National Readathon Day will take place this January

Groups including the publisher Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation encourage bibliophiles to read between 12 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 and to raise money for the event.

Robert Harbison
Teacher Casondra Johnson (l.) reads to her kindergarten class at Daniel Webster Elementary School in Pasadena, Calif.

Do you and your friends like to sit down and read together? Publisher Penguin Random House wants you to do that on Jan. 24 next year.

Penguin Random House is teaming up with the National Book Foundation and the websites Goodreads and Mashable to launch a National Readathon Day on Jan. 24. Participants are asked to read between 12 and 4 p.m. that day and to raise funds to support the National Book Foundation.

“Each year, millions of Americans – especially our youth – are losing touch with the power and importance of reading books,” the website reads. “Help change lives this winter.”

On the event’s website, organizers suggest libraries, schools, bookstores, or other venues head up reading parties.

For the fundraising, participants can gather money on their own or form a team. 

Check out the website for the Readathon here.

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