Thursday, January 15, 2015

National Readathon Day is Jan. 24

            The National Book Foundation, GoodReads, Mashable and Penguin Random House are creating National Readathon Day from noon to 4 p.m. (in each respective time zone) Saturday, Jan. 24. Readers are asked to read a book for four straight hours and to raise funds to support the National Book Foundation, which brings books to needy communities and promotes a lifelong love of reading.

            Some bookstores and libraries will host “reading parties” during these four hours on Jan. 24 with readers gathering and reading silently together.  
            National Readathon Day is asking participants to share their experiences using the hashtag #timetoread.
            Check out this video of authors explaining the power of books and their passion for reading. My favorite is Norman Lear saying, "I read when I should be looking at television."

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at