Anyone up for National Readathon Day, January 24, 2015? (It's actually only 4 hours)


Join LibraryThing to post.

Anyone up for National Readathon Day, January 24, 2015? (It's actually only 4 hours)

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

Nov 21, 2014, 11:58am

Anyone interested in a mini-ReadaThing on Saturday January 24, 2015? The scheduled event is Noon - 4 pm in your local time zone, but we could set something up to cover that range for everyone and some more hours (depending on interest). Thoughts? (Official details below)

National Readathon Day
Consider this: 53% of 9-year-olds read for pleasure daily, and by the time they turn 17, that number drops to 19%. Without your help, book worms may soon become an endangered species.

That's why Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation are launching National Readathon Day. We're asking book lovers across America to pledge to read for four hours starting at noon (in respective time zones) on January 24, 2015.

NOTE: This is an NBF fundraiser, but you don't have to pledge $$ to participate.
Details (from )

What's National Readathon Day (NRD)?
- NRD is a nation-wide marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24 from Noon – 4pm (in respective time zones)
- You can share your love of books and support programs that promote reading by pledging to read and fundraising for the National Book Foundation
- It's like a walk-a-thon charity drive, but we're turning pages instead of walking laps.

What does the National Book Foundation (NBF) do?
- The NBF's mission is to expand the audience for literature in America.
- We're dedicated to promoting literacy and reading through programs like the National Book Awards, BookUp, 5 Under 35, and the Innovations in Reading Prize.

How do I get involved?
- Pledge to make #TimeToRead by registering for National Readathon Day on Firstgiving
- Fundraise individually or as a team and you'll be eligible for great prizes for book lovers of all ages
- You can start your own team of friends and colleagues, or join a team captained by your local bookstore or library.

Details on doing the fundraising aspect can be found here:
I'll probably just read.

Dec 12, 2014, 7:31pm

Odds are I'll be reading anyway - I'll try to remember to post about it. Not gonna fundraise, though.

Dec 28, 2014, 8:30pm

I think I will do it. I already give to Reading Is Fundamental, this one sounds similar in its goals. I like it!

Dec 30, 2014, 5:31pm

Sounds good to me!

Edited: Jan 2, 2015, 4:55pm

Good stuff - I'll be reading and will promo on FHC blog . Extra hours would be fine with me CST here - Not sure if they have a Canadian program re- fundraising so will stick to the reading commitment.

Thanks for the headsup ;)

Jan 4, 2015, 2:15am

No fundraising here either but I would love to take part in this. If we do set one up, I am going to attempt to get my family (kids, grandchildren, siblings, nieces & nephews) to turn off the television and all take part in this with me. Perhaps I can bribe the naysayers with a free meal.
Thank you for posting this Lucinda. I was not aware that there was a National Readathon Day.

Jan 4, 2015, 5:10pm

I'll read! Didn't know about this Readathon Day.

Jan 7, 2015, 5:36pm

Okay, I'll try to figure out the best way to post a timeline that captures the 12-4pm local time everywhere. I'm thinking that we could extend it so that a single timeline covers all the possible 12-4pm spans around the globe (so a full 28 hours?), but I haven't worked out the details.

Jan 8, 2015, 12:57am

For a four-hour span... maybe just make a thread for those who wish to post what they read and when? The timeline seems a bit overkill. Up to you, of course.

Extending the time is a bit awkward, if it's supposed to be only that four hours - it would have to be a 28-hour timeline, and then each person would have to ignore 24 hours of it and find just their four hours...complicated.

Jan 8, 2015, 1:32pm

My original suggestion WAS to extend it beyond the 4 hours so there was more overlap and we could follow each others' reading. I was using that 4 hour readathon as an excuse to do a mini-readathing. But maybe there's not enough interest in that?

Jan 8, 2015, 2:11pm

I will join in and read whatever and whenever I can that day :D

Edited: Jan 11, 2015, 6:11pm

If we want to cover the whole globe, we would start Friday 2 PM in Hawaii (which is Noon Saturday in Auckland New Zealand) and go for 28 hours. So the sample start times would be New York: Friday 7pm, London: Midnight (Fri/Sat), Tokyo: Saturday 9 AM, Sydney: Saturday 11 AM, Auckland: Saturday Noon. Add 28 hours to get the various end times. Of course, the emphasis would be on Saturday Noon-4 pm your local time, but this would encourage us to read along with other folks in their own 12-4 slots. Too confusing? or sound like fun?

Update: I messed this up. New Zealand is in Daylight Time now, so they're at UTC+13. Rather than redoing the whole timeline, I just picked a different city as the base. Turns out that Majuro, Marshall Islands is in UTC+12 (so Noon there on Saturday is 2pm in Honolulu). Majuro is also where my father was stationed in the Navy during WWII. So it works for me! :)

Jan 8, 2015, 6:07pm

OK, sounds fun!

Jan 8, 2015, 6:13pm

Why not - noon-4pm on a weekend almost always includes at least an hour of reading for me anyway; might as well make it a bit less flexible in this weekend.

Jan 9, 2015, 8:57am


sounds fun to me too Canada CST

Jan 9, 2015, 4:11pm

I will be participating and organizing an event with my school!

Jan 11, 2015, 6:16pm

The WIKI-Timeline is up at:

Apologies to anyone in Auckland New Zealand, my timeline only covers UTC-12 to UCT+12 . . . I realized too late that there are people at UCT+13 and UTC+14 (!). All are welcome to participate, but if you are in those two time zones, the Saturday Noon-4pm time slots are not shown in the timeline (so you'll need to wing it for those). I'd love to hear from anyone living/reading there!

Jan 22, 2015, 12:31pm

Here's a time zone converter to help out -

Edited: Jan 22, 2015, 10:38pm

>18 FHC:
No need to use a converter. We've got a pdf showing all the hours of the ReadaThing in all time zones.

Jan 23, 2015, 6:57pm

I've started the LOGBOOK thread (to record and discuss our reading during the ReadaThing):