November 24, 2010
The final numbers have been tallied and released! In October, Marathon County Public Library participated in Read for the Record, a world-wide event sponsored by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, to bring attention to the importance of reading to young children. Libraries and other organizations gathered children to listen to the book, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, in an effort to break the record for the most children listening to the same story on the same day.
And--we did it! The official record-breaking number was 2,057,513 children! Many events were held throughout the country. The Empire State Building was adorned in orange lights--the official color of Read for the Record. Celebrities gathered with children to read and promote the event. You can see pictures and video clips of some of the events at the Read for the Record web site.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Marathon County. You helped to break the record!
Remember to read to your children every day. It is one of the best activities that you can do to foster pre-reading skills that are so necessary for their future sucess!