertained, and educated.
--Margaret Soulstein, 2021 READATHON reader-fundraiser
Olivia & Raul Palma
Millicent Clarke Maynard
Noah & Tom Fredette
Bob & Story Proehl
Ballet and Books Team
-sponsored by Odyssey Bookstore
Emily & Mary Hopkins
McGraw House Team
Buffalo Street Books Team
Terri Beth Ledbetter
To learn more about the READATHON, contact Kerry Barnes at email@example.com or