Prizes! Middle-schooler reading marathon next Saturday

November 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders – whether in public school, private school, or homeschooled/unschooled – are invited to join in a Reading Marathon next Saturday. It’s happening at six Seattle Public Library branches around the city, including the Southwest Branch here in West Seattle. Teen-services librarian Cheresse Thoeny shares the announcement:

What is the Reading Marathon? Your chance to read for six straight hours at a Seattle Public Library branch.

Why would I want to do that?

· For every hour you read, you’ll receive a prize. Read all six hours and you might win a fabulous grand prize!

· If students from your school read the most total hours, your school receives the Reading Marathon Champions banner—and bragging rights.

· There will be plenty of free snacks and pizza will be served.

· You can bring a pillow, bean bag, or anything else to make things comfy.

· You can read anything you want (book, e-book, magazine, comic, etc.) as long as you read it silently. (What about audiobooks? Check with a librarian ahead of time.)

To join in, just show up at the Southwest Branch Library (35th and Henderson) between 11 am and 5 pm next Saturday (November 16th).


  1. I wish they had done this when I was a kid!! I would have been all over that. All six hours!

    Comment by AJP — 2:06 pm November 10, 2013 #

  2. AJP, me too. Loved to read, and write. Cool thing for this is that they will let kids do online reading too, according to the presentation deck that is linked to the first “reading marathon” reference in this story – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:30 pm November 10, 2013 #

  3. Wish they would have one for high-school kids, too – my daughter would be all over it! I showed her this and she was a little jealous.

    Comment by add — 10:37 am November 11, 2013 #

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