Athens readers part of Ray Bradbury Read-a-Thon, August 22

Ray BradburyWUGA News Anchor/Reporter Alexia Ridley and Athens Regional Library System Children’s Services Coordinator Evan Michael Bush will join readers across the nation for a virtual read-a-thon celebrating author Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday on Saturday, August 22.

During the read-a-thon, more than 40 readers from all over the country will perform a virtual reading of Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. The reading will be streamed over YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, with more details to be announced. 

“I was so surprised and honored when (ARLS Executive Director) Valerie Bell reached out to me with this opportunity. I’m excited, and I must admit I have a bit of nerves,” Ridley said. “I am really looking forward to seeing the whole thing put together, and I love that Athens and the Athens Regional Library System are part of something so special.”

“Seeing Bradbury speak at a local college when I was 16 was a life changing event. Several years later I had the pleasure of meeting him in person, and will forever be thankful for his inspiration and influence,” Bush said. “I am honored to be able to represent the Athens Regional Library System, and to pay homage to this literary giant and personal role model, by taking part in this tribute to Bradbury’s legacy.” 

“When the library was asked to participate in the Read-A-Thon, we were excited to be included among nationally recognized, prestigious institutions,” Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell said. “Being selected for this project is a testament to our community’s love of literature and puts us in great company.”

The Athens Regional Library System joins participating partners The Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as one of 22 contributing public and university libraries from across the United States. 

The read-a-thon will be streamed online on Aug. 22, 2020 and then remain available to view through Sept. 5 after the initial broadcast. More information can be found here: https://raybradbury.com/announcing-the-ray-bradbury-read-a-thon/