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Read-A-Thon

Join GRPL for a virtual Read-A-Thon!

This online fundraiser features read-alouds by local community members and reading challenges for all ages to raise money for GRPL’s Mobile Library. Read books, win prizes, and enjoy online storytelling all while supporting your library.

GRPL’s Read-A-Thon fundraiser kicks off during National Library Week 2021. 
Every dollar raised will allow GRPL to purchase technology and supplies for the Mobile Library which supports life-long literacy and access to information and resources.
It’s our goal to raise $26,150 by the end of April!

Download or print a pledge sheet. You can also pick up a pledge sheet from your favorite GRPL location and start reading! Questions? Email read-a-thon@grpl.org.

Make a gift to the Grand Rapids Public Library in support of our Mobile Library here.

Get Started

1. Download or print a pledge sheet.
You can also pick up a pledge sheet from your favorite GRPL location.

2. Set a goal. Decide how many minutes or how many books you will read in April.

3. Get pledges. Reach out to friends, neighbors, and family members to gather pledges.

4. As you reach your goals, keep track of the donations youve collected in support of GRPLs Mobile Library on your pledge sheet.

5. Beginning May 1, stop by any GRPL location to submit your pledge sheet and donations and pick up your prize. Online donations can be submitted here. Pledge sheets and donations must be turned in by May 8, 2021.

 

 

 

Win Prizes

Participants of our virtual Read-A-Thon will win cool prizes! Track your progress with a pledge sheet and, beginning May 1, pick up your prize to celebrate your month of reading!

Beginner prize: Read-A-Thon Sticker
All participants receive a specialty sticker!

Finisher prize: Commemorative GRPL 150 Enamel Mug
Participants who turn in their pledge sheet receive a commemorative 150 mug!

Virtual Events

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Kyd Kane

Premiering on April 6, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join Grand RapidsPoet Laureate, Kyd Kane, for a reading of the childrens book Keisha Anne Can! by Daniel Kirk.

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Ginger Ambrosia

Premiering on April 8, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join Drag performer Ginger Ambrosia for a reading of the childrens book Red: A Crayons Story by Michael Hall.

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Kendra McNeil

Premiering on April 13, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join We Are LIT bookshop owner Kendra McNeil for a reading of the childrens book Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris.

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Premiering on April 15, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services for an ASL reading of the children’s book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin. National Deaf History Month happens March 13 – April 15, 2021.

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Jarred Daniels

Premiering on April 20, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join Jarred Daniels of Safe Haven Ministries for a reading of the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Jarred will read an excerpt from the award-winning book.

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Gabriella de la Vega

Premiering on April 22, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join WYCE media personality, producer, and community leader, Gabriella de la Vega for a reading of Una niña llamada Rosita by Anika Denise in español.

GRPL Read-A-Thon with Mike Lacett

Premiering on April 27, 2021, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join WZZM sports anchor and reporter, Mike Lacett, for a reading of the children’s book, Salt in His Shoes  by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn Jordan.

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