World Read Aloud Day
March 8, 2011 2:16 PM   Subscribe

World Read Aloud Day
I serve on the Associate Board for the global literacy organization, LitWorld. Tomorrow is a big event we've spearheaded, World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day is an international event that motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and stories, by encouraging them to participate in a global movement to advocate for every child's right to literacy, safe education, and access to books and technology. In honor of the event, LitWorld is inviting all participants to read with loved ones and new friends from now through March 9 and tally their minutes to reach the goal of 774 million minutes in honor of the 774 million people worldwide who cannot read. We've got events happening in all 50 states, over 55 countries, and online. We'd love more and it's not too late to sign up on the website to do something to share the gift of literacy with the world. It's a really big day for us and very exciting and I hope the MeFi community will join in.

In New York City alone, one million residents cannot read above an elementary level. To call attention to this alarming number, LitWorld will host a 24-hour Read-Aloud Marathon in Times Square on March 9, with support from the New York Daily News. Special guest readers at the event will include Chancellor of Schools Cathie Black, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott, and many renowned authors and performers, including C. Alexander London (that's me), Adam Gidwitz, Jane O'Connor, and Jill Santopolo. A special LitWorld poem will be printed exclusively in the Daily News for New Yorkers to read together and help celebrate the power of the written word.
posted by cal71 (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Hmm, I'm only half way through C. Alexander London's new book... maybe I could read from that...
posted by jrb223 at 2:23 PM on March 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

I encourage my theatre students to get together to read assigned plays aloud, so I'll pass this on to them!
posted by Mngo at 3:40 PM on March 8, 2011

Looks like our founder will be on Good Morning America today!
posted by cal71 at 3:12 AM on March 9, 2011

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