For immediate release | May 15, 2024

Literacy Nation Inc. and EMIERT announce the 2nd Annual Freedom to Read-a-Thon at 港澳台图库Annual Conference


Philadelphia — Literacy Nation Inc., in partnership with the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT), our Supporter and partners, is thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Freedom to Read-a-Thon. This exciting event will take place during the 港澳台图库Annual Conference on Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Time at the Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom Section 01.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacific Time
  • Location: Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom Section 01

The Freedom to Read-a-Thon celebrates the fundamental right to access diverse literature and promotes intellectual freedom. Participants are invited to read from any genre of their choice for 5 minutes. Whether it’s a classic novel, a banned book, or a contemporary work, this event encourages a love for reading and storytelling.

Featured Highlights:

  • Authors: The event will feature renowned authors who will contribute to the celebration of literature by sharing their own works.
  • Proceeds: A portion of the proceeds from the event will support the Merritt Fund, which provides financial assistance to librarians, as well as Literacy Nation and EMIERT.
  • Partnership: The Freedom to Read Foundation and The Coretta Scott King Round Table are also proud partners of the Freedom to Read-a-Thon.

Join us in championing literacy, diversity, and community building among librarians and literature enthusiasts. Your participation ensures that everyone has the opportunity to explore a wide range of literature and exercise their right to read freely.

Event Sponsors: Our major sponsor, Thorndike Press, will have authors on-site for book readings and signings.

Donations: We invite supporters and advocates for literacy and the Freedom to Read initiative to join us. Any amount donated towards the fundraiser will directly contribute to supporting the Freedom to Read Foundation.

For more information and to register for the Freedom to Read-a-Thon, visit our website at .

About Literacy Nation Inc.: Literacy Nation Inc. is committed to promoting literacy, justice, and access to diverse literature. Our mission is to empower individuals through reading and education.

About EMIERT: The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) is dedicated to promoting diversity and multiculturalism within libraries and information services.

About Thorndike Press: Thorndike Press is a leading publisher specializing in large print books. They make literature accessible to a wider audience, including those with visual impairments or reading challenges.

About Freedom to Read Foundation: The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) defends and promotes the right to read freely. They advocate for intellectual freedom, fight against censorship, and support individuals and institutions facing challenges to their right to access diverse literature

About Coretta Scott King Round Table: The Coretta Scott King Round Table (CSKRT), a division of the 港澳台图库 (ALA), focuses on promoting African American literature and cultural awareness.

“With Literacy and Justice for All”


Richard E. Ashby Jr.


Literacy Nation Inc.