LitWorld | March 1, 2011
Hundreds Gather in NY’s Times Square for 24-Hour Read-Aloud Marathon to Combat Global Illiteracy
Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages from all 50 states and at least 40 countries will celebrate the power of words and stories during the annual World Read Aloud Day presented by LitWorld (litworld.org), the New York-based global literacy nonprofit organization, on Wednesday, March 9.
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.
Tens of thousands of diverse individuals in at least 40 countries will be joining in the World Read Aloud Day celebration, hosting events from poetry slams to international video chat readings in schools and community groups around the globe. Hundreds of organizations, including Jeffrey Sachs’ Millennium Cities Initiative, The Daily News, FreeBalance, Ericsson, Scholastic, Dave Eggers’ 826NYC, Broadway Housing Communities, and The Children’s Village, are also participating.
“World Read Aloud Day has coalesced energy around the importance of reading for all via a vibrant network of supporters,” said Allyn. “And anyone can take part in the action. Anyone can host a World Read Aloud Day community event, or simply take the time to read aloud to a friend in honor of this cause.”