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The Perfect Library Fundraiser

Did the thought ever occur to you that the perfect library fundraiser would be a read-a-thon?

Before we explain why read-a-thons make so much sense for libraries we suggest you check out our read-a-thon calculator to see how much money your library can raise. Click here

So why use and why is a read-a-thon perfect?

The purpose of all libraries is to provide a resource of reading materials that would not otherwise be preserved or be made available to the average reader. In other words people go to libraries to read and learn from the resources only libraries possess.

So how do you help preserve libraries? There are two key ingredients I believe. The first thing that needs to be done is make sure people want to read. Libraries offer some great programs like children's reading sessions, author lectures and more. The more things a library can do to attract an audience and maintain its relevancy in the community the more it will likely thrive.

The second thing that needs to be done to preserve libraries is to make sure they are adequately funded. Libraries have so many needs and need to make sure they continue to update their tools and resources in a rapidly changing world. Those updates can be quite costly.

We believe our Read-a-thon system in the perfect way for a library to combine both of those elements into a very natural fundraising campaign. Users of the library facilities will sign up as readers and get sponsors to support their participation in 10 different 30 minute reading sessions over a two-week period of time. The proceeds from those sponsors would directly benefit the library.

The Power of a Library Read-a-thon Fundraiser

Lots of libraries realize the power of a read-a-thon. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh held a Winter Read-a-Thon February 14 - March 15. Their rallying cry was "It's winter. What better time to hunker down with a good book? We're challenging the community to keep the pages turning this winter by pledging to read. Every time you open a book, read to your child or attend a reading event you'll help us reach our goal..."

Riverside Library holds read-a-thons to raise money for buying new library books (students are surveyed for specific titles they want), buying prizes for Book Bugs program and buying prizes for the Library Crew.

Our program was designed for younger readers. Ideally the best candidates for our read-a-thon is from 8th grade and younger, If that's the age of your average reader our system and it's tools were created to motivate participation and maximize results.

We offer complete fundraiser management. We accept payment for all donations so your readers are not collecting nor being responsible for money. We offer incentives for your readers to get the most sponsors possible. We offer the best tools to contact and entice friends and family to sponsor your readers. We keep everyone up to the minute with what they should be doing to get the best results.

Those are the main reasons for using our company for your fundraiser.

The benefits of holding a read-a-thon for a library are obvious. If you are raising money for a library the people participating in your fundraiser have to have some association with books and reading. What better what to solicit donations for a library than to ask people to support young readers.

Our system combines the best of all available tools. There is no doubt in our minds that this is the best library fundraiser anywhere.

Here are some great resources to learn more about whether a Read-a-thon makes sense for your library:

See how much money your library can raise with our Read-a-thon calculator: Click Here

Get the answers to your basic questions in our Read-a-thon FAQ section: Click Here

Get a brief explanation of how our Read-a-thon system works: Click Here

Check out a sample prize store: Click Here

* RAT charges a 25% fee on donations to cover credit card costs, prize centers, etc.