Promotions & Events Celebrate Readathon Day on May 21st @ your Library

Join Penguin Random House, the American Library Association, and fellow readers—and listeners—across the country for the second annual National Readathon Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Celebrate the joy of reading and giving during #Readathon2016 by raising funds while joining fellow readers for a day of reading. Funds raised during #Readathon2016 will benefit the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children in libraries across the nation. Visit and look below for ways that you can get involved this spring.

Join the Readathon Conversation
Leading up to and during Readathon Day, use the hashtag #Readathon2016 to spread the word about National Readathon Day. Tell your patrons how your library plans to celebrate.

Visit the Readathon Share page for shareable images, videos, and Gifs, and be sure to follow the hashtag to see how other readers, listeners, and libraries will be celebrating and supporting childhood literacy.

Host a Reading Party
ReadathonDayPartyImageHelp bring readers, listeners, and communities together by hosting a Readathon Day Party. Visit the Readathon Day reading parties page for ideas on how to host a party and for a FREE, downloadable save the date poster. If you would like to host a reading party, email to have your event featured on the website.
Celebrate Readathon Day with Audiobooks
Here are some fun program ideas to incorporate audiobooks on Readathon Day. For more ideas, click here.

coloring logoListen to audiobooks while you color! Put some R&R into Readathon Day. The library is the perfect place for busy adults to find some peace and quiet―so allow them to de-stress while enjoying a story on audio. Encourage readers to bring their own coloring books and pencils―or have printouts at the ready—and you provide the audiobook.

maxwellglick1Invite a narrator to your book club! Schedule a book club meeting to coincide with Readathon Day and Skype in the narrator of the audiobook! Members will love the added connection to the story and the narrator can lend a truly unique perspective to any book talk. Email if you are interested in more details about how to set up a narrator Skype session at your library.


Calling all Audiobook Artists! Provide sketch paper and crayons or colored pencils. As you play an audiobook for the kids, encourage them to draw a scene or illustrate a character as they listen to the story. Seeing the variation in the art that’s created can lead to a fantastic conversation about the power of imagination.

Name that Character! In this literary take on Name that Tune, teens will be challenged to use their ears and recognize their favorite characters as they come to life on audio. Select a beloved series or a popular title such as the Harry Potter series or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Pre-select the clips you would like to play for the crowd. Have teens write down their best guesses, or create multiple choice questionnaires for them to fill out.

Make a commitment to support early childhood literacy
f1059f85-1c7e-454e-8252-8a00db2ee88bClick here to make a contribution to support ALA’s childhood literacy programs throughout the country and encourage your audience to do the same by sharing on social media. We hope you will consider supporting National Readathon Day and childhood literacy programs nationwide. If you have questions, or would like to become more involved please email the Readathon Team at

Learn about the Library Awards for Innovation
You can use Readathon Day as a jumping off point for the Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation, where libraries will have the opportunity to apply for grant awards in support of creating the most innovative community-based programs in 2016. This award acknowledges extraordinary public library programs/services that engage citizens in reading and strengthen the social and cultural fabric of their community. Learn More

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