Friday, May 16, 2014
Mark Your Calendars: Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon
What is Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon?
Dewey's is a twice-yearly readathon featuring hourly posts, hourly mini-challenges, hourly prize drawings, a vibrant social media community (blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr), and all the bookish fun you can imagine crammed into one day! We refer to the Read-a-Thon as a "choose your own" adventure because there are so many things to do! Some people choose to read all day, others choose to split their time between various activities, while those with limited time can sign up to cheer on their fellow read-a-thonners in the time they have available. It's really up to you and you DO NOT have to read for the whole 24 hours! :D
We're also really proud that Dewey's was the original readathon! It was founded in 2007 by our dear, fearless leader who passed away in 2008.
When is Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon?
It's always in April and October. The dates vary slightly depending on what's shaking in the world, but we post the dates on 24HourReadathon.com so it's easy to find! We'll also begin publicizing on Facebook, Twitter, and other channels about a month before each event.
Who is the Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon team?
We have a big, awesome team of helpers! At the helm are Andi from Estella's Revenge and Heather from CapriciousReader. We also have volunteers to who post "warm up" blog posts with advice and recommendations in the week leading up to the event. Then there are somewhere between five and 10 hourly hosts. 21 hourly mini-challenge hosts, a bunch of prize wranglers, and prize donors! Whew! It's a bit overwhelming.
Where do I find Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon?
Email: deweyreadathon (at) gmail (dot) com
We're also working on a Goodreads group for the October event!
Why would I want to participate?
There's no better way to feel the vastness of the bookish community online! It's amazing to see hundreds of people (800+ in April 2014) sign up and to know that you're all READING together, celebrating books on one glorious day!
In short, it's just plain fun. If you've never participated before, we recommend jumping into the fray at least once to get your feet wet and see what it's all about. We guarantee you'll get some great reading done and you might even meet a ton of new people on Twitter or out and about by visiting some new-to-you blogs.