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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

2021 Reader-Fundraisers

Susan Currie

Rich Recchia
Olivia & Raul Palma
Rachel Balzano
Millicent Clarke Maynard
Noah & Tom Fredette
Margaret Soulstein
Sam Fink
Kathryn Diaz
Bob & Story Proehl

Ballet and Books Team

-sponsored by Odyssey Bookstore

Angela Levy

Irene Komor
Patty Thayer
Emily & Mary Hopkins
Julee Johnson
McGraw House Team
Dale Johnson
Buffalo Street Books Team
Brett Bossard
Bill Jablonski
Dan Kiely
Angelina Randazzo
Terri Beth Ledbetter


To learn more about the READATHON, contact Kerry Barnes at or