December 8 2014

BHS English Dept. Holding Read-A-Thon to Support Ferguson Public Library

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington High School English Department is holding a fundraising event to help a public library giving people refuge in a troubling time. 

On December 15, BHS is hosting a Read-a-thon to raise funds for the Ferguson Public Library, which has become a safe haven in a time of crisis for the residents of Ferguson, a blog post by the BHS English Department states.

"In a recent edition of All Things Considered on NPR, the library’s director, Scott Bonner, points out how the library has been able to use the recent influx of funds to create and distribute 'healing kits' – packages with children’s books and stuffed animals for the children of Ferguson – and how he hopes to raise enough money to add another permanent member to the library’s staff to help with the increase of traffic the library has seen over the past months," the post explains. 

"The Ferguson Library is, in short, exactly what a library ought to be – a place where people can relax, find peace, and discover a great new book," the post continues. 

According to the blog, the Ferguson Library has recently received support from authors Neil Gaiman and John Green, who was inspired by Bonner’s recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) appearance on Reddit, and has donated autographed copies of all of his books to the library.

"We love reading, and we love libraries, so we’d like to help out as well," the BHS department said. "Burlington High School is holding a Read-a-thon to support the public library in Ferguson. Students are collecting sponsors to support them in their pledge to read for a 45-minute period during a study hall, before school, or after school on Monday, December 15. All money will be collected on the day of the Read-a-thon, and all students are invited to participate. Please make checks out to BHS English Department."

To sponsor a student for 5 cents per minute adds up to a mere $2.25, and a dime a minute ends up being $4.50. Of course, any amount is appreciated.

To contribute, click this link: Readathon – Student Pledge Form

Students, faculty and staff who are participating will use the BHS Library as their quiet reading space, and students are free to go to the library during their study hall.

"We will also provide treats for the readers, because the only thing that can possibly make reading any better is reading with treats," the post says. "We will also have options available both before and after school for students who do not have a free period on the 15th."

If you wish to participate from outside of BHS, all you have to do is dedicate 45 minutes of your day to reading, and then if you wish to contribute your own pledge to help raise funds for the Ferguson Library, CLICK HERE (then click on the box in the upper-right corner) – any amount is appreciated.

You can also bring your donation into Burlington High on the 15th and leave it in the main office. If you wish to round up pledges from outside of BHS, CLICK HERE to download a sponsor page.

Participants are encouraged to take a photograph of the book that they are reading, and post the picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag: #BurlingtonReads4FergusonLibrary


The sign on the circulation desk at the Ferguson Public Library

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