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Thanks to your overwhelming support and participation, we have exceeded our goal of $70,000 and are stretching to $85,000 to fund lifelong learning programs and services at Chicago Public Library!

Join us for a fly virtual finale on May 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST featuring special guest speakers, plus the announcement of reading challenge and raffle winners.

Register here

Join the Chicago Public Library Foundation Associate Board for Read-A-Thon—its biggest community initiative of the year. Beginning on April 5 and ending on May 21, readers of all ages, experience levels, and tastes can take their reading habits to new heights while supporting Chicago Public Library. Challenge your friends and family to support your reading goals, earn exciting prizes when you reach milestones, and join us for a finale celebration in May!

The Chicago Public Library Foundation Associate Board are young professionals dedicated to the lifelong pursuit of learning and discovery for all. Associate Board members are committed to engaging Chicago’s young professional community as supporters of—and ambassadors for—the Library.   

REGISTRATION: $25 per reader

Ways to Participate

READ ONLY

Love Chicago Public Library? Love reading? Get your book list together and let’s start flipping pages!

REGISTRATION: $25 per reader

READ & FUNDRAISE

Looking to read and support the Chicago Public Library Foundation? You’ve come to the right place!

REGISTRATION: $25 per reader

SUPPORT A READER

For every $25 donated, and increasing increments of $25, donors earn one (1) raffle ticket towards any one of our sweet prizes

Virtual Finale

May 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. CST

Registered participants are invited to the virtual closing Read-A-Thon celebration. The celebration will feature special guest speakers, plus the announcement of reading challenge and raffle winners.

Register here

Reading Challenges

Are you ready to level up with these fun challenges? When you register to participate, you will automatically receive a Read-A-Thon 2021 bookmark

The highest-scoring readers in the following overall categories will earn a special Library Foundation swag bag of assorted books and a Chicago Public Library owl t-shirt.

  • Most books read (Adult, Young Reader, Team categories)
  • Most dollars raised (Individual and Team categories)

Adult Readers:

  • Complete three (3) books and earn a Read-A-Thon face mask.
  • Complete six (6) books and earn a Read-A-Thon tote bag and three (3) raffle tickets.
  • Finish 10 or more audiobooks and earn a Read-A-Thon tote bag.

Young Readers:

  • Complete 25 or more books and earn a Read-A-Thon tote bag.
  • Finish 10 or more audiobooks and earn a Read-A-Thon tote bag.

Team Reading Challenges:

All team reading challenge goals are cumulative; each team member’s reading progress counts toward the team’s reading total.

  • Complete 15 books and earn a Read-A-thon tote bag.
  • Complete 25 books and earn a Read-A-Thon tote bag and up to six (6) raffle tickets.

Note: Raffle tickets earned by teams will be evenly distributed among members.

Earn Raffle Tickets – Every $25 donated, donors earn one (1) raffle ticket towards any one of our sweet prizes.

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