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Library holds reading marathon

Bridget Gilmore

The library will be having its Reading Marathon , a program aimed at getting students to read, for its second year.

“Last year, we decided we needed a reading incentive for students. It spans 26 weeks so let’s have kids read 26 books,” said Mr. Myles Laffey, librarian.


The event has four different options for students: the 10 K Event, which requires 6.2 books; the Half Marathon, which requires 13.1 books; the Red Devil Reading Marathon, which requires 26.2 books; and the Ultra Marathon; which requires 45.5 books.

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“Some kids didn’t want to read 26 books, so this year we have different options,” Laffey said. “We just want people going at their own pace, enjoying what they’re reading, and when they fill out the bibliography based on the honor system, they come back in April and are entered in a raffle for a Kindle Fire and various gift cards.”


The marathon is open to all. “For anyone who reads for pleasure, or anyone who thinks it’s not cool to read outside of school, this is a good excuse to read,” said Nicole Gregor, a junior who participated and read 100 books last year. “It could only be six books so it’s good for people who just want to read a book they haven’t read in a while, or a book that just got turned into a movie.”

The event has been changed to allow students to modify the options they choose if they feel the amount of books it requires is too high or too little. “We don’t want kids to not participate because they feel like the plan they originally chose was too much or too little,” Laffey said

The only reading materials that do not count are textbooks and magazines.

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