Read-A-Thon Seeks Readers, Sponsors

Walt Pickut and Jim Roselle
Walt Pickut and Jim Roselle

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James Prendergast Library

Plans are shaping up for the first Jim Roselle Read-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Prendergast Library, but readers and sponsors are still needed, according to Joni Blackman, event chairperson and library trustee.

There are slots for more than 40 local personalities to read aloud to a live audience during the day. Family-friendly selections will come from favorite books, poems and plays. To volunteer to read, call Ms. Blackman at 664-6256 or email her at

Because the event is a fundraiser, participating readers will look for sponsors for their efforts. Pledge sheets are available online. Businesses and individuals are being asked to support a half hour or an hour of reading in order to make the event a success.

People can also donate online at by clicking on the Support button and marking their donation for the Read-A-Thon.

The Read-A-Thon will be held on the third day of the summer bargain book sale when books are half-price. The Media One Group will be broadcasting live from the library in the morning, and the library will host a petting zoo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available to purchase. There will be a 50/50 giveaway and other prizes for attendees.

“The event will be a full day of food, fun and family activities as well as an important fundraiser for the library and a fitting way to honor the memory of a true library champion,” according to Ms. Blackman.

Proceeds will support the library’s materials budget and its ongoing services and programs.

“The library is important to so many people in our community. Events like this help to keep it vital and strong,” said R. Thomas Rankin, president of the library’s Board of Trustees.

The inaugural Read-A-Thon is named for the late Jim Roselle, a well-known area radio personality and a longtime library board member who used to say a library card was the most valuable card in anyone’s wallet.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.