the 7th annual out loud reading challenge

to raise funds for the Tompkins County Public Library


Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight



In front of TCPL, at the corner of Green & Cayuga Streets,

101 E. Green Street, Ithaca


TC Public Library READATHON

The READATHON is our challenge to read out loud – one reader at a time, 30-minutes each, all day long – to raise funds for our public library. Readers and supporters gather to share their love of reading, books, community -- and our Library!

Want to support your favorite reader or team? Interested in learning more? Click here for all the details and to give:

Who? Your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers...anyone who values TCPL and literacy!

Here's the schedule so far:

Saturday, April 27, 2019

8:00 to 8:30 AM: TCPL Director Annette Birdsall, reading selections from Ursula LeGuin's The Wave in the Mind 

*Kickoff sponsored by Sciarabba Walker*

8:30 to 9:00 AM: Spencer Hill, reading Roald Dahl's Danny, Champion of the World

9:00 to 9:30 AM: Bob and Story Proehl

9:30 to 10:00 AM: Emily and Mary Hopkins

10:00 to 10:30 AM: Julee Johnson, reading Carl Sagan's Cosmos

10:30 to 11:00 AM: Patty Thayer, reading selections from E.B. White's Charlotte's Web

11:00 to 11:30 AM: Jen and Mena Schlossberg

11:30 AM to 12:00 Noon: Melisa Crumrine

12:00 to 12:30 PM: Scott Hitz (and puppet) reading selections from Winnie the Pooh, sponsored by Dermatology Associates of Ithaca

12:30 to 1:30 PM: Zee Zahava and Friends, reading original work

1:30 to 2:00 PM: Kelly Sauve

2:00 to 2:30 PM: Next Chapter Book Club, reading P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins Returns, sponsored by Chiropractic Health Care

2:30 to 3:00 PM: Johannes Leip

3:00 to 3:30 PM: Grace Xing, reading from Michelle Obama's Becoming and Nico Medina's Who Was Genghis Khan

3:30 to 4:00 PM: Leslie Danks Burke

4:00 to 4:30 PM: Rich Recchia, reading The Lorax and more

4:30 to 5:00 PM: Lisa Swayze

5:00 to 5:30 PM: Tanya Morrisett, reading Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux

5:30 to 6:00 PM: Keith Hannon



Virtual READATHON Readers:

  • Tom Fredette and Noah

6:00 to 6:30 PM: Anna Gardner

6:30 to 7:00 PM: Liz Honis, reading A Circle of Cats, by Charles De Lint

7:00 to 7:30 PM: Wendy and Sam

7:30 to 8:00 PM: Jessye Cohen-Filipic

8:00 to 8:30 PM: Meredith Collins

8:30 to 9:00 PM: Woody Chichester

9:00 to 9:30 PM: Rachel Balzano

9:30 to 10:00 PM: Mady Chlebowski, reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Endless Forms Most Beautiful

10:00 to 10:30 PM: Lilah Aslan

10:30 to 11:00 PM: Bill Jablonski

11:00 to 11:30 PM: Brett Bossard

11:30 to 12 Midnight: Luca Maurer

Thank you to our 2019 READATHON sponsors, Wegmans!


For more information, contact Kerry Barnes at kbarnes@tcpl.org or 272-4557 ext. 232.


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.

We need your help to keep us all reading.

Want to support your favorite reader or team? Interested in learning more? Click here for all the details and to give:

Tompkins County Public Library Foundation

PO Box 6727

Ithaca, NY 14851-6727

(607) 272-4557

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