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Funds raised at Read-A-Thon will help Alliance programs
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Alliance for Literacy’s Read-A-Thon

When: 5 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hall Book Exchange, 1854 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

Contact: 770-532-6693,

Author schedule

Friday: 5 p.m., Joe Cobb Crawford, Renea Winchester; 6 p.m., Terry Kay, Haywood Smith; 7 p.m., Denise Weimer, Thomas Rasmussen, Jim Stephens; 8 p.m., Cindy Woodsmall, Meg Moseley, Bryan Powell, Amy Hanley; 9 p.m., Michael J. Riemann, Herman Thorbecke

Saturday: 11 a.m., Dennis Winstead, Walton Young, Melody Scott; noon, Joseph Scott Morgan; 1 p.m., Braxton Cosby, Shane Etter; 2 p.m., Elizabeth Dulemba, L. Charles Bertone

Bibliophiles, get out your jammies, brew the coffee and stock up on energy drinks: The sixth annual Read-A-Thon returns this weekend.

The event, sponsored by the Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy, runs for 24 hours from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hall Book Exchange, 1854 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. It is part of Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service, sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light.

Community members are invited to read from one to 24 hours to raise money for the Alliance’s literacy programs.
The Alliance also has challenged book clubs, community organizations, students and friends to form teams or line up sponsors for the 24-hour period. Each reader is asked to commit to raising a minimum of $10 an hour.

Money raised will help the Alliance fund a basic literacy class to help participants acquire basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and communication needed to compete in the workplace, strengthen family foundations and exercise full citizenship.

“We believe the greatest gift you can give a child is a parent who can read,” said Donna Shinafelt, Alliance executive director.

“For the families and individuals of Hall County to be stable and self-sufficient we must offer them access to educational opportunities to improve their income potential. We ask that the community help us help families get on the road to economic independence through education.”

In addition, door prizes will be given throughout the event. Incentive prizes will be awarded to the individual who reads the longest and the one who raises the most money.

Numerous authors also are scheduled to appear during the event to read, discuss and autograph their books, including such notables as Haywood Smith, Terry Kay and Cindy Woodsmall. All proceeds from their book sales will benefit the Alliance.