FOREST CITY | Forty people, including Waldorf University students, faculty and staff plus community members, participated in last week's 24-hour Read-A-Thon.
Participants signed up to read aloud in 15-minute shifts from 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, to 5 p.m on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in the lounge of the Louise V. Hanson Library on the Waldorf campus.
They read from their favorite books or their own creative writing.
This second annual Waldorf Read-A-Thon was made possible through a partnership between the library and the Warriors Writing Club.
The first Read-A-Thon was led primarily by Library Director Derrick Burton.
This year Ryan Clark, assistant professor of English at Waldorf, led the way with the help of the Warriors Writing Club.
Burton continued to offer support by providing space and resources for the event.
Some hours of the Read-A-Thon had special themes.
Participants read science fiction and fantasy works from 8 to 9 p.m. during the first day of the event. The "Hour of Fright" was from 11 p.m. to midnight, with readers sharing scary stories.
Hours also were set aside for children's stories, poetry, comedy and original work.
Clark said many readers signed up for multiple shifts, including several members of the Warriors Writing Club "who managed to get us through the early morning hours."
"Special recognition should go out to Keisha Hendry, Ellie Peterson, and Ruth Worrell, who each stayed for around 20 hours of the duration of the Read-A-Thon," Clark said.
He said he's received a positive response from the readers who participated, "and I know that there is a special sort of pride felt by those who fought to stick around for as long as they did."
"Staging this Read-A-Thon has been a fun way to support literacy, a love of literature, and creative writing, and I'm looking forward to hopefully do it all over again next year," Clark said.