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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Tompkins County Public Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Read-A-Thon, will take place completely online this Saturday, April 25 beginning at 8 a.m.

The Read-A-Thon, now in its eighth year, normally takes place at the library with fundraisers reading in-person out loud in an all-day event celebrating literacy and raising funds for library materials. This year, however, in response to the statewide “stay at home” order due to the COVID crisis, Read-A-Thon fundraisers did their reads at home and recorded them to share with everyone on both on the library website and through the Library Foundation’s Facebook page.

The schedule of readers is also available online.

Every dollar raised in the Read-A-Thon helps to buy books and other materials the community needs. TCPL lends nearly a million items each year –– a remarkably high level for a community of its size –– and 100% of the funding for annual purchases comes from private support such as the funds raised by the Read-A-Thon fundraisers.

For more information about Read-A-Thon 2020, visit the foundation website or contact Kerry Barnes at

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation sustains and strengthens our library by inspiring community support. The Foundation serves as a bridge between the library and the community, encouraging engagement through philanthropy and participation.


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