One of the "real" Cosby kids to visit Hall Book Exchange

Read-A-Thon Brings Author to Hall
Story from the Gainesville Times, written by Brandee A. Thomas

As has become an annual tradition, readers from all over Hall County are preparing to stay up all night to help stamp out illiteracy.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, the Hall Book Exchange at 1854 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, will host the fourth annual 24-hour read-a-thon.

The event is a fundraiser for the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy, an organization that provides educational opportunities to more than 2,000 people annually.

The marathon reading event will conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to folks reading around the clock, the event will be peppered with a variety of actives, including author visits, book discussions and even a wake-up workout.

Author Braxton Cosby, nephew of Bill Cosby, will be the first to share his work. At 6 p.m. Friday, he will be available to sign copies of his first book, “Protostar.” The young adult fiction book is appropriate for children ages 12 and up.

Rachel Glazer will follow Cosby at 7 p.m. with a children’s bedtime story. In addition to reading a story to younger attendees, she will also present her dramatization of “Martina, A Beautiful Cockroach,” a Cuban folktale written by children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy.

Free refreshments will be available throughout the read-a-thon.

If you are interested in participating, call the book exchange in advance to reserve a time slot.

In addition to the smaller door prizes, two grand prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event — one for the person who reads the longest and one for the person who raises the most money.

Fourth Annual 24-Hour Read-A-Thon

When: 5 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2011  to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2011

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

More information: 770-532-6693

Visit their Facebook Event Page HERE!



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